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The Firehouse Special

 The Firehouse Special
“This versatile dish can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's great hot and cold, and it tastes even better the second day. Top with salsa or sour cream or both.” —Darrell F Alvord, Boise, Idaho
20 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 55 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 3 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) Johnsonville® Hot Ground Sausage
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope leek soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil.
  • Stir in rice; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir
  • in 2 tablespoons butter; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat
  • until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl.

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The Firehouse Special (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In same skillet, saute mushrooms in remaining butter until tender.
  • Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add to meat mixture. Stir in
  • spinach, cottage cheese, eggs, soup mixes, garlic powder, Creole
  • seasoning and reserved rice mixture.
  • Divide between two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes; sprinkle with
  • cheese. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes
  • longer or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (10 servings
  • each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 315 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 787 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.