The process is the same for most of my casseroles, so I didn't take step-by-step photos. But, preheat your solar or conventional oven to at least 275F.
Tin Pan Turkey Casserole
2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 medium carrots, coined thin
2 Tbspns minced garlic
2 Tbspns olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp. powdered cream
1 tsp juniper berries, crushed fine
2 Tbspn flour
2 Tbspns orange marmalade
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup dark brewed coffee (or, 1 tsp. instant + 1 cup water)
1 cup brown rice
In a large skillet over med-high heat, soften onions, celery, and carrots, in olive oil. Blend all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add marmalade to skillet and blend. Add dry ingredients; stir in completely while flour is cooking, about 2 minutes. Slowly add 1 cup of liquid while mixture is thickening to combine ingredients without scorching; add turkey, then balance of liquid. Bring to just under a boil and add rice. Transfer to casserole dish; stir and cover. Bake in solar oven at 275F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
This recipe is from my cookbook, A Month of SUNdays - Solar Cooking at Home, with the change from beer to ale. There's only three ingredients and you can be serving fresh hot bread to your family and friends within an hour and a half. The texture is dense but light for chewing and the crust is nice and crunchy. That's because it starts out with a cover and then is left open for the last 30 minutes of cooking. In any event, the ale substitution made a heartier flavor and I'm going to see if I can't persuade my SOL to share more of his brewing results with me!
In a bowl, combine 3 cups self-rising flour, 2 Tbspns sugar, 12 ounces room-temperature ale/beer. Pour into greased casserole. I've used a 3-qt roasting pan here.
The beige pallette was finished with a dollop of golden butter! The textures in this meal are well-balanced and you can always add contrast with some fresh fruit or greens.
[NOTE: We're going to be going through another move. Getting a dot-com has spread me all over the place with my blogs and I want to be able to access them from just one account. I know my followers will move with me, but I think I'm going to lose comments, again, unless I remember to revert to Blogger commenting. I've decided to not blend platforms because it's too complicated. I'm just a little fish, here, and I think it will be less trouble, for me. This is when I wish I was eight years old and had all this high-tech stuff figured out!]