Buckwheat and Cottage Cheese Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Engrossed

From: "Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way" by Lorna Sass. "The savory combination of buckwheat and cottage cheese shows up in many traditional Russian cookbooks, and creates the kind of dense, comforting pudding that we yearn for when there's frost on the windows. Use toasted buckwheat (kasha) for a robust flavor, and untoasted buckwheat for a subtler dish. Serve the casserole as an accompaniment to brisket, pot roast, or short ribs. Vegetarians will enjoy it as an entree."

Top Review by karen

Let me first say, that I liked the flavor and even went back for seconds. But, the texture was not what I was expecting at all. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, if it simply doesn't work well at 1/2 recipe, or if it turned out fine but my expectations were just off. The consistancy turned out similar to mashed potatoes. I've only had kasha made one way before, and the grains remain intact rather than getting mushy. I don't think that the oats really added anything, and they didn't stick to the sides very well. I also found that with a 1/2 recipe, the water was absorbed right awy by the kasha, and I had to keep adding more...maybe 3/4 cup. The cottage cheese also didn't really incorporate well into the recipe. I did leave out the sugar/honey, and thought the flavor was fine. Though I'll have no difficulty fnishing up the leftovers, I probably won't make it again.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Set a rack in the center and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Coat the bottom and halfway up the sides with the rye flakes or oatmeal. Set aside.
  3. In a heavy 2-quart Dutch oven or saucepan, combine 2 3/4 cups of water with the buckwheat, dill, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in butter.
  5. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the buckwheat is tender, about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in another 1/4 cup of water if the mixture gets dry before the buckwheat is tender.
  7. Transfer the cooked buckwheat to a medium bowl.
  8. Stir in the cottage cheese, followed by the eggs and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  9. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  10. With a rubber spatula, spread the sour cream in a layer on top.
  11. Dust with paprika.
  12. Bake until the edges are firm and the center is set, 45 to 50 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  14. Run a knife along the edges and cut into 8 portions.
  15. Use a spatula to remove the pieces from the pan.

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