Home cooking: Murphy's sausage rice casserole

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By Deanna Godman

Marty Murphy got her recipe for sausage rice casserole over twenty years ago, and has made it ever since. She went to a potluck dinner where it was served and made sure to ask for the recipe.

“It’s one of those things that people really like,” said Murphy. Sausage rice casserole is a frequent request for the Bluegrass Basket Guild potluck dinners in Taylorsville.

“I love the fact that it’s so easy and has so few ingredients,” said Murphy.

It is her daughter’s favorite dish and Murphy usually makes it when her daughter’s family comes to dinner. Her sons do not like cheese, though, so do not appreciate the dish.

Murphy makes this casserole for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and her family’s Derby party. Her family and friends expect to see this dish whenever she has a party.

“I’m kind of a simple cook. In summer, my family loves BLTs,” said Murphy. She also serves taco salads, baked fish and various baked chicken dishes to her family.

Murphy especially likes making desserts. Her specialties are pies, including key lime pie, buttermilk pie and a derby-style pie. She also makes snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies.

Murphy’s hobbies include basket making, quilting, and biking. She enjoys reading books about the South, and historical fiction. She teaches third grade this year at Holy Spirit School in St. Matthews, and taught first grade for thirty-five years before that.

While Murphy lives in Louisville, she has been a member of the Bluegrass Basket Guild, one of the Spencer County Homemaker Clubs, for about eight years. She learned to make baskets by taking classes from Ardia Herndon.

Sausage Rice Casserole

1 pound ground mild sausage

2 boxes Uncle Ben’s Original Wild Rice

1 8-ounce package shredded sharp cheddar

Cook sausage in skillet until crumbly and drain. Prepare rice. Mix all three together. Serve in a casserole dish.

This can be served immediately or be refrigerated and taken to a potluck meal. It can be reheated in the oven in the casserole dish.

If you have a recipe you would like to share with the Spencer Magnet, please contact Deanna Godman at ideas@funmama.net.