Easy Casserole Meal
If you know the basics for a casserole you can mix and match almost anything to make one. Here are some of the basics used in making a casserole.
Starch – rice, potatoes, noodles, macaroni
Meat – any type or small amount of leftover meat
Veggie – one or more of most any kind of veggie – broccoli, green beans, corn, carrots, peas
Sauce – this can be some kind of cream soup, cheese sauce, or white sauce. For Mexican dishes use salsa, enchilada sauce. For Italian marinara sauce.
Crushed crackers, chips, cereal or bread crumbs
Back to Basics Casserole*
French Bread, warmed, spread with butter and garlic powder.
4 apples, peeled and cored
1/4 – 1/2 cup cinnamon candies
Place apples and candies in sauce pan and add enough water to cover. Cook until apples become tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir every once in awhile to help the candies dissolve. Apples will be a beautiful bright red.
(This is a great way to use your leftover turkey. You can use chicken too. If you don’t have much time, use frozen veggies. Just cut down on the cooking time and, if not using frozen potatoes, cook them first.)
*Back to Basics Casserole
3 cups turkey or chicken, cubed and cooked
3 medium carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
3 celery stalks, cut into bite sized pieces
3 red potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
1 (10-3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1/2 – 3/4 soup can of water
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the turkey in a well greased 2 quart baking dish. Layer the rest of the veggies on top of that. Mix soup, water, salt and pepper. Then pour over everything. Bake at 350° for 60 to 75 minutes until tender. If using frozen veggies, cut time in half. Makes 4-5 servings.
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