This is the perfect French comfort food - in my humble opinion. It is very easy to make yet has a truly decadent quality that makes it a great dish for company. Serve with a roasted chicken and simple tossed salad or roasted vegetables and it completes the perfect meal.
Soubise (soo-BEEZ) is an onion and rice casserole reminiscent of a risotto in texture. Now, you may have heard of Soubise Sauce - which is pureed cooked onions blended into a bechamel sauce -- but today I am sharing a casserole!
1/2 cup rice
4 Tb unsalted butter
2 lbs yellow onion
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
Preheat oven to 300F.
In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups water and 1 tsp salt to boil - pour in rice. (See Notes) Boil for 5 minutes - immediately remove from heat and drain off excess liquid. Set aside.
While your rice is boiling - slice onions. You can see my mandolin in the picture above which is helpful in achieving very thin slices. If you don't own a mandolin, cut the onion(s) in half and slice as thinly as possible (safely!).
Melt butter in medium-large skillet. Add onions and stir to coat with butter. Saute onions just till they start to turn translucent. Add the 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Stir in rice.
Pour into small casserole dish - bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in cream and cheese (See Notes). Taste test your rice, then bake 20-30 minutes more. Serve hot.
You can make this in advance and reheat just till hot through before serving.
Rice -- Arborio rice is great for this recipe. However, I used a medium grain rice, because honestly it was 1/3 the price of arborio. A medium grain is important in achieving the proper texture. A long grain, thin white rice will not cook and bake to a creamy consistency, but will be dry. I found my bag of medium grain rice at Wal-Mart for less than $2.00
Cheese - Gruyere is a type of Swiss cheese - I found the cheese shown above in the deli section of Wal-Mart. It is large enough to use in several recipes. (Cheese Souffle perhaps??)
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!