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Turkey Rice Casserole with Spinach

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Turkey Rice Casserole with Spinach


Servings: Feeds about 4 folks.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


The Subjects of our Casserole

  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 oz diced cooked turkey (About 2 cups; I like a mix of white and dark meat.)
  • 4 oz fresh spinach Chopped (About 2.5 cups of leaves packed together).
  • 4 oz mild Cheddar cheese Grated (You're gonna reserve 1/4 cup for garnish).
  • The Sauce

  • 2 Tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp salt-free seasoning blend (Mrs. Dash table blend is good.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (Or to taste.)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion Minced.
  • 2 Tbsps flour
  • 8 fluid oz turkey stock (That's a cup.)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • The Garnish

  • 1/4 tsp smoked salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup mild Cheddar cheese Shredded (This is the aforementioned reserved garnish).

  • Instructions:

    Start by preparing the rice:
    Add water, rice, and that first teaspoon of salt to a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a full simmer, give it all a stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Kill the heat and let the rice rest covered in the pot for another 10 minutes at least before using.

    Meanwhile, while the rice is cooking:
    Preheat oven to 450F
    Melt butter in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. When the butter foams, add the 1/2 teaspoon of salt, salt-free seasoning, and minced onion. Sweat the onions for a good 10 minutes or until they become translucent and start to get soft, all the while giving 'em a stir from time time. Add flour and stir until integrated. Cook for another couple of minutes to get the raw out of the flour, then whisk in the turkey stock. Heat until just simmering over medium heat, then stir in chopped spinach, sour cream and diced turkey. Stir the cooked rice into the turkey-spinach-sauce mixture (or vice versa), then dump half into a 9x9 inch baking dish that's been lightly greased with cooking spray. Sprinkle on all but the reserved quarter cup of cheddar cheese, then top with the rest of rice mix. Combine smoked paprika and smoked salt and garnish the casserole the aforementioned smoky mixture and the remaining cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, then let rest another 10 minutes before serving (you gotta set the table and get yourself a beer anyway).

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