Monday, December 19, 2011

Baked Ham, Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Baked Ham
I bought a small, uncured  half Ham at Trader Joe's that was already spiral cut, so we just heated it in the oven.  I'd never had uncured Ham before - it's really tender and probably the best Ham I've ever had - including Honey Baked Ham which I love.

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole
John & I both remembered a similar casserole growing up that was made with Campbell's soup, but we wanted to make it from scratch. This re-newed version tastes fresh & beats the old one by a mile.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make 1 cup of White Rice according to package directions.

Cut one head of Broccoli into small pieces and steam over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes until it turns dark green.

While the Rice & Broccoli are cooking, make the Cheese Sauce:
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup Butter.
Whisk in 1/4 cup Flour
When Butter and Flour are combined, stir in:
2 Cups Milk
1/2 teaspoon each Salt & Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Continue whisking until sauce thickens - about 6 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup shredded Cheese
Turn heat off once cheese has melted.

Strain Broccoli and stir into cooked Rice, then pour Cheese Sauce in and stir until fully combined.

Spray a 9 x 13" baking pan with cooking spray, then pour Broccoli-Rice-Cheese mixture in. Smooth and top with more shredded Cheese.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until Cheese is melted and casserole is bubbling.

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