*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                            Spinach Tomato Bake
 
 Recipe By     : Chef’s Secrets, Cinti Enquirer (8/23/98)
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Casserole
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2 1/2  cups          water
    1      tablespoon    butter -- (optional)
      1/4  teaspoon      salt -- up to 1/2
    1 1/3  cups          brown rice
    2      tablespoons   canola or vegetable oil
    1      medium        onion -- roughly chopped
    1      clove         garlic -- chopped finely
      1/2  pound         muchrooms -- sliced
   16      ounces        chopped -- frozen spinach,
                         -- thawed and moisture
                         -- squeezed
                         salt and pepper -- to taste
   12      ounces        cheddar cheese -- shreded
    1 1/2  pounds        tomatoes -- cored and sliced
                         -- thinly
      1/4  cup           Romano Cheese
                         Bread Crumbs -- (optional)
 
 Bring water to boil and add butter and salt.  Add rice, stir, cover and reduce 
 heat to low.  Simmer 35 to 45 minutes, until water is absorbed.  Set rice aside
 .  Saute onion in oil over medium heat for about 4 minutes; add garlic, mushroo
 ms and chopped spinach.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and saute another 4 to 6
  minutes, until onion and mushrooms are tender.  Toss sauteed vegetables with c
 ooked brown rice and sour cream.  Add more salt and pepper, if desired.  Prehea
 t oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly butter a 9 by 13 inch pan or casserole and even
 ly layer vegetable-rice mixture over bottom.  Sprinkle with 1/2 of the shredded
  cheddar.  Layer with 1/2 of the tomato slices and add salt and pepper to taste
 .  Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and add another layer of remaining tomatoes.
   Finished with grated Romano and sprinkle of bread crumbs (if desired).  Bake 
 until cheese melts and vegetables are heated through.
 
 
 Joyce R. 8/98
 
 
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