Our lil. princess Stelly just celebrated her 2nd birthday on April 21st, 2 days earlier! And I, with help from her daddy and her “ah boh” (meant aunt in Hainanese), had prepared simple dishes for her birthday party at daycare.
“Broccoli, Cheddar & Wild Rice Casserole” is one of the main dish. I forgot to take a picture of that dish itself. Anyway, here’s the recipe. Hope friends and readers can enjoy cooking and eating.
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 large onion, diced
2/3 cup uncooked wild rice blend, rinsed
1 pound broccoli
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
2/3 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
8 ounces cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
2. Add rice to onion and cook for 1 minute, then add 1 1/3 cups water and a few pinches of salt.
3. Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to lowest temperature and cook with the lid on for about 50 minutes (or whatever amount of time as suggested on your package of rice).
4. Peel broccoli stems and dice them into large chunks. Cut florets into 1-inch pieces. Cook in boiling, well-salted water for 2 to 3 minutes, then drain.
5. Combine cooked wild rice blend and broccoli. Set aside.
6. Prepare cheese sauce.
7. Pour cheese sauce over and gently nudge to ensure all pieces get some sauce.
8. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
9. Bake casserole for 10 to 15 minutes, until the sauce is bubbly, then run mixture under the broiler until cheese is toasty on top.
Methods for Cheese Sauce:
1. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the mustard powder, a pinch of cayenne and garlic and let sizzle for 1 minute.
2. Add flour and whisk until combined, cooking the butter-flour mixture for 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Slowly drizzle in milk, whisking constantly, then broth.
4. Bring to a simmer and cook mixture at a simmer, stirring the whole time, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
5. Remove pan from heat and stir in 1/3 of grated cheese until melted. Season generously with salt and pepper.
And today, I cooked the dish again, to clear out the fridge. Here’s the picture of the day!