I was flipping through the cookbook the other night and found the Wild Rice & Beef Casserole. I'll give you what the recipe calls for and then tell you how we modified it and plan on modifying it even more next time for quicker cooking.
- 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
- 1 package (6.2 oz) fast-cooking long-grain and wild rice mix
- 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed tomato soup
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
Cover and bake 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and mixture is hot.
*Here's how we altered it and plan on altering it next time*
Instead of beef we used fresh pork sausage. I think it would have been too plain with just hamburger meat.
We didn't use Cheddar cheese. We just used whatever was in the refrigerator. I think it was the taco mix kind?
Next time I will prep the night before. Cook the meat and maybe even the rice so I can just throw it together as soon as we get in the door and it will be done 30 minutes later. I also might throw some corn or peppers in there to get some veggies in. The possibilities are somewhat endless!