Cheesy Rice and Peas*
Apple Butterscotch Crisp*
Remember how I told you to roast your turkey breast side down at Thanksgiving? Well, do the same thing when you roast a chicken. Here is a very basic but yummy recipe. You can also put this in a crock pot to slow cook all day.
1 (3 lb.) whole chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup margarine ( You may use lite margarine)
1 stalk celery, leaves removed
Season the whole chicken inside and out with salt, pepper and onion powder. Place breast side down in pan placing margarine and celery into cavity. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until internal temperature is 180° (82° C). You can baste with juices or melted margarine once or twice. Remove from oven and cover with foil for 30 minutes and let it rest before cutting.
You can easily adapt this recipe to your own likes and dislikes. For example, you might use garlic powder instead of the onion powder, you could slide slices of lemons or garlic cloves or even onion slices under the skin. Try other seasonings, too.
The main thing that makes this recipe great is cooking it breast side down, which makes it extra juicy.
*Cheesy Peas and Rice
2 1/4 cups rice, cooked
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas, thawed
1 (6 oz.) can of mushrooms, drained
6 oz. Velveeta, cubed*
Combine all the ingredients in a greased 1 1/2 qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
*I didn’t used to buy Velveeta because it used to be more expensive than other cheeses, but it is the same price or less than cheddar now, so I buy it more often.
*Apple Butterscotch Crisp
This recipe is good served with ice cream or for something different, try a slice of cheese or a dollop of sour cream.
6 cups (5 large) baking apples, sliced and peeled
1 cup brown sugar (may adjust to apples’ tartness)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cook oatmeal
1 pkg. (3 1/2 oz.) cook and serve butterscotch pudding
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, cold
Place apples in a greased 9×13 pan. Mix everything else in a bowl, cutting in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.* Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender.
*Whenever a recipe says to cut in something, that means to take a pastry cutter and mix the butter, margarine or shortening in with the dry ingredients until the mix gets crumbly looking. (I just use my fingers. It is easier for me to wash them than a pastry cutter.)
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