This recipe is a takeoff from a dish that my mother-in-law introduced to me the first time I had Sunday dinner with them at the young age of 15. I remember how it melted in my mouth and the taste was heavenly. Of course, I wasn't much of a cook at that age, but since Dean and I married, I have almost mastered this recipe. Mom D. was an excellent cook, and to even get close makes me proud.
Here is the recipe. I substituted turkey for the chicken in this case, and it turns out just as good.
Chicken (Leftover Turkey) Casserole
1 3 lb chicken (or leftover turkey)
1 can cream of celery OR cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 soup cans chicken stock
1 stick margarine
1 small onion
1 small package Pepperidge Farm herb seasoned stuffing
Boil Chicken until done and tender. De-bone and cut into chunks. Mix soups and stock. In separate pan, met margarine and add onion. Cook until onion is tender. Add stuffing and lightly mix with fork. In a 9x13 baking dish, layer chicken, soup mixture and stuffing, ending with soup mixture. Bake uncovered at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
When using turkey, just cut meat into chunks.
When I mix the soups and stock, I do it in a pitcher or large measuring cup for easy pouring.
The recipe calls for margarine, but I usually use butter. Shhhhh :)
You can use other stuffings, but for this recipe, I am partial to this one. This bag made two casseroles...for one you will want the smaller size bag.
Mix butter, onion and stuffing together by lightly tossing.
Layer the ingredients in. I usually end up with two layers.
This baking dish was given to us as a wedding gift 28 years ago.....I guess that makes it vintage now.....wow.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes....
We leave no leftovers with this dish. :)
You can serve this with any sides you wish, but the unwritten rule around here is that we must have mashed potatoes and sweet peas with it. A healthier version can be made using lowfat/low sodium soups and better-for-you margarine.
Our daughter has turned out to be just as wonderful a cook as her grandmother and I'm hoping to share some of her great recipes throughout the holiday season.
'til next time!