This is the point of the year where we question why anyone would ever live here. I tell Mike every single year that April is by far the worst because, at some earlier point, you’ve had touches of spring and you get all excited and then it’s just ripped away from you and replaced with……snow.
What the actual fresh heck.
Logan’s first baseball game is Sunday and it’s supposed to be 37 and snowing. Fantastic.
Until then, we will be curled up in our favorite blankets by the fire drowning our sorrows in red wine. It’s the only thing to get us through, man.
Although this delicious baked shrimp casserole helps a bit too.
I honestly just love casseroles. Delicious gooey things all baked up in one tray. Comfort food at it’s finest. And this one leans a tad lighter (maybe?) with shrimp and rice and bell peppers. Obviously I’m ignoring the cream of chicken and celery soup part. IT’S FINE. Don’t judge me.
Just let me eat my casserole in peace.
BAKED SHRIMP AND RICE CASSEROLE
Recipe Adapted from Eat Live Run
1 1/2 lbs raw shrimp, deveined with shells and tails cut off
2 cups uncooked white rice
4 TBS butter
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Celery soup
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup
1 can (10 oz) Ro-tel (diced tomatoes & green chilies, found in Mexican aisle)
1 tsp salt
1 yellow onion, diced up
1 red bell pepper, diced up
1/2 tsp pepper
Sprinkle of paprika, for topping
Chopped Parsley, for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the butter in a 12 x 9″ casserole dish and place dish in the oven so the butter melts. After the butter has melted at the bottom of the dish, remove from oven but keep oven on.
In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, RAW rice (do not cook first!), cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, Rotel, diced yellow onion, diced red pepper, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
Pour mixture over the melted butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, stir well. Re-cover dish and cook for an additional 40-45 minutes—when done, the rice should be fluffy and have absorbed all liquid! Add chopped parsley to the top if you’d like, and serve warm!