Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chicken Casserole

This is one of my favorite cookbooks.  It is also a good read as it gives insight into the Amish life.  Kind of fun to look into another way of life, and they like to use butter!  Tonights dinner comes from this book, just a plain chicken casserole.  I have made it before and made a notation on the page to double the sauce and the page has a few stains on it.  That just adds to the cookbook, except when the pages get glued together.  Then it sucks.  I did that in my Mrs. Rowe's cookbook.  Luckily the recipe on the opposite page was one I didn't care to try. 
Patience is not my virtue and when you cook you need paitence to stand there and stir the sauce til it thickens.  I have discovered that almost high heat quickens that process! 

Easy Chicken Casserole

1/2 cup butter, I use the real thing but you can use margarine
1/3 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 (3 ounce) can mushrooms
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
8 ounces noodles, cooked and drained - I used egg noodles
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese - I used grated chedder

Preheat the oven to 350, grease an 8 cup casserole. 
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat ( unless your name is Cheryl then you use the notch just before high), then whisk in the flour until smooth.  Gradually whisk the milk and the broth in, cook until thickened. Stir in the salt and pepper and mushrooms.  Add the chicken and noodles and cheese.  Stir together and spoon the mixture into the prepared dish (again, if your name is Cheryl you dump it all in a big bowl, stir well and then dump it into the greased pan, seriously who would spoon it in?)
Bake until bubbly and golden, about 45 minutes.  Depending on how much noodles you use you may need to double the sauce.  I measure the amount of noodles I put in....I just dump.  Same thing with the chicken and the cheese. 

Are these not the best pots?  I got them at a garage sale!  I used them to prepare the above dinner and am using the smaller one to bake it in.  The tea kettle is from a garage sale too, as are the spoon and whisk in the pots.  Just about everything in my kitchen is from a garage sale.  Most things are just better when they are 'broken' in. 
Not a very good picture of the chicken casserole and it isn't baked yet.  The only thing needed is a salad, oh and some homemade bread. 


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