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Friday, March 1, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole: In Need of Comfort Food

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole: In Need of Comfort Food

Hi everybody :)
Although Spring is just around the corner, it's been a little too chilly and rainy here for February; now March. I was in need of some serious comfort food. For a quick pick-me-up-   comfort-food-dish, the first thing that came to mind was Chicken Pot Pie. But I didn't want to spend a lot of time preparing a crust, brainstorming, I got it, forget the crust and top it off with a bread. That's where these rolls come into the picture; I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample pack of Garlic Knots from Wenner Bread. These buttery knots are delicious and only take minutes to brown in the oven. Although they are great on their own, I decided to add some of them to a casserole; a Chicken Pot Pie Casserole. Here's what I did...

The Chicken Filling:
3 boneless/skinless chicken breast, (3-4 cups) cooked and diced
2 cups potatoes, diced and cooked
2 cups frozen vegetable blend, (ie; carrots, peas, corn & green beans)
10 3/4 oz can Cream of Chicken
14.5 oz can Chicken Broth
1/4 cup water + 1 heaping tbsp. corn starch + 2 heaping tbsp. cheese sauce mix (sauce mix; optional)
1 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning 
Salt & Pepper; to taste 
The Topping:
12  frozen prebaked Garlic Knots or any frozen rolls will work
1 tbsp. butter
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl to combine.
Pour in a 13 by 9-inch baking pan or casserole pan.
Place frozen dinner rolls over the chicken filling. (The garlic knots where irregular shape, so I cut these into pieces to fix them into the pan.)
Cover with the rolls and thinly slice 1 Tbsp. butter over the top.
Tent with foil and place in oven.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes; until bubbly. Remove foil and bake minutes longer or until rolls are golden brown.
Let set for about 15 - 20 minutes, and served. 
What I Think: 
The Taste: The casserole was DELICIOUS! The rolls accompany the chicken filling very well in making this dish a hit. Comfort food at it's BEST. REPEAT!

ENJOY! Come again...
Linked to:
Foodie Fridays @ Designs By Gollum 
Foodie Friday @ Simple Living   
The Country Cook.: Weekend Potluck 
Weekend Kitchen Creations 
Finding the Pretty Delicious Linky Party #7
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister's Stuff  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Italian Sausage & Angel Hair Pasta: Dinner In Minutes

Italian Sausage & Angel Hair Pasta: Dinner In Minutes

Hi everybody :)
This meal is soooo easy to prepare it doesn't really need a recipe. All it take is a few basic ingredients and dinner is ready in minutes. When I'm home alone and I want something quick, easy, and delicious for a serving of one; this is one of my g0-to dinner solutions.  Let's get it started...

For the sausage:
1-2 Johnsonville Four Cheese Italian Sausage links
1 tablespoon oil
water, enough to cover

In a skillet add sausage  and oil to water bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Uncover and cook until golden brown, turning once. Cut sausages in a bias-slice. Set aside and keep warm.
For the pasta:
Hot Angel Hair Pasta, cooked according to the box 
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
fresh mozzarella cheese, diced 
1 medium tomato, diced
Lawry's Garlic salt, to taste if desired
Pepper, to taste if desired

In a skillet, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Remove from heat and add to pasta along with cheese and tomato. 
Stir in sausage and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper if desired; serve.

Source: adapted partly here  

I really love Italian cuisine and this dish hit the spot, it  brushetta-like taste blends well with the pasta.
ENJOY! Come again...
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Bizzy Bake Recipe Box
Kathe With an E You're Gonna Love It
Show Case Your Talent  @What's Cooking Love 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bloody Mary Cheeseburgers

 Bloody Mary Cheeseburgers

Hi everybody :)
When I first saw this recipe, I knew I would be making it soon. Bloody Mary Cheeseburgers, don't worry there's no alcohol in the recipe. Although, I did thought about adding some :) I opted out. The burgers and special sauce are prepared with spicy ingredients that mimic the Classic Bloody Mary Cocktail without the vodka. Let's get it started... 
Bloody Mary Cheeseburgers 
For the Burgers:
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 rounded tablespoons prepared horseradish (I used 1 tbsp.)
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (I used 1/2 tbsp. Sriracha Sauce)
A small handful celery tops and leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup Heinz organic ketchup or Heinz chili sauce
1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs or fine breadcrumbs
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese (
Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese)
4 brioche burger rolls, split (I used Hamburger Buns.)
For the Sauce:
3/4 cup Heinz ketchup
1 rounded tablespoon horseradish (I used 1/2 tsp.)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
(I used 1/2 tsp. Sriracha Sauce) 
2 tablespoons minced celery tops
Coarse black pepper, to taste

Place beef in mixing bowl, season kosher salt and pepper. Add Worcestershire, horseradish, Tabasco, celery tops and leaves, ketchup or chili sauce, cracker crumbs and egg yolk. 
Combine and form 4 large patties that are thinner at the center than the edges for even cooking. 

(I wrapped the burgers in plastic and refrigerate for 3 hours.)

Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl. 
Heat skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and wipe around pan. Add burgers and cook 8-10 minutes, turning once. Top with cheese in last minute or 2 of your cooking time. 
 (I used Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese.)
 Serve on rolls topped with special sauce.
Source: Rachael Ray Show

What I Did and/or Think:
The changes I made are in Bold, Italic, & Purple

The Taste: The burgers were great, but I really LOVE the sauce on top. It was spicy, but not too spicy and really made the burgers popped, so don't leave the sauce off. 
ENJOY! Come again...
Linked to:
Flour Me With Love: Mix it up Monday! Watch Out Martha 
Recipe Sharing Monday @ Jam Hands 
Scrumptious Sunday Recipe Link Party  @ Addicted Recipes 
Melt In Your Mouth Monday @ Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms