Monday, December 29, 2014

crustless chicken pot pie

Great for leftovers!

In a pot:

Melt 1/4 cup of butter
with 1 sliced/diced onion
Mix in 1/4 cup flour
2 tbsp black pepper
2 tsp of poultry seasoning

2 cups chicken boullion
1 cup milk
(I added 1/2 cup leftover cheeseball to add flavour)

Cook on medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.
Add 2 cups diced cooked chicken/turkey
Remove from heat.

In a rectangular casserole dish place:

1 bag hash browns
1 can corn kernels (canned or frozen)
1 cup of diced carrots (fresh or frozen)
2 cups of finely diced cauliflower and brocolli (frozen or fresh)

Give your sauce a quick stir and then pour over the vegetables.

Top the whole casserole with:

1 tube of Pillsbury pizza dough

Bake at 300 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.

"Bon Appetit!"

Monday, December 15, 2014

leftover soup casserole

Got leftover soup??????

I had leftover cream of potato soup, but just about any cream of "?" soup would work

2-3 cups of diced meat (ham, turkey, sausage.... your choice)
2 tbsp of seasoning (I used poultry because I chose turkey.... use whatever will work)
1 onion (sliced)
4 large carrots (grated)
*** frozen peas would be a nice addition or broccolli
1/2 - whole bag of frozen hash brown potatoes
4 + cups leftover cream soup
1 cup of shredded cheese (optional)

  • In a casserole dish (I uses my rectangular pampered chef dish), 
  • cover bottom the diced meat you chose (I used turkey)
  • Sprinkle with appropriate seasoning
  • cover with sliced onion
  • cover with carrot shavings
  • top with still frozen hash brown potatoes
  • pour soup to cover
  • sprinkle cheese on top
Bake at 350 for about an hour. Serve with crusty bread.

"Bon Appetit!"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Onions

4 cups peeled, diced sweet potatoes
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped thyme leaves
1/2 cup pecan halves
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425F.

In large bowl, combine potatoes, onion, garlic, oil and thyme.  Toss well to coat.  Pour into shallow roasting pan.  Bake, turning occasionally, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft and golden brown.

Add pecans.  Roast 10 minutes, watching carefully so nuts don't burn.

Drizzle with vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 4-6 side servings.

Sweet Potato Pie Delite

1 250 g package soft cream cheese
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 9" unbaked pie shell
14 oz sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
whipped cream (optional)

Beat cream cheese until light and fluggy; blend in 1 of the eggs, vanilla and half of the sugar.  Spread cheese mixture on the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.

Beat remaining 2 eggs; blend in sweet potatoes, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon, ginger and milk.  Pour mixture carefully over cream cheese to form a second layer.

Bake in preheated 425F oven for 10 minutes.  Reduce temperature to 350F.  Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until set.

Cool.  Garnish with whipped cream.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato - Apple Bake

4 medium sweet potatoes
3 tart apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat over to 350F.  Lightly coat a shallow 1-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a medium saucepan, cover sweet potatoes with water and boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes of until slightly tender.  Drain and let cool.  Remove and discard the sweet potato skins and cut into 1/2" thick slices.

Peel and core the apples.  Cut crosswise into 1/2" thick rings.  Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discolouring.  Arrange half of the sweet potato slices in a layer in the prepared baking dish.  Top with the apples and then the remaining sweet potatoes.

In a small microwaveable bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Microwave on high power for 30 seconds or until melted.  Stir until smooth and blended.  Drizzle over the sweet potato mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until very tender.

Makes a perfect side dish with turkey.

This was another delicious swap recipe from last year.  Sweet potatoes and apples just belong together.

Ginger Shortbread

1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp finely chopped ginger
2 cups of flour

Mix by hand.  Put in ungreased 8" square pan.  Bake at 300F for 60 minutes.

My mom made these cookies for a recipe swap last year and I really enjoyed them.  That is saying a lot because I'm not really fond of ginger.