As an avid gardener and occasional cook, I use fresh vegetables and herbs when trying out new recipes on my wife and children. This zesty rice dish always pleases.
- 6 cups water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups uncooked long grain rice
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 3 teaspoons dill weed, divided
- 2 teaspoons celery salt, divided
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced fresh tomato
- 1 cup diced green pepper
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced hot banana peppers or hot peppers of your choice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil; add rice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the parsley, 2 teaspoons dill and 1 teaspoon celery salt; set aside.
- In a large skillet, saute the carrots, tomato, green pepper, onion, celery and hot peppers in oil until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the soup, milk, basil, thyme, pepper and remaining dill and celery salt.
- Divide half of the rice mixture between two greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dishes. Top with vegetable mixture and remaining rice mixture.
- Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Vegetable Rice Casserole in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p234
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