Recipe: Trash Casserole

I haven’t been baking much thanks to some grueling hours at work and very exciting weeks during the holiday season but I do have a menu plan for this week that I intend to attempt to stick to as well as a nice homey recipe that’s perfect for a quick wintertime dinner.

Trash Casserole
A casserole that can use up any bits and pieces left over in your house.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked rice (you can use leftover rice but I usually don't have any)
  2. 1 pound chopped frozen broccoli OR mixed veggies
  3. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  4. 1 onion, chopped (you can use half if you don't love onions as much as me)
  5. 1/8 cup all purpose flour (more if you like thicker sauces)
  6. 1/2 cup chicken stock
  7. 1/4 cup heavy cream (or whole milk if you don't keep cream around)
  8. 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  9. 1/2-3/4 cups grated cheese (I like to use Extra Sharp Cheddar because I always have it but I imagine nearly everything is tasty, it's cheese after all)
Instructions
  1. Heat up the vegetables in a bowl (or the steamer bag) in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
  2. Place the rice in a glass or ceramic baking dish you can just plop it in there and kind of evenly spread it out.
  3. In a saucepan on the stove melt the butter and fry up the onions until they start getting a little color.
  4. Stir in flour until thoroughly incorporated then whisk in stock and cream.
  5. 5. Dump in the mustard and cheese at this point and season with salt and pepper. (I also like to add paprika because I like paprika in everything, ymmv).
  6. Dump the veggies in the cheese mixture and give it a little stir.
  7. This is the fun part. Dump your cheese-vegetable mix on top of the rice. Put the whole thing in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes just for one last heat through. (You could probably eat it at this stage but it gets really melty in the oven, you'll appreciate your decision to do so).
Notes
  1. There's a lot that can be changed about this recipe if you prefer to use lower fat milk or different vegetables or cheese to create your own unique thing but this one works for me. The best is that if you have the rice lying around, this is done in about 30 minutes and definitely a delicious and filling meal!
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