Shelly's Cheesy Broccoli No Rice Casserole
1 Yellow Onion, diced
6-8 Mushrooms, sliced
2 cups of Cauliflower, riced
12 oz bag Broccoli Cuts, cooked
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 (10.5 oz) can of Condensed Broccoli Cheese Soup
1/4 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese
1 Tablespoon Za'atar
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Crispy Onions
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
Optional: 1 cup cooked whatever protein (chicken, turkey, beef, sausage, etc.)
Saute yellow onion and mushrooms till golden. Set aside. Cook broccoli (I use those steamer bags of broccoli cuts and then chop them up even more when done) and set aside. Break up the cauliflower into small florets. Pulse the florets a few at a time in a food processor until reduced to the size of rice grains (about 2 cups worth after whizzing) or better yet find some pre-riced (Trader Joe's, Green Giant, make fresh & frozen, either is fine) which is soooo much easier/less clean-up. Place in a saute pan with a drizzle of olive oil and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, the cauliflower will become slightly golden when it's done.
Add onions and mushrooms back. Add cooked broccoli, soup, celery, seasonings, shredded cheese and stir till well combined. At this point you can add meat if you'd like (I added about 1 cup of cooked chicken cubed. You can add cooked ground beef, turkey or sausage, even leftover steak chopped fine would work) or leave it vegetarian. Pour everything into a Pyrex baking dish. Top with crispy onions (the green bean casserole kind, admittedly not the healthiest but a couple of Tablespoons for the whole dish is acceptable to me I like the crunch factor, you can leave off maybe up the Parmesan then or hmmm might try using some of these cheese "crackers" whizzed up next time) and Parmesan.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 till golden.
Trust me on this one... don't leave out the "secret" seasoning Za'atar. It's key. I've got a few yummy recipes using it too. Find Za'atar (aka Zatar, Zahtar) in ethnic aisles of well stocked supermarkets, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Persian markets, good cooking stores like Williams Sonoma, online, through someplace like Penzey's, or make your own...
1/4 cup Ground Sumac
2 Tablespoons Thyme
1 Tablespoon Roasted Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Marjoram
2 Tablespoons Oregano
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Grind spices in a coffee grinder. I have a coffee grinder just for spices but if you use your regular one clean it really well before you make coffee or it will be an interested flavor ;) Store in a spice jar for several weeks.
More Eggface Recipes with Riced Cauliflower:
Shelly's Deconstructed Cauliflower Riceless Sicilian "Rice Balls"
Shelly's Cauliflower Chicken Fried Riceless "Rice"
Shelly's Sicilian Rice-less Rice Stuffing (Cabbaliata)