This recipe is a comforting childhood favorite of many. There are several versions of Cherokee casserole but this one features ground turkey (you can use ground beef if you prefer), Herbs de Provence and a smoked provolone pizza cheese blend. Traditional versions of this recipe use cheddar cheese which is also delicious.
1 large onion, chopped
1 pkg lean ground turkey
2 small cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 1/2-2 pkg frozen cooked rice (basmati, brown or jasmine works well)
1 tsp Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning
black pepper and sea salt to taste
1 8 ounce pkg of pizza style cheese (smoked provolone, mozzarella and parmesan)*
*If you can't find the pizza blend, an Italian blend would work well too
Preheat oven to 375
In a large dutch oven or pot, brown turkey. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped onion and cook until soft, approx 5 min. Add cream of mushroom soup, tomatoes and Herbs de Provence. Simmer for 5 min. Add rice and simmer until rice is heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cheese can be added directly on top of mixture in the pot and placed in the oven for 20-25 min until bubbly or your can pour mixture into a casserole dish, top with cheese and bake for 20-25 min until brown and bubbly. Let casserole sit for 5-10 min before serving. Casserole can be served with a green salad and crusty french bread if desired. Enjoy!