Casseroles

Rick’s Gluten Free Lasagna

Gluten free pasta is tricky. Undercooking it means crunchy pasta and overcooking it turns the pasta into mush!   I purchased a box of Jovial lasagna noodles because the cooking direction on the box indicated that the noodles were to be used dry.  While I was wary about using dry pasta, the result was remarkable…

Beef Burgundy

Ingredients 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 carrot, diced 1 onion, diced Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Bordeaux or Burgundy) 2 to 3 cups brown beef stock 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 cloves…

Miriam’s Mexican Casserole

2 small or one large package yellow rice (Vigo…..with saffron) 1lb ground beef 1 15oz can diced tomatoes 1 package taco seasoning mix 1 cup shredded cheddar 1 cup milk 1 can cheddar cheese soup (Campbells) Make rice according to package directions brown meet and add taco seasoning Stir in tomatoes (undrained) bring to simmer…

Fish Pie Picardie

Ingredients 1½-2 lbs haddock or other firm white fish 8-10 large scallops 12-15 medium/large shrimp 1 cup milk 2 Tablespoon butter 2 Tablespoon canola/vegetable oil (not olive oil) 1 cup cider  (you can replace the cider with 1 cup white wine or 1/3 cup sherry or calvados and 2/3 cup water) ¼ cup flour ½ teaspoon salt…

Beans and Greens

Ingredients Bunch kale, stemmed and washed in two changes of water 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 2/3 cups white beans (¾ pound) or dried lima beans, picked over and soaked for at least four hours and drained 1…

Potato, Mushroom, and Spinach Casserole

Ingredients 2-3 lbs fingerling potatoes ½ to ¾ lbs sliced mushrooms (white, cremini, or a variety) 1 lb fresh spinach 1 medium onion, chopped (substitute one leek) 3 Tablespoon olive oil 1½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 4 cloves garlic (or 1½ inches of grated garlic in the tube, available in the produce section of most grocery stores) 8 oz ricottta…

Green Rice Casserole

Ingredients 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (small box) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed 1 cup milk 1 can Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Soup 1 cup cooked rice 1½-2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese Preparation Sauté onion in butter/margarine Mix all ingredients into casserole dish Base at 350ºF for around 30 minutes…

Florentine Squash Bake

Ingredients ¼ cup all-purpose flour ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper 2 cups skim milk vegetable cooking spray ½ cup chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup (2 oz.) grated Gruyère cheese 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry 5 cups cooked spaghetti squash ⅔ cup (3 oz.) chopped proscuitto Preparation Place…

Corn and Bean Casserole

A quick and easy (and nutritious) concoction that everyone will love to eat. Base Ingredients 1 can French-cut green beans, drained 1 can shoe-peg corn (usually already drained) 1/2 cup chopped onions cook in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in microwave for 2 minutes 1/2 cup grated cheese (cheddar’s your best bet) 1/2 cup sour…

Broccoli Rice Casserole

©1991 Cooking Light, adapted by Rick Tucker Ingredients 2-3 broccoli crowns Margarine 1/4 cup chopped onion 3 Tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1 1/4 cup skim milk Pepper 1 3/4 cup cooked rice 1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup nonfat or light mayonnaise Vegetable cooking spray 1 package Ritz crackers Preparation…

Cassoulet Rapide

Ingredients 2 cups dried navy beans, rinsed and picked over 1 cup strong chicken stock 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped 1 bouquet garni: the following tied in a cheesecloth 8 parsley sprigs 3 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons thyme 4 whole cloves 2 bay leaves 1 pound very lean bacon, cut into julienne strips 1 pound…

Eggplant Orzo Casserole

Ingredients 1 large eggplant, chopped into small cubes (about 8 cups) 2 cups chopped red bell pepper 1 cup chopped onion 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon thyme (dry or fresh) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 slightly-beaten eggs 3 cups cooked orzo (about 1 1/2 cups uncooked) 1/2 cup skim milk 1 cup grated or…

Crab and Asparagus au gratin

©2002 Meredith Corporation, adapted by Rick Tucker Ingredients 1 pound jumbo (chunk-sized) crab fresh asparagus margarine 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 Tablespoon cornstarch Salt Ground nutmeg Pepper 1 cup skim milk 2 Tablespoons chopped almonds 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Preparation Use chunk-sized crab, or cut crab legs into 1-inch chunks…

Corn and Bean Casserole

Ingredients 1 can French cut green beans, drained 1 can shoepeg corn, drained 1/2 cup chopped onions (cook in 1 Teaspoon oil in microwave for 2 minutes) 1/2 cup grated cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 can cream of celery soup (undiluted) salt & pepper Preparation Mix all ingredients and put into deep casserole dish.…