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Casserole Au Riz. Recipe

Casserole Au Riz Recipe

History and Fun Facts:
Casserole Au Riz, also known as Rice Casserole, is a delightful and versatile dish that originated in French cuisine. The word "casserole" comes from the French word "casse" which means pot or pan. This dish has a rich history and has been enjoyed by many for centuries.

The casserole dish itself is oval and fluted, resembling a cake mold. It is important to note that a jelly mold should not be used for this recipe as the texture and shape will not turn out as desired.

This recipe is unique as it starts with boiling rice until tender and transforming it into a firm paste. The addition of one egg and a few tablespoons of strong gravy binds the rice together, giving it a smooth and cohesive texture.

Traditionally, the inside of the mold is lined with the rice paste. Some chefs prefer to fill the mold with the rice and then scoop out the center, creating a hollow space to be filled with the fricassée of fowl and sweetbread. The choice is yours, and both methods produce excellent results.

Once the casserole is filled with the fricassée and white sauce, it is placed in the oven to become hot and brown. The result is a delicious and visually appealing dish that can be enjoyed as a main course or served as an impressive side dish.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
- 2 cups of rice
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of strong gravy
- 1 lb of chicken, diced
- 1 cup of sweetbread, diced
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

Instructions:

1. In a large pot, boil the rice until it is tender. Drain the rice and let it cool slightly.
2. In a bowl, combine the boiled rice, one beaten egg, and two tablespoons of strong gravy. Mix well to form a firm paste.
3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
4. Take the oval and fluted casserole mold and line the inside with the rice paste. Make sure the rice layer is of sufficient thickness to turn out without breaking. Alternatively, you can fill the mold with the rice paste and scoop out the center to create a hollow space.
5. Allow the rice to cool and set in the mold, preferably in the refrigerator, until it is cold and firm.
6. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic. sauté until they are translucent and fragrant.
7. Add the diced chicken and sweetbread to the skillet and cook until they are browned and cooked through.
8. Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
9. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes until the flavors meld together. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking.
10. Remove the casserole mold from the refrigerator and carefully fill it with the prepared fricassée of chicken and sweetbread. Ensure that the sauce has evenly coated the filling.
11. Place the filled casserole mold in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is hot and browned.
12. Once cooked, carefully remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
13. Gently invert the mold onto a serving plate to release the casserole. The rice should hold its shape, showcasing the delicious filling in the center.
14. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
- Chicken and Rice Casserole: A classic comfort food dish that combines chicken, rice, and a creamy sauce. It is usually baked in the oven until the top is golden brown.
- Seafood Rice Casserole: A delightful variation of casserole, featuring a combination of seafood such as shrimp, crab, and fish, mixed with rice and a flavorful sauce. This dish is perfect for seafood lovers.
- Vegetarian Rice Casserole: A meatless version of the casserole, using vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, and zucchini, along with rice and a creamy sauce. This hearty dish is sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Enjoy the delectable flavors and unique textures of Casserole Au Riz, and explore the various variations of this beloved dish with different fillings and ingredients!

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