Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tasty Tuesday -- Pork Sausage Casserole

This dish is adapted from the More-with-Less Cookbook. I've been making it "forever", and it's one the whole family at least tolerates. It's also one of the few recipes I haven't reduced in size as the kids moved out and on. Most of the leftovers* will vanish just the same.

Pork Sausage Casserole

In a pan, brown 1 pound ground sausage** and one onion -- chopped. Drain fat and juices. Combine in large greased casserole with 2 ribs celery -- chopped, 2 cups raw rice***, 1 t. salt, pepper to taste, 1/2 t. poultry seasoning, 2 t. parsley flakes and 3 1/2 cup boiling chicken broth****. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350F. (I like to stir it midway through cooking, or the rice ends up on the bottom.)

* When reheating leftovers of this, I have found that adding a little water helps retain the texture, stovetop or microwave.

** I usually use plain sausage, but you could use hot, or sage, or even Italian or chorizo. I think with these last two I'd leave out the poultry seasoning.

*** The original recipe specifies long-grain rice, but I've made it OK with medium. You might have to adjust the liquid a bit.

**** I don't actually use "boiling chicken broth". I use water and chicken bouillon granules, and usually I make it ahead and refrigerate. If you do make it ahead, bake it for 1 1/2 hours to be sure the rice is done.


Lisa said...

Just commented on your name post, but was reading through your archive... I've been thinking about this idea a lot lately ... "more with less." Do you recommend this cookbook? I work a job where my husband and I almost never get to share a meal during the week, so I try to make food in advance and keep individual portions in the fridge to avoid eating out expenses... this sounds right up my alley!

Salome Ellen said...

Lisa, I can't imagine my life without this cookbook! When Roger and I were first married we had a grocery budget of $25 a week. This book made that possible (helped along by the fact that my Mom stocked our pantry as a wedding present.) Many of our family's favorite recipes are from here. Get it!