Category Archives: Casseroles

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Yes, another Buffalo Chicken recipe and it is a casserole dish! I love making casseroles. They are so simple and provide you with plenty of leftovers. It was a hit with my Star and said “you must make this again.”

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts (seasoned with salt, pepper & any other seasonings you may like)
1/2 box of penne or any type of pasta
1 cup + 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
4 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese (or you could use blue cheese)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 stick melted butter
1 tablespoon dried parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Begin by cooking pasta according to the directions on the package.

Bake chicken in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the juices run clear. Turn oven down to 350 degrees.

Shred chicken with fork.

Preheat a large skillet. Add the chicken, 1 cup of buffalo sauce and let it simmer.

Put milk in a sauce pan and warm at a low temperature until little bubbles form around the edges (make sure not to boil the milk).

Once milk is warm, add the flour and whisk until smooth. Add the cream cheese and the other 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce to the milk and whisk until smooth.

Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Pour 1/2 of the cooked pasta into the dish

Add the chicken

Top with remaining pasta and pour milk mixture over chicken and noodles, then top with shredded cheese

In a small bowl mix parsley, bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over top and bake for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Reuben Casserole

Reuben Casserole

One of the first things my Star and I found out about each other in the beginning of our relationship was that we both are REUBEN LOVERS!

It is true, whenever we go out for lunch to a local diner, bistro, cafe or a pub we both always order the Reuben, which must be corned beef not pastrami, duh! We were in Philly last week for an appointment and it was such a gorgeous Fall day that we decided to make a whole day of it. We walked around Philly for a bit and ended up on South Street. I love South Street! They have such unique shops, Read the rest of this entry

Ham and Potato Casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole

I had some left over deli ham and I was wondering, “what can I make besides the usual egg dish? I began surfing the web and found a lot of recipes. This is one that is a combination of few in which I customized into my own. I love that there are so many great recipes you can find online and with just a little bit of creativity, you can come up with a recipe that is your own. So, I encourage you to surf the web looking up recipes and then add your own flair to it!

When my 14 year old daughter (Shannon) saw this finished meal, she said to me (with her disgusted look) “no thanks Mom, what else can I have?” Ugh! I remember the days growing up when your mom gave you dinner, you ate it! There were no other options. You either eat or don’t eat. Actually, I remember some times my Dad (God rest his soul) making me sit at the table and I had to have at least three bites or I could not leave the table. I said to Shannon, “just try it, add some hot sauce if you want.” Yes, she is a hot sauce freak! She will put it on pretty much anything. After much debate, I got her to try it with the hot sauce and she said “wow, this is really good.” I made her repeat that three times. :) Hmmm….maybe I can get her to try more things, if I just mention “put hot sauce on it.”

Anyway, this is a great recipe in which you can add any other ingredients; peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage. Be creative! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients:

4 Cups diced cooked potatoes
1 3/4 Cups diced ham
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 Cups milk
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & Pepper

Combine potatoes and ham, transfer to a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; blend in flour until smooth and bubbly.

Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Stir in shredded cheese and paprika.

Season sauce with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.

Pour over ham mixture.

Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.