Sunday, May 26, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

I love to make casseroles.  They are quick and easy and everyone seems to like them, but I get tired using the same ingredients over and over.  Even though this is a chicken casserole, it doesn't taste like every other one.  Adding the ham and the sauce makes this a very unique and tasty meal.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

  • 2c cooked rice
  • 3c cooked chicken, cut into 1 inc pieces
  • 6 slices of swiss cheese (or enough to cover, if slicing it yourself)
  • 10 slices of deli ham, chopping
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2c milk
  • 1/2c sour cream
  • 1/2c bread crumbs (or 10 saltine crackers)
  • 1/2t paprika
  • 1/4t garlic salt
  • 1/2t parsley

Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray

Spread the cooked rice on the bottom of the baking dish.

Layer the chicken pieces on top of the rice.

Arrange the swiss cheese over the chicken.

Spread the ham on top of the swiss.

In a separate bowl, mix the cream of chicken soup, milk and sour cream.  Spread on top of the ham.

Mix together the bread crumbs, paprkia, garlic salt and parsley.  Spread on top of soup mixture.

Bake at 350' for 30 minutes.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

For Valentines Day, this year, I decided to make it fun for the kids and do a Pink & Red themed dinner.  For all the work I put in to it, the kids were only mildly impressed but everyone LOVED the Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.  

I found this recipe on the amazing website, Sweet Basil.  If you haven't already, you should stop by and check out all the other recipes; they are wonderful.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • 16oz package refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • 3/4c Oats
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1t vanilla
  • 21oz can Cherry Pie filling
  • 1/3c shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350'

In a large bowl, break up the refrigerated dough.  Using your hands, knead in the oats and mix until evenly incorporated.  Press 2/3 of the dough into a lightly greases 8x8 inch square pan.  

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the crust is just set.

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg and set aside.  In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth with no lumps.  Beat in the sugar, then stir in the vanilla and egg.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the cookie crust.

Pour the cherry pie filling evenly over the cream cheese layer.  Evenly sprinkle the remaining cookie dough over the top, then top with the shredded coconut.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and lightly golden.  Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Best Dang Beef Pot Roast

Some days this is exactly how I feel.  Just had to share.

The Best Dang Beef Pot Roast

  • Small to medium size rump roast
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 individual size serving apple sauce
  • 2c water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small bag sliced carrots
  • 2 medium to large size potatoes, cut up
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery
Sear the roast in a frying pan with a small amount of oil.  Sear it well on all sides.
Put the roast, then vegetables in the crock pot.  Mix envelope mixes with water and applesauce, then pour over all.

Set crock pot on low and let it cook for at least 8-10 hours.  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Baked Churros

My kids have gotten it into their heads that if they eat their dinner, they always get a dessert.  Seeing how I don't make a lot of desserts, this has caused a bit of a dilemma.  I found this Churro recipe and loved how easy it was to make.  I can pop these babies in the oven and in no time I have a dessert for the family.

Baked Churros

  • 1 sheet frozen pastry puff, thawed
  • 1c sugar
  • 1T ground cinnamon
  • 1/2c melted butter

Preheat the oven to 450'
Cut the frozen pastry into 1" wide strips.
Bake on a cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes

Mix together the sugar and the cinnamon
When they are done baking, brush the sticks with the melted butter and roll them into the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Recipe from Lovin' From the Oven