Vegetarian Stuffing Casserole

Ingredients:

1 box (4 oz/120 g) stuffing mix
1 teaspoon (5 ml) light margarine
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 cups (500 mL) mushrooms, sliced
2 cups broccoli florets (500 ml)
3 cups (500 ml) frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, green beans and carrots)
4 cups hot mashed potatoes 
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

1. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. When it cools slightly, press into a 8x8x5" bake pan.
2. Cook mixed vegetables according to package directions, dry, and set aside.
3. In a medium frying pan, over medium heat, melt margarine, add onions; cook about 3 min.,stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and cook until mushroom's liquid has evaporated, about 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Blanche broccoli florets over steam; set aside.
5. Prepare mashed potatoes.
6. Preheat oven to 400º F (200º C).
7. Spread remained mushrooms mixture onto stuffing crust followed by cooked vegetables and broccoli. season lightly with salt.
8. Top with hot mashed potatoes and sprinkle with cheese.
9. Bake at 400º F (200º C) for 20-25 min. or until toping is light golden.

Serve with salad and crusty Italian or French bread. 

Serves 6 to 8.



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