andystarr (andystarr) wrote in vegancooking,

Casserole Help

A few weeks ago, I made a basic casserole from the Tassajara Cooking book (1st edition, 1973) with potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, mushrooms, onion, cashews, raisins in a white sauce. The book suggests adding  grains and beans but I was cooking two other meals and forgot to add it (we make our meals for the week during the weekend). We're making another casserole tomorrow and my husband wants to make it with brown sauce, northern white beans, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and broccoli. Personally, the broccoli doesn't sound good to me in this. Any suggestions on what to put in there instead of the broccoli? What other ingredients from below would you put in it (grains, vegetables, nuts etc.)? Thanks in advance!
Here's the basic recipe:
At least one cup of ingredients, other than liquid, per person.
Start with:
Cooked grain: rice, cracked or bulgur wheat, barley, noodles, spaghetti, etc.
Cooked beans: soy, lentils, white, kidney, etc.
Cooked or semi-cooked vegetables: potato, onion, cabbage,eggplant, carrot, green beans, asparagus, etc.
Complement with:
any of the above, or onion, mushroom, tomato, celery, green pepper, nuts, dried fruit
Moisten with: water, stock or cooking liquid, tomato sauce or slices or paste, white or brown sauce
Season with: salt, pepper, herbs, spices, garlic
Top with: bread crumbs, chopped buts

Pour liquid over layered ingredients. Top with toppings. Bake, covered at 350 for one hour, if ingredients are cold or twenty to thirty minutes, if ingredients were heated. Remove from oven and let cool for five to ten minutes.  

Tags: main dishes-casseroles
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