Skip to main content

Church Casserole



 
Church Casserole



When I was a kid I traveled with our youth group in the summer to perform musicals at other churches. We were always put up in the homes of the congregation members and fed at church potlucks. No matter which church we ever went to, this dish was always there. You’ve got to trust popularity sometimes.



2 c. cooked white rice
1 c. cottage cheese, room temperature
1 package cream cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground pork or beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. black pepper
2 cans diced tomatoes
4 oz. whole milk mozzarella cheese, sliced



Cook the rice according to the directions and set aside. In a medium sized skillet sauté the onion the pepper and the garlic in the olive oil for three minutes. Add the ground meat and continue cooking until it is browned. Add the tomato, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and coriander. Cook over medium heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.



Stir the cream cheese and the room temperature cream cheese into the rice until they are well combined. Spread the mixture in the bottom of a large baking dish. Pour the tomato and meat mixture over the rice, then lay the sliced mozzarella cheese over the top. Bake in a three hundred and fifty degree oven for thirty minutes. Enjoy!





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

20 Things…you learn after moving to Florida.

20 Things…you learn after moving to Florida.
1.There is a big difference between a roach and a palmetto bug. Real roaches are the guys from New York. They infest, they are spooky smart, they are dirty and nasty, and you have to work really hard to get rid of them. Palmetto bugs however, are big and creepy and dumb. You usually see them outside at night and they will fly right at your face. They don’t infest because they are native and they can’t survive in our AC temps. 2.Every public indoor place will always be frigid. Most of your friend’s houses will be as well. I take a sweater with me almost everywhere that I go, and if I forget to I regret it. 3.Outside of weather emergencies, weathermen are superfluous. In the rainy season, which is most of the time, there is an eighty percent chance of rain, every single day. The weather man has no idea what time it will rain, how hard, or for how long, and there is no way for him to predict it. You just have to go out there with your fingers cr…

Resolve to be Happy

1. Stay In

2. Read Books

3. Let it go to Voice Mail

4. Write a Letter

5. Dance

6. Invest in Mood Lighting

7. Have Dinner with Friends 

8. Take Walks

9. Bake

10. Breathe Deeply

11. Enjoy your Morning Coffee

12. Play Board Games

13. Hug your Pillows

14. Adopt a New Ritual

15. Look Around

16. Give a Gift

17. Happy Cry

18. Smile at Strangers

19. Cuddle

20. Savor Small Portions

21. Stretch

22. Take Pictures

23. Use Profanity Freely

24. Give Hugs

25. Listen Carefully

26. Beautify your Space

27. Share your Favorite Movie 

28. Laugh Generously

29. Accept Gifts Gratefully 

30. Give Thanks

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This sophisticated version of pumpkin pie is amazingly smooth & rich. It is also Gluten-Free & free of Refined Sugar. 


Ingredients:

29oz pumpkin puree - 1 lg. can
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
8oz cream cheese - softened
5 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. honey
1 c. GF flour 






Whipped cream:

1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract




Honey to drizzle on top.





Making it Happen:

Combine all of the ingredients for the pie in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined. When the batter is smooth, pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for one hour.





Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.




To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 





Plate pie with whipped cream & drizzle with honey. Enjoy!