In this very moment, I can’t think of any food more comforting than rice and cheese…
Or creamy buckwheat…
Why is it that our bodies suddenly start to crave grains when the temperature starts to fall?
It feels like that’s all I’ve been wanting to eat lately: grains, bread or creamy pasta!
I’m constantly dreaming of Cheesy Tortellini, Fettuccine Alfredo, Meaty Lasagna…
Or a crispy rice casserole, why not, complete with cheese, of course!
Cheese AND loads of other goodies too: I must have fused all of my cravings of the late into this one single dish.
I think that all the typical Fall flavors have been invited to join this committee… Seriously, check out the roster!
There’s Ms. Butternut Squash. A classic. I think I made her Head Secretary of the Fall Flavor Committee. Or maybe it was President Chief Officer.
Yeah, I think that was it.
Then we have Ms. Apple. She should be made Treasurer, ‘cuz she’s such a sweet little treasure…
In the chair right next to her is Ms. Birdy Turkey. Oh, now she has to be the Head Chief of Council, for sure!
Wait, is that even a title? Bah, who cares. I make the rules, so I say it is!
Then comes Mr. Rapini. Too often forgotten that little guy… he must be the Accountant. Such a shame, ‘cuz he adds so much depth and robustness to dishes with that very unique flavor of his! One of my favorites, that’s for sure. I sometimes cook a whole bunch and eat it all to myself, just like that! Shhh. Don’t tell anyone I said that. They’ll think I’m a freak!
And of course, we can’t forget the pillar of the group, the foundation, the king of the dish: chewy, nutty and, in this case, crispy: Mr. Brown Rice.
I did things a little differently with this casserole: instead of mixing the rice with the rest of the ingredients, I decided to make it into a crispy crust by cooking it first at high temperature in a cast iron skillet.
I then put everything randomly right on top of that crust and threw the whole thing in the oven until the cheese started to melt and bubble and do what it is that cheese does best: ooze!
The result was an incredibly satisfying, super tasty and so very comforting dish! I only wish that I’d gotten to eat it right next to a fire.
But, since I don’t have a fireplace, I had to do without.
Maybe that’s what my body needs… a fireplace. Then it wouldn’t be craving so much comforting food.
Or maybe it would only crave it even more!
Watch this space, I get the feeling that lasagna will be on the menu soon.
Beefy, meaty, cheesy lasagna.
Oh, and healthy, of course! 😉