Saturday, May 22, 2010

Chicken Casserole

This came from the new HEA cookbook that my mom bought me!  She made this a couple of weeks ago and we all really really liked it!  Make some rolls and a side veggie with this and it will feel like Thanksgiving dinner!

1 box Stove Top dressing -chicken
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 can chicken broth
1 chicken, cooked, deboned, and cut into bite size pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
onion (optional)
celery (optional)
 1 egg beaten

Mix all ingredients.  Pour into buttered 9x13 pan or 2 8x8 pans.  (Freeze one for later or take to a friend!) Drizzle with 1/4 c melted margarine.  Bake 40-60 minutes at 350 degrees.  (Top should be brown)

When preparing a frozen casserole, thaw in fridge before baking or bake an additional 20 minutes.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mendi's Lasagna

I had to add this because it has changed the word "LASAGNA" in so many ways....
I make two 8x8 pans of this, one in which we eat right away and the other I save (freeze) for a busy day.
I think that it's time consuming for the first pan, but its easy to throw the 2nd pan together!!!

1 lb sweet Italian Sausage
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
2 cans tomato paste (6 oz)
1/2 c water
2 tbsps white sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp fennel
1 (28 oz) tomato sauce

Brown your sausage, hamburger, onion, and garlic.  Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel, Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp salt, pepper. 
Simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hrs.    (THIS SEEMS FOREVER... I know... just stir occasionally.)

I know it seems like a big job, but its totally worth it in the end!

For a good cheese layer in your lasagna - combine the following ingredients:
16 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 lb mozzarella cheese (sliced)
3/4 shredded parmesan cheese

To assemble:
Layer of Meat Sauce on bottom
Layer of Lasagna noodles (cooked or you can use the No-Boil Noodles)
Ricotta Cheese mixture on top of that
Mozarella Slices on top of that...
Parmesan Cheese on top of that...


Roadside Chicken

Here is an awesome marinade and sauce for your grilled chicken...

1 c white vinegar
1/4 c worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp black pepper ground
1 tsp celery seed ground

Marinade chicken in the above mixture.    (2-8 hrs for marinade)

Make up another batch of the mixture for basting. 
Add:  1/2 c vegetable oil and 1 tsp prepared mustard

Our recipe says, "Don't be cheap with the baste, the more the merrier!"