Saturday, March 2, 2013

A tasty casserole

What I like about casseroles: 1) they're easy to prep, 2) I can throw it in the oven and forget about it for awhile, and 3) there's always leftovers for lunch the next day. What I dislike about casseroles: they look gross and have the potential to taste gross.

This one isn't gorgeous but it's definitely one of the better looking ones from my personal experience, and it tasted delish. I was trying to make this other casserole with farro but it turned out disgusting (it looked and tasted like vomit, I may be exaggerating a little) and I ended up throwing it out. I had too much farro left over however, so I used it to make what I'm writing about, and that was a great choice.

Adapted from Skinnytaste

Ingredients (If I don't list measurements for a certain ingredient, then it's because I just threw a bit in without paying attention to how much. As long as you're not ridiculous, you'll be fine):
  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • Oil
  • Garlic (I used powdered)
  • Head of broccoli
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Onion (I used dried)
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk (I used soy)
  • Cheese (I used a white cheese blend)
  • 1 cup diced chicken
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese (I used the gross powdered stuff and it tasted fine)

Cook your farro! This is a picture I took when I was making the failure casserole which I didn't post about.

Preheat oven to 375F. Cut your broccoli into little florets. On the stove at medium heat, heat some oil and garlic, then add broccoli and saute for a little bit. Remove from heat and transfer broccoli onto a separate plate.

Turn heat back on to medium. Add about butter and onions to the pan and allow the butter to melt.

Add flour and stir til you get a paste.

Add milk and cheese. Stir to mix well.

Add farro, chicken, and broccoli, and fold with a spatula. 

If you're not using an oven proof pan, then you'll need to transfer your pan's contents to a greased baking dish. Luckily my cast iron pan is awesome, so I just scraped down the sides and smoothed the surface. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and parmesan until well covered, then pop into the oven for 20-25 min. You can then broil it for a couple minutes for a crisp, golden crumb, but my ghetto oven doesn't have this option :(

I couldn't scoop it out prettily :( It may look like vomit too but it at least it doesn't taste like it.

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