Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Casserole

While casserole is a French word denoting a certain type of baking dish, as with most bastardized foreign words in English, we've altered the meaning to more generally refer the contents of the said dish.  I for one am a fan.  They are easy to make. They are versatile and forgiving.  And they at there heart, they are made up of 3 parts with an optional 4th for the fancy ones.

Part 1 is the starch.  You can choose, noodles/pasta, rice or potatoes
Part 2 is the veggie/meat
Part 3 is the filler.  Again roux, cream, cheese, condensed soup, etc...
and (optional)
Part 4 could be a topping.  Bread crumbs, onion crunch, cheese or even potato chips

This one I made with

Part 1: Egg Noodles
Part 2: Chicken (ALWAYS PRE-COOK THE MEAT), peas, baby portobello mushrooms and carrots
Part 3: A combination of Cream of Onion soup (condensed), sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and mild cheddar cheese
and I opted for a Part 4, those French's crunch onion thingies.

Once assembled backed at 300˚ for 55 minutes.

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