Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

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This recipe comes from my mom. It utilizes some shortcuts, like a rotisserie chicken and frozen broccoli spears.  It is ultra comforting and a delicious meal I loved growing up.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Makes 6 servings

  • 2 boxes broccoli spears
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, chicken pieces removed
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can mayo (use empty cream of chicken soup can)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 c. dried breadcrumbs

1. Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish.

2. Thaw and drain broccoli spears in a colander. Place in bottom of baking dish.

3. Tear apart roaster chicken. Add chicken pieces on top of broccoli.

4. Mix cream of chicken soup with mayo and paprika. Spread on chicken. Top with cheese.

5. Melt butter in skillet and add dried breadcrumbs. Mix. Toast in pan  until butter is melted and incorporated.

6. Add breadcrumb mixture to top of cheese.

7. Bake at 350-f degrees for 30 minutes.

Recipe from my mom.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Legendary Apple Cider Grilling Sauce

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If you are a salmon lover and are looking for a new way to serve it to your family, I have an amazing recipe for you today. Are you familiar with American Spoon Foods? It is sort of a foodie lovers dream. They have all sorts of jams, preservers and grilling sauces available. The only downside is the price. Our favorite item to buy was the Apple Cider Grilling Sauce, but at almost $10 a jar, the price was just not reasonable.

My mom has been perfecting her own Apple Cider Grilling Sauce copycat recipe for some time now and she has finally done it. Compared to the packaged sauce that we had bought in the past, we think our version has much more flavor and tastes amazing.

The main flavors we have are apple, spices and onions.  You may wonder why we didn't use an actual apple cider in the recipe. This is because the concentrate and the old bay seasoning provide the spices you would normally have in an apple cider, plus a little bit extra like celery seed.

One ingredient that some cooks may not have on hand is the Fox Point Seasoning made by Penzeys. If you are wondering what to sub for this, it is a mixture of freeze dried shallots, chives and scallions.