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Broccoli Rice Casserole

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My Broccoli Rice Casserole is a great side dish, wonderful for the holidays, and perfect for family get-togethers.

I’m using a quick-cooking long-grain white (Basmati) rice because it’s my favorite. You could definitely substitute short-grain rice like Arborio which also would be delicious, it’s a personal preference. I’m also using frozen broccoli florets for this dish.

Most Broccoli Rice Casserole recipes call for sour cream, here I’m substituting Mascarpone cheese because whenever I can add Mascarpone to either a savory or sweet dish I will.

One other option I’ve added to this recipe is to add a light sprinkling of breadcrumbs over the top of this dish, totally up to you. Let’s get started.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 1 (2-quart) casserole dish, 3-quart saucepot, colander, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, aluminum foil, medium-size mixing bowl, large mixing bowl, chef’s knife

Note: One bag of rice makes about 2 cups of cooked rice. I made both bags of rice to ensure I’d have 2 cups of cooked rice.

Ingredients:
1 pound (16 ounces) of frozen broccoli florets, thawed, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups of long-grain white rice, parboiled (Basmati, Success Boil-in-a-bag)
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced (substitute short-grain rice, Arborio rice)
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter, unsalted, extra butter for greasing baking dish
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2 cups of chicken broth/stock, reduced-sodium or unsalted (substitute vegetarian broth)
2 cups of whole milk (substitute 2%)
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of dried parsley flakes
2/3 cup of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature (substitute sour cream)
1 cup (8 ounces) of mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese mix (substitute sharp cheddar)

Topping: optional
Combine
1/4 cup each of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs and Panko
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley for topping (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Start by buttering the baking dish and placing it onto a rimmed baking sheet pan. Fill a large pot with water. Submerge the 2 bags of quick-cooking rice. Bring up to a boil, add a pinch of salt, cook the rice, according to box directions, only half the time, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, remove the 2 bags, allow the water to drain, open, and dump the parboiled rice into a medium-size mixing bowl. To the same pot of hot boiling water add the broccoli, stir, for 1 minute, drain into a colander, transfer to a large mixing bowl, set aside.

In the same pot, add the butter, onions, and garlic and sweat them for a few minutes or until translucent (you don’t need to develop any color)n add the flour, stir it all in for a minute then add the milk and stock. Whisk well to get rid of any flour lumps and simmer while stirring the whole time until the mixture thickens.

Add the seasonings, whisk them in to combine really well, then add the 2/3 of the cheese and Mascarpone cheese followed by the partially cooked and drained rice and broccoli.

Give everything a big stir (at this point the mixture is runny and that’s exactly what you want because the rice will soak up the sauce as it cooks) pour into the buttered baking dish, cover with foil. Transfer to the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the foil, sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese (this would be the time to add the seasoned breadcrumb mixture over the top if desired) place back into the oven and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve hot. There you have it my Broccoli Rice Casserole.

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Mini Herb And Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Potato Stacks

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My Mini Herb And Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Potato Stacks are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside. Listen, I’m making 48 of these mini potato stacks because Steve and I will snack on them as if they were a bowl of popcorn, lol! Where cute meets delicious.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 to 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 8 to 10 servings (approx. 48 potato stacks)
Equipment: 2 (24-cup) mini muffin pans, 2 large mixing bowls, small mixing bowl, 1 (10-cup) food processor, mandoline, chef’s knife, whisk

Ingredients:
3 pounds (2 24-ounce bags) of baby Yukon Gold potatoes, very thinly sliced (about 1/16 inch/2 mm thickness)
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) of butter, unsalted, melted
1 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated, divided
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder, divided
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped (reserve 2 tablespoons for the tops)
1/4 cup of fresh chives, finely minced (reserve 2 tablespoons for the tops)
Fleur de sel (finishing salt)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Over a large mixing bowl slice 1 bag of the potatoes into 1/16-inch thick slices using a mandoline. Add half the onion powder and half of the fresh herbs. Do the same over the second bowl using the remaining garlic powder and herbs. Mix to combine both bowls of potato slices.

In a small mixing bowl containing the melted butter, add garlic powder, Kosher salt, and black pepper, whisk to combine. Pour half over each bowl of potato slices, and toss both bowls until evenly coated.

Working as quickly as you can, layer potato slices into stacks in muffin cups, sprinkling grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese when the potato stacks are at the halfway point. Continue filling each cup to the top. Using the reserved minced chives and finely chopped thyme, sprinkle the tops of each potato stack. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until edges and tops are golden brown and centers are tender.

Once out the oven, sprinkle the tops with more of the freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Let the potato stacks stand in the pan for  3 to 5 minutes. Carefully remove the potato stacks from the pan; sprinkle with Fleur de sel (if desired).

Serve immediately.

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Homestyle Fried Potatoes

Homestyle Fried Potatoes

I’ve been making these potatoes since my daughter was very young. She loved them so much that they were a regular side dish on most nights.

Working in a diner, I serve my Home-style Potatoes with eggs and bacon all the time. People love their potatoes for breakfast. Imagine having them with dinner. Let me show you how I make my Homestyle Fried Potatoes.

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Homestyle Fried Potatoes

 

 

 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sautépan, chef’s knife

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
1 large red onion, finely diced
6 cups of red potatoes, 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup multi-color mini sweet bell peppers, finely diced
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped fine

Directions:
In a large sauté pan, preheated on medium heat, add olive oil and diced red onions. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon of the Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper, 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, and garlic powder. Cook for 5 minutes until onions are soft. Add the freshly minced garlic and toss it through.

Reduce the heat down to medium-low, add the remaining butter, allow to melt. Add the diced red potatoes, diced sweet bell peppers, and dried oregano. Using a flat spatula, toss the potatoes to coat.  Allow the potatoes to cook for 5 minutes before turning. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for another 20 to 25 minutes, turning occasionally until potatoes are browned and cooked through. Turn the heat off add the Italian flat-leaf parsley and toss.
Serve hot.
These are my Homestyle Fried Potatoes.

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