Sausage and Rice Casserole, Cabbage Rolls and Banana Coffee Cake

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By Andy Bedwell

Sausage and Rice Casserole

One package dry Lipton chicken noodle soup

One package Uncle Ben’s wild rice

2 pounds sausage,

browned and drained

1 cup diced bell pepper

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced celery

Mix both packages (Chicken noodle soup and wild rice) in 4 and one-half cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Bake in a three-quart casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Andy’s Note: I have not made this casserole in years but I do remember how good that it tasted. Easy and Good!

Cabbage Rolls

1 large cabbage

1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

¾ cup cooked rice

1 small onion, chopped

¼ cup vinegar

16 ounces spaghetti sauce

Core the cabbage and place in boiling water until leaves separate easily. Com-bine rest of ingredients together in a mixing bowl except the spaghetti sauce.

Take small amount of ground beef mixture and place in the center of leaf and roll. Take leftover cabbage and place around rolls. Pour your favorite spaghetti sauce over the top of stuffed cabbages. Cover with foil and bake one hour at 300 degrees. After baked, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Andy’s Note: You must try this. It is fantastic! This is an old, old recipe.

Banana Coffee Cake

Yellow cake mix

5 bananas, mashed

¾ cup Crisco oil

½ cup sugar

5 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in your mixer. Mix well. Before baking, sprinkle top of batter with this topping.

Topping:

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup chopped pecans

Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes. Start checking with a toothpick after 30 minutes.

Cinnamon glaze:

Powdered sugar

Cinnamon

Milk

I put a little milk in a bowl and add powdered su-gar and cinnamon until it is too thick to stir. After cake is done, drizzle this over the warm cake.

Andy’s Note: I can not say enough about this coffee cake. I put this recipe together many years ago, and you would not believe the people that have asked for this recipe. Go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of those ripe, ripe cheap bananas. Make several and freeze them.

Happy Cooking, Andy

“Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell” may be purchased at The Messenger newspaper located at 1957 Rainbow Drive.

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