Ah, the glorious traditions of the holidays . . . . friends, family, food, fun . . . f*cking off from writing the blog. I’ve had a lovely time over the past week being a domestic goddess, but I’ve missed being a writer girl. I’m trying to get back into actually writing fiction at the moment just so my brain doesn’t explode and I don’t start talking to the furniture, but I thought I could at least pop in here and share a recipe. I made this last night with the final succulent remains of our Thanksgiving turkey, and it was quite yummy. And it made great leftovers for lunch today, too – two minutes in the microwave.
Turkey & Rice Casserole
Leftover turkey, white and dark meat, cut into small bite-sized pieces – at least 1 cup
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of chicken broth
1 can of dry white rice
1.5 to 2 cans of water
1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons of dried minced onion
Salt and pepper to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons of butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an oblong casserole dish with cooking spray or grease with butter.
Whisk together the cream of mushroom soup, the chicken broth, and 1 can of water with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, and dried minced onion in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rice and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, stirring often, until rice is translucent and beginning to soften – about twenty minutes – adding extra water as needed. Remove from heat, stir in turkey.
Spread rice and turkey mixture in casserole dish, spread butter in small dabs over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes more or until casserole starts to brown at the edges and rice looks fluffy.
Makes 4-6 generous entrée servings.
The more turkey you have, the better this is. Also, you can sprinkle stuffing mix (just the seasoned bread crumbs, not instant stuffing) over the rice and under the butter if you like a crunchy topping. By the way, this also works with chicken, including those rotisserie fowl you can get at the grocery store. But personally, I like turkey best.