Chicken and Biscuits

I love a comfort casserole on a cool winters night. This casserole resembles a chicken pot pie on the bottom with delicious cheesy buttermilk biscuits on top. Oh yeah. Your family will love this.

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

1 sweet onion, chopped

6 carrots sliced in 1/4” slices, my carrots were small so if you have big carrots, use 3

3 stalks of celery chopped

Salt snd pepper to taste

1/2 cup flour (all purpose or gluten free)

1 32 ounce box of chicken broth (I used low sodium)

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup frozen peas

4 cups cooked chicken from a rotisserie chicken, shredded or cut into bite size pieces

3 scallions sliced, white and green parts

Preheat oven to 375degrees. Butter or spray a deep 9 x 9 pan.

Melt butter in a large pan with high sides over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Cook about 8 minutes until vegetables are cooked. Add flour and and make a roux. Cook two minutes. Add chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and simmer on stove over low heat. Stir in peas, chicken and green onions. Pour mixture into your prepared casserole dish.

Biscuit Topping:

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

6 Tablespoons very cold (or frozen) butter, I like to grate the butter on a box grater

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 Tablespoons melted butter

Parmesan cheese to top buttered biscuits

Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl. Add grated butter and mix with hands until the flour mixture looks like small crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and combine.

Drop biscuits on top of chicken mixture, covering the top of the casserole dish. Brush biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden and chicken filling is bubbling. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Hot right out of the oven.

I have been thinking about making this recipe for two years. I finally did it! It starts out with a variation of my Buffalo Chicken recipe, a thick creamy dreamy cheese sauce, macaroni and more cheese. Sinfully delicious and so comforting.

Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken:

1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded or cut into bite size pieces

1 8 oz. block of cream cheese softened

1 1/2 cups Buffalo Wing sauce, I always use Sweet Baby Ray’s

3 stalks of celery, diced fine

3 scallions, cut small

Melt cream cheese and Buffalo wing sauce in a pan over medium heat. Once the cream cheese is melted, you add the chicken, celery and scallions. Set this aside while you make the cheese sauce. This can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Just rehear before you add the cooked pasta.

Melting cream cheese into the a Buffalo Sauce.

Instructions for macaroni:

8 oz. dry elbow macaroni, 2 cups

Boil water and don’t forget to liberally salt the water. Boil for 8 minutes. You can boil noodles while making cheese sauce.

Check out this creamy, cheesy sauce.

Ingredients for Cheese Sauce:

1/2 stick of butter, 1/4 cup

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste

2 cups milk

2 cups cheese, I used mozzarella

More cheese for the top of casserole

Just wait until you dive into this yumminess.

Melt butter in a saucepan, medium to low heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir continuously until mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour in your milk and whisk to combine. Add 2 cups of cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan (mine was 8 x12”) with nonstick cooking spray.

Without the cheese topping.
With the cheese topping before it lands in the oven.
Bon Appetite!

Once buffalo chicken is made, you can add the cooked macaroni and cheese sauce together. Pour into casserole dish. I topped my Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese with a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Bleu cheese crumbles would also be delicious but I forgot to buy them. Bake in the oven until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Sausage and Pepper Baked Ziti

My family loves baked ziti and I was craving comfort casserole. This recipe feeds many so cut in half or make 2 portions and freeze one. Make it meatless and leave the sausage out.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of ground italian sausage, I used sweet

1 package of chopped peppers, I purchased these in the produce department

1 cup onion, chopped

1 16 ounce box of ziti

2 jars of your favorite marinara (spaghetti) sauce, use what you need. I had about a half a jar leftover

1 32 ounce container of ricotta cheese

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the dry kind that you shake out)

3 Tablespoons chopped parsley

3 eggs

1 package/container Parmesan shreds (grated)

2 pounds grated mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, brown sausage with peppers and onions. While your sausage is cooking, you can boil the ziti noodles. Cook according to package directions. Drain grease from sausage and drain pasta. Put pasta in a bowl and toss with a small amount of marinara sauce. Set both aside.

In a medium size bowl, add ricotta, eggs, dry Parmesan and parsley and mix thoroughly.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

I used a large 9 x 15 casserole dish, prepare with nonstick cooking spray. Spread some marinara sauce on the bottom of casserole dish.

Layer half of your ziti in the bottom of your pan. Add a layer of the ricotta mixture and top ricotta with the sausage and peppers.

Top sausage and peppers with marinara sauce and grated Parmesan.

Add half of your mozzarella cheese on top of the Parmesan cheese.

Repeat layers. Bake 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Serve with a salad, garlic bread and glass of vino. Manga! Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Soufflé

If you love sweet potatoes, you will love my recipe for Sweet Potato Soufflé. This can be made 2 days before you cook it. If you make it ahead, leave on countertop for 20 minutes before baking.

3 cups of mashed (drained if using can) sweet potatoes. (Bruce’s Cut Sweet Potatoes, one 40 once can, is recommended if using canned)
1 cup sugar (if canned sweet potatoes are used, reduce sugar by 1/2)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and pour into an 8 x 8 *baking dish that you have sprayed with Pam.

Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter

Mix and crumble on top of potatoes. Bake for 35 minutes.

*Double this recipe to make 9 x 13, triple will make 9 x 15.

This dish is fabulous leftover. I have made it both ways with canned and baked sweet potatoes. You CANNOT tell the difference. I have made this recipe for decades for my family. One of their favorites at Thanksgiving.

***Tip: This dish can be made a day or two ahead and refrigerated. Take it out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before you need to bake it. This can be a big time saver when trying to prepare a holiday meal.

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Country Store Hash Browns

Recently I was asked if I had a recipe for hash browns like that good old country restaurant where you like to rock on the front porch, eat and shop after. This recipe is as close as I can get. Crunchy brown bottom, creamy inside and lightly browned on top. The flavor is almost identical. Great with breakfast or a meal. Please enjoy!


Ingredients:
30 ounces of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (use package kind*)
1/2 cup beef stock, not broth
1 small about 1/4 cup Vidalia or sweet onion grated
1 cup milk
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with Pam. In a large skillet, add oil and combine hash browns and cheese. Stir over medium high heat until cheese has melted and hash browns are no longer frozen. The potatoes will still be white at this point.

While potatoes are cooking, in a microwave safe measuring cup, add butter, milk, stock and onion. Microwave about a minute or so until butter has melted. Remove from microwave and stir in salt and pepper.

Once hash browns are no longer frozen and cheese has melted, transfer hash browns in prepared 13 x 9 pan. Pour milk mixture over hash browns and stir to combine. Press with spatula to flatten out the hash browns. Don’t be concerned if this seems like it’s too much liquid. It will be absorbed by the potatoes.

Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting and serving. *I used package grated cheese because if I had grated it off the block, it would have been very greasy. I even blotted a little excess grease from the top of this casserole. Let me know what you think!

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