I, for one, enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch and would have to say that it’s probably one of my favorite meals and get-togethers combined into one great package. No schedules and a bunch of hungry friends and family members just sitting around talking, eating and killing time. Preparation for a great brunch can be a hurdle though and sometimes I tend to spend so much time preparing for a brunch that when I finally sit down to enjoy it I’m too tired. In order to avoid over-working and still being able to offer some delicious foods, I have started to prepare unique types of casseroles. These casseroles basically cook themselves and give me more time for other things… like researching the origins of the very meal I’m preparing.
A casserole is a literal translation from French meaning saucepan. In England the prepared dish is often referred to as “a bake,” and in some parts of the United States it is better known as a “hot dish.” The earliest mention of a modern casserole dish is from the 1800s and was more than likely a mixture of rice and meats in a single container. This one-dish wonder became a mainstream meal in United States in the 1950s with the help of evolved metal and glassware that was great for cooking it. However, sometime in the 1970s casseroles lost their popularity in American kitchens. Today casseroles are making a big come back because of our busy schedules; rightfully so since they are easy to prepare, versatile, economical, healthy and freeze and re-bake like magic. What’s not to like? Although most casseroles are baked in the oven I have found a way to cook one in the Aroma Super Pot™ thanks to many camping trips and a lack of baking space.
2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs
16 oz of your favorite cooked sausage, diced
1 green zucchini, diced,
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell Pepper, diced
1 mild green chili pepper, diced
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp of olive oil
Steam the potatoes in an Aroma rice cooker for 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the rice cooker. Cook the sausage in the Super Pot™ at a high temperature until brown. Remove the sausage from the Aroma Super Pot™ and set aside. Add olive oil, onion, peppers, zucchini and cook until browned. Add potatoes and sausage and 1 cup of water. Let cook on high heat until most liquid has evaporated. Sprinkle with Panko and cheese and let steam under the lid for 5 minutes or so before serving.
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