My P.S. and I dined out at Texas Roadhouse the other night. I received a coupon for a free appetizer for my birthday, which was in June and they were closed due to the pandemic. I thought it was nice of them to note it and catch up at a later date. We looked at each other and were eager to order a cactus blossom (also called a blooming onion). It’s not only a great appetizer!
The appetizer serves about 6 people. We take most of it home in a box. I posted our tasty leftover cactus onion casserole previously. This time I was going to use rice instead of pasta. I was also using ground beef instead of diced turkey. Oh, and I had a random jar of chicken stock to try out. I was using a coleslaw cabbage mix instead of broccoli slaw. BUT I was using the diced up bloomin’ onion! Just in a different casserole.
Into my large nonstick skillet I crumbled the ground beef, seasoning well with salt and pepper. and browned it, As it cooked I used my star tool to break it into smaller pieces.
I stirred about 3 cups of rice into the mixture then added half the jar of chicken gravy my P.S. had bought and asked me to check out. I stirred the skillet ingredients and let them heat through.
It did smell great! And tasted even better than the last bloomin’ experiment. It’s a crazy combination again but it works! Another leftover success!
I used a strange combination of food that needed to be used but it was a “Chopped” success!
Bloomin' Onion Beef and Rice Casserole
Rice and beef casserole with cabbage, broccoli and blooming onion pieces!
- leftover blooming onion/ cactus blossom; roughly chopped
- 3 cups rice; cooked
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 cups broccoli; roughly chopped
- 5 oz bag shredded cabbage or bag of coleslaw mix
- 3 cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large skillet brown ground beef, breaking into small pieces as it cooks.
When beef is browned add broccoli and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often
Stir in shredded cabbage and cook 3-4 minutes. Add chicken stock and cook for several more minutes.
Add rice and stir. Stir in half of chopped blooming onion.
Pour contents of skillet into a sprayed, 9×13-in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining blooming onion.
Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.