Hearty Sausage-Rice Casserole With Pecans by Nita
hearty sausage and rice casserole with pecans by nita 
serves about 12 
note: this could be halved and frozen easily. 
2 boxes uncle ben's long grain and wild rice 
(note: use only one of the seasoning packets) 
1/3 cup  white rice
5-1/2 cup  boiling water
1   knorr beef bouillon cube
3 Tbsp  butter
1/2 tsp  crushed basil
1/2 tsp  crushed herbs de provencal or, oregano and parsley
combine in a large boiler and cook according to package directions for 
about 25 minutes or until tender and water is mostly absorbed: remove 
from heat and set aside. meanwhile, peel, chop and set aside 1 medium 
sweet type onion. in a frying pan, break up and saute' until browned: 1 
or 1 1/2 pounds bulk mild sausage 
when sausage is done, remove it from pan. drain on paper towels to remove 
excess fat. set aside in a medium bowl. saute' onion in the sausage 
drippings (add a little butter if needed) until tender and somewhat 
translucent. remove onions from pan when done and add to bowl with cooked 
sausage. stir to combine. drain mushrooms, discard liquid and chop 
medium chop: 
1 large  jar sliced mushrooms
add chopped mushrooms to sausage and onion mixture. 
add: 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pecans to above. 
when rice has cooled somewhat, combine it in a large bowl with the 
sausage, onions, mushrooms, pecans. stir together gently to combine. 
add and stir in well: 
1 can  campbell's cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
1   soup can half & half or milk
1/4 tsp  ground black pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp  table salt
pour mixture into a large baking pan and sprinkle with plain bread crumbs 
if desired -- (optional - if using bread crumbs, drizzle with excess 
sausage drippings and melted butter). bake in preheated oven at 350 
degrees f. for 25 to 30 minutes. serve hot. 
note: crushed potato chips could be used for chopping. 
may cover mixture and refrigerate overnight and bake the next day. remove 
from refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking and bake as above only if 
the mixture is cold, it may require a bit of milk and baking for about 40 
minutes. serve with green salad or cole slaw. 
nita holleman 
(ID: 8878) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Wed, Feb 4, 2004

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