For the hectic evenings.......Turkey and Rice Casserole

It's almost time for school to get into full swing. Schedules are hectic and you may have less time to play about in the kitchen. Don't grab fast food! Here is a delicious casserole that is very easily thrown together. A real family pleaser (if you family likes turkey). I "borrowed" this one from Marie at The English Kitchen.

A recipe you'll love to have on your rotation for a quickie meal with big return on flavor. Healthy stuff too :-)


1 cup of long grain rice
3 cup of cooked turkey, chopped
2 cups of cooked chopped broccoli
1 1/2 cups of milk (
1 cup chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
2 dessert spoons of mayonnaise (about half a cup)
2 stalks of celery, trimmed and chopped
1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350*F. Butter a large baking baking dish. Set aside.

Stir together the rice, turkey, broccoli, soup, milk, broth, mayonnaise, onion and celery in a bowl. Add half of the cheese and stir again. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with some foil.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the casserole is bubbling. Add more cheese and bake until the cheese is melted on top and it is lightly browned.

Note- I used a full turkey leg (drumstick and thigh) that I got at the shops. I simmered the leg in lightly salted water, along with some peppercorns, a bayleaf, a stick of celery, half an onion and a carrot for several hours until it was fall off the bone tender. I then had enough meat for this casserole and a tasty stock to make some soup with.

Original recipe by Marie may be found HERE

What are your go-to meals when you are in a time crunch?


~~louise~~ said...

Ah, the halcyon days of back to school. I actually liked my kids home for the summer:)

The greatest thing about this dish, which I sometimes make with chicken, is that the rice cooks in the pan. Way cool...

My go to dish, in a pinch, is spaghetti with garlic and oil. I love it and usually everyone else does too. Simple and oh so good!!! (of course the leftovers are even better:)

Thanks for sharing, Tina...

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girlichef said...

This sounds like a good family meal...I bet it'd be great with chicken, as well. I think our go-to meals always seem to be pasta related...spaghetti, pizza-baked spaghetti. With garlic bread or toast...

Pierce said...

Louise, Thanks for letting me know about the profile thing...(off to investigate) and oh yeah, that pasta you mentioned is always a fav with us!! Really, August of 2009? I guess I've been at this longer than I thought :-)

Girlichef - That would be good with chicken now that you mention it. Defintely pasta!!

Velva said...

Tina, this is a really good weeknight meal. My life is crazy during the week and I am always looking for something that my family would enjoy. Thanks,


Brenda said...

Perfect weeknight meal and perfect comfort food. I hope your resident bartender concocted the perfect cocktail to have with it. :o)

Drick said...

like using the dark meat and simmering it down yourself, much more flavorful to start with, plus you got some fine stock, but I suppose a store bought roasted chicken would do just fine - I like recipes like this, as you know, meals in one dish...

Wandering Coyote said...

Looks great, as usual, Pierce. I can imagine this being brilliant after Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving feasts.

Pierce said...

Velva, let me know if you make it!

Brenda - I think we had wine...uh-oh, now I can't remember!!

Drick - Yeah, it was all about convienence and speed this night!!

WC - That's what I was thinking, after holidays when you have loads of extra turkey!

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