Category Archives: Casseroles

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

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Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

This is so yummy!  I made it in individual dishes, but it can be made in a 2-qt. casserole dish also.  Serve with ice cream while it is still slightly warm.

  • 2 1/2 pounds apples (any apple will work, I used Pink Lady because that is what I had on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (I used quick, but you can use old-fashioned if you like)
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter you serving dish or dishes.

Peel, core, and cut apples into large chunks.  Combine apples with lemon juice, sugar and spices.  Pour into the dish or dishes.

To make topping, combine flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas.  Scatter evenly over the apples.

Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for one hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly.  Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings.

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Au Gratin Potatoes

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Au Gratin Potatoes

I made a double recipe of this for Easter this year.  It is gluten-free and very easy to put together.  Love potatoes!!

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced very thin
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheese (I used sharp Cheddar)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 2-qt. baking dish with butter.

In a mixing bowl with a pouring spout (or large liquid measuring cup), whisk together cream, salt and pepper.

Arrange some of the potato slices, edges overlapping, in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle 1/4 of the cheese over the potatoes and pour 1/4 of the cream mixture over top.  Repeat with remaining potatoes, cheese and cream, forming 4 layers.  Pour any leftover cream over top.

Place in oven and bake, uncovered, for about an hour, or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife and golden brown on top.  Let the dish settle and cool for about ten minutes before serving.

Make Ahead:  This dish can be assembled a day ahead; cover tightly with plastic wrap (pressing the wrap directly against the potatoes so they don’t discolor), store in refrigerator, and bake before serving.  The potatoes on top will still discolor a bit in the fridge, but it shouldn’t be noticeable after baking.

Slow Cooker:  Layer everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours.

Serves 6.

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White Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

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White Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

This is so easy to make and very delicious.  Make sure you use small tortillas.  I used medium to large size and they were too big and didn’t fit on the plate very well.

I also think that if you like it more spicy, use Pepper Jack cheese.  I didn’t think the chilies gave it much heat at all.

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 10 small soft flour tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4-oz.) can diced green chilies (I used milk, but you can use whatever heat you like.)

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Combine shredded chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Fill tortillas with mixture and roll each one.  Place in a greased 9 x 13″ casserole dish.

Melt butter in a pan over medium heat.   Stir in flour and whisk for a minute over heat until slightly thickened.  Add broth and whisk together.  Cook over heat until it’s thick and bubbles up.  Take off heat and let cool slightly before adding in sour cream.  (If too hot, it may curdle.)

Pour mixture over enchiladas and add remaining cheese to top.  Bake for 20 to 23 minutes then broil for 3 minutes to brown the cheese.

Serves 6.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Here I go again with potatoes.  I just love potatoes about any way you fix them.  This recipe is outstanding!

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (Use 2 teaspoons here if you ever make it without the ham)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups cooked, chopped ham (about 1 pound)
  • 1 onion, chopped or 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 – 6 cups potatoes, pared and sliced

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a large sauce pan over low heat;  blend in flour and salt.  Cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk.  Return to heat;  cook until thickened and bubbly.

Fold in ham, onion and cheese.  Pour over potatoes in a large bowl.  Stir gently and then pour into a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and continue to bake for 1 hour.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

8 servings.

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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo / Pancetta and Peas

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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo / Pancetta and Peas

If you have never tried spaghetti squash, you owe it to yourself to try it.  I love it, my husband not so much.

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)
  • 4 oz. pancetta, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Halve and seed the spaghetti squash.  The easiest way to cook it is in the microwave.  Place squash cut sides down in a microwave safe baking dish.  Fill the dish with about 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for about 12 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.  Cooking time depends on the size of the squash and individual microwaves.  Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle.

If you would prefer to bake it.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Turn squash cut sides down on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.  Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle. With fork, scrape out the spaghetti like strands and prepare as desired.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon; set aside.  Add the shallot and thyme to the skillet and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until mostly evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the peas and parmesan.  Continue cooking until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 1 more minute.  Remove from the heat.

Scrape squash strands with a fork and add along with the pancetta to the sauce.  Return to medium heat and cook, stirring, until combined, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

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Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken Pot Pie

This is a very quick and easy chicken pot pie made from scratch.  Delicious!

  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 (9-inch) unbaked pie crusts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas and celery.  Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent.  Stir in flour, salt, pepper and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk.  Simmer over medium-low heat until thick.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust.  Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough.  Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

This is a really quick meal to make.  And so yummy!

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (3 1/2 lbs. or larger)
  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2-oz,) shredded Swiss cheese (or any cheese you prefer)

Halve squash lengthwise; discard seeds.  Place squash on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down; microwave on high until tender, 15-20 minutes.  Cool slightly.  Separate strands with a fork.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.  With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels, reserve drippings.

In same pan, heat drippings over medium heat; stir in butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper until blended.  Add squash; toss and heat through.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese.  Top with bacon.

4 servings.

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