2018-01-24 / Entertainment

Families love this ‘hotdish’

By DONNA ERICKSON

Here’s our tasty, family-friendly version of a “Minnesota Hotdish.” Hotdish, you say? If the term is new to you, think “casserole,” which is really the same thing — a baked main-dish combo of vegetables, meat and rice or potatoes, all mixed together with a cream sauce or canned soup.

This satisfying recipe melds tradition and taste in every bite with the nutty flavor of wild rice and the crunch of the water chestnuts. While our family hasn’t entered this favorite in one our Minnesota “hotdish competitions,” I can assure you it’s a winner with family and friends.

For scheduling convenience, the prep work can be done ahead, if you wish. Assemble the recipe with your kids in a casserole baking dish, cover and refrigerate overnight. It will be ready to pop in the oven the next day for dinner. While it bakes, slice up hearty crusty bread, toss salad greens with fresh orange slices and a vinaigrette, and you’re all set for a delicious warm-you-up cozy winter meal.

Wild Rice Chicken Casserole
1 (10-1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10-1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
1 1/2 cups cooked long grain white rice
4 cups cut-up cooked chicken
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced red pepper (substitute green bell pepper)
3/4 cup chopped green onions
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and loosely
chopped
1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large bowl, combine soups and mayonnaise.
Stir in cooked wild and white rice, chicken, celery, red

pepper, green onions
and water chestnuts.
3. Transfer into a 9-by-
13-inch baking dish. Bake,
uncovered, 50-55 minutes
until bubbly.
4. Remove from oven
and sprinkle toasted
almonds and fresh parsley
on top. Serve piping hot.
Serves 6-8.

TIP: Six-ounce boxes
of combined long grain
and wild rice to yield three
cups of cooked rice for

this recipe are available in
many grocery stores.
Donna Erickson’s
award-winning series
“Donna’s Day” is airing on
public television nationwide. To find more of her
creative family recipes
and activities, visit www.
donnasday.com and link
to the NEW Donna’s Day
Facebook fan page. Her
latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff
for Families.”

©2018 Donna Erickson
and King Features Synd.

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