Mushroom & Rice Casserole

So, the apartment smells like home currently as I make a favorite from my childhood.  It’s technically “chicken & rice casserole”, but I simply eliminate the chicken.  It absolutely feels like a very 60’s/70’s era dish and yes, there’s a variation in my circa 1976 copy of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook! (eventually I want to cook my way through it!  although I’ll skip the meat…)

cookbook
Vintage Betty Crocker’s Cookbook…Thanks Mom!!
recipe
Vintage Chicken-Rice Casserole Recipe

Mushroom & Rice Casserole
Ingredients:
Rice:
1 cup rice
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 t salt
1 T butter

Sauce:
1/2 C butter
1/2 cup flour (I use a GF mix)
4 cups broth
1 cup evaporated milk (or 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk plus 3/4 cup water)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp oregano leaves

1/2 C chopped green onions (I usually leave these out)
8 oz sliced, sauted (or canned) mushrooms
1/2 C cheddar cheese

if you want to add the meat:
1 whole chicken, cooked, remove meat from bones, cut meat into small pieces (or use a deli chicken or a package of frozen Tyson chicken breast strips, defrosted)

mushrooms
Mushrooms!

Directions:
Rice:
Combine the rice with the boiling water, salt and butter. Cover and bake at 400F for 30 minutes (mine ALWAYS takes longer than 30 minutes, just keep cooking it until the rice has absorbed the water & is fluffy)

rice
Rice

Sauce:
Melt butter, add flour, then add broth and evap. milk. Cook and stir until sauce is thick, then add salt, pepper, turmeric and oregano.

sauce
Sauce

Casserole:
Spread rice in bottom of a large casserole. Top with chicken (if you’re a meat eater), chopped green onions, sauce, and mushrooms. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

prebakedcasserole
Casserole

*Can be put into 2 smaller (or more) casseroles and frozen.

Yield: 6 servings

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