But that didn’t seem very SEO friendly, although accurate.
So I’ll just say: This might be the best casserole I’ve ever made.
And I don’t make that many casseroles, so there isn’t a whole lot to compare it to…but just the same, this is good.
First, I needed to use up this turkey kielbasa that had been sitting in the refrigerator. But it always seems boring, this kielbasa business.
And casseroles always seem dry to me. Dry. Boring. No one wants to eat those.
So I was essentially hungry for something exciting and gooey — but in a casserole.
The solution to all problems.
What can a cheese sauce not make better?
Except if you just ran out of milk, in which case it seems like a daunting task. Neither myself nor the Mister had any cash, so I dug through the change jar to find three of those gold coin dollars (Mister wouldn’t let me spend the $2 bills my grandmother has been giving me every birthday since I was 10).
Downstairs and into the A.A. Variety store, I came out victoriously with a half gallon of milk.
Sometimes miracles do happen. And they are in the form of cheese sauce.
Recipe for Cheesy brown rice, kielbasa and and broccoli casserole
- 1/2 a turkey kielbasa ring, diced
- 3 cups brown rice, cooked
- 1/2 cup broccoli
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook your rice. I like to cook it in large batches and plan my meals for the week (so, after this, I’m using leftovers to make fried rice). Cut the kielbasa and broccoli into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for about 30 seconds, whisking.
Whisk in the flour and cook about two minutes.
Take it off the heat and whisk in the milk. Return to heat and whisk in the cheese and paprika, and keep stirring until it’s melted. Turn off the heat.
In a bowl, mix the rice, kielbasa and broccoli. Place it in a casserole.
Pour the cheese sauce over top, using a fork if it needs help to get the sauce to spread throughout. Top with the parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Great right out of the oven or as leftovers.