Apple to the Core
Stuffing-Crusted Creamy chicken Casserole
PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Add
hot water to stuffing mix; stir just until moistened.
Easy Chicken & Rice Divan
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Mix milk, mayo and seasonings in 13x9-inch baking dish. ADD rice, chicken and broccoli; mix well. BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through (170°F). Remove from oven. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 min. or until cheese is melted and liquid is absorbed.
Zesty Cheeseburger Mac Casserole
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Place frozen vegetables in colander in sink. Cook Macaroni as directed on package. Pour cooked macaroni over frozen vegetables in colander to drain and quickly thaw vegetables.
RETURN macaroni and vegetables to same saucepan. Add Cheese Sauce, milk and dressing; mix well. Add cooked meat and 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese; mix well. Spoon into 2-qt. round casserole dish; cover with foil.
BAKE 35 min. or until heated through. Uncover; top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake an additional 3 to 4 min. or until cheese is melted.
Great Substitute -
Substitute 1 can (12 oz.) white tuna
in water, drained, for cooked ground
Layered Fiesta Casserole
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Brown meat with peppers in large skillet, stirring frequently; drain. Stir in salsa, tomatoes and corn; bring to boil.
SPOON 1 cup meat mixture onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with 6 tortillas, overlapping as necessary. Spoon half of the remaining meat mixture over tortillas; top with 3/4 cup of the cheese. Top with remaining 6 tortillas and meat mixture. Cover with foil.
BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until heated through. Remove from oven; uncover. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Let stand 5 min. or until cheese is melted.
Cheesy Mac-Topped Italian Beef Bake
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Prepare Dinner as directed on package. Meanwhile, brown meat with garlic and oregano in large skillet. Add tomatoes with their liquid and the beans; mix well. SPOON meat mixture into 13x9-inch baking dish; top evenly with prepared Dinner. Cover with aluminum foil. BAKE 30 min. or until heated through. Remove from oven; uncover. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 min. or until cheese is melted.
Easy Ham and Broccoli Bake
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Spread ham onto bottom of greased 9-inch square baking dish; cover with layers of broccoli and cracker crumbs.
BEAT eggs and milk with wire whisk until well blended. Pour over ingredients in casserole dish; sprinkle with cheese.
BAKE 40 to 45 min. or until center is set and top is golden brown.
Variation: Easy Chicken and Broccoli Bake - Prepare as directed, substituting chopped cooked chicken for the ham.
Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole
Brown the meat
(or tofu) with onions, celery and green pepper. Add rice and cook for
another few minutes, mixing well. Set aside.
Shred a small-medium cabbage and line a greased casserole dish with a third of
it. Layer meat mixture over it. Add another layer of cabbage and more meat, then
the final layer of cabbage. Pour tomato sauce over casserole and shake to ensure
sauce reaches the bottom. Layer the top with bacon.
*Optional: One package of plain ground tofu can be substituted for a delicious veggie version of this casserole.
Rice Artichoke Casserole
Preheat oven to 375°.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add garlic, onions and peppers and sauté
for 5 minutes. Add drained tomatoes, basil, oregano, chili flakes and salt to
skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently and
breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon as they cook.
Tuna Rice Royal
Combine tuna, rice, celery, onions and pimientos. Blend soup, milk and cheese. Heat. Stir into tuna mixture. Season to taste. Turn into a greased, shallow 2 quart casserole. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 375º for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Makes 6 servings.
Mexican Manicotti (Plan ahead, start the night before)
In a bowl, combine the uncooked beef, beans, chili powder and oregano. Spoon into uncooked manicotti shells; arrange in a greased 13x9" baking dish. Combine water and picante sauce; pour over shells. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350º for 1 hour. Uncover; spoon sour cream over the top. Sprinkle with the cheese, onions and olives. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese it melted. Makes 8 servings.
Country Style Casserole
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in hash browns, chicken and carrots. Transfer to a greased 13x9" baking dish. Cover and bake at 350º for 45-50 minutes. Uncover and bake 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbly. Makes 8 servings.
Hearty Ham Casserole
In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside. In a saucepan, sauté onion in butter for 2 minutes; stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; pour over the ham mixture and stir until combined. Transfer to a greased 11x7" baking dish. Cover and bake at 350º for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 4-6 servings.
Brown meat, add onion, green pepper, seasoning, mushrooms, tomato paste and water. Let simmer. Add Mostaccioli. This is best prepared day before serving. Heat thoroughly to serve. Serves 16. This dish freezes well for a quick dinner later on.
Sausage Bake Casserole
Cook sausage in a large skillet until it begins to brown, stirring to break up large pieces. Add onion and celery; sauté until tender. Remove sausage and vegetables with a slotted spoon to a well-greased 9x13" baking dish. Top with cooked Spaghetti.
Combine soup and milk; add eggs and cheese. Pour mixture over spaghetti, coating evenly. Combine corn flakes and butter. Arrange mixture around the edge of casserole in a wide ring shape, leaving the center uncovered. Bake at 350º for 35 minutes or until corn flakes are crisp and toasted.
Cheddar Beef Casserole
In a 400º, bake pie crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350º. Brown beef in skillet, remove with a slotted spoon. In bowl, mix mushroom soup, milk, eggs, spices and sauce. Add beef and cheese. Mix and pour into pie shell. Cover edges of shell with boil and bake for 60 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
Country Ham & Cornbread Casserole
Heat oven to 350º. Grease a 2 quart baking dish. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except cheese. Pour into greased baking dish. Bake at for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown and set. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Makes 6 servings.
Chicken Macaroni Casserole
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until combined. Add cream and 1½ cups of the broth all at one; stir until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat; add the cheese and stir until melted. Stir in macaroni, chicken, pimientos, salt and pepper. Add additional 1/2 cup of broth if needed. Pour into a 3-qt baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Makes 6-8 servings.
Cheese Chicken Casserole
Mix all ingredients except 1/2 cup cheese. Spoon into 1½-quart casserole. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Makes 6 servings.
Mashed Potato Beef Casserole
In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain. reserving 1 tsp drippings. Set bacon aside. Cook beef in dripping over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Toss onion, mushrooms, carrot and celery in flour; add to skillet with the broth, Worcestershire sauce, tarragon and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add bacon; transfer to a greased 2-qt baking dish. Combine potatoes and 1/2 cup of the cheese; spread over beef mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated through. Boil 4 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Makes 4-6 servings.
Ham & Cheese Puff
Toss bread, ham and cheese; place in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. In a skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender; transfer to a bowl. Add eggs, milk and mustard; mix well. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve immediately. Makes 12-15 servings.
Connecticut Beef Supper
Melt shortening in large skillet. Cook and stir meat and onion in shortening until meat is brown and onion is tender. Add water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 50 minutes. Heat oven 350 degrees. Pour meat mixture into ungreased baking dish, 13x9"; arrange potato slices on meat. Stir together soup, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper; our over potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese and cereal. Bake uncovered 1 1/2 hours or until potatoes and meat are tender. Makes 6-8 servings.
Ortega Fiesta Bake
Cook beef and onion until beef is browned; drain. Stir in salsa, seasoning mix and water. Cook over low heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in corn and olives. Spoon into 8-inch square baking dish. Prepare batter for corn muffin mix according to pkg directions. Stir in cheese and chiles. Spread over meat mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Have a deep 3-quart baking dish read. Peel potatoes, cut into 1 inch pies and place them in a large saucepan with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until tender . Drain in a colander, return potatoes to pot and stir over low heat 2 minutes until dry and floury. Remove from heat and mash until almost smooth. Add warm milk, 2 tsp of the butter, 1 1/4 tsp of the salt and 1/2 tsp of the pepper. Beat with a wooden spoon or handheld electric mixer on low speed just until smooth and fluffy. While potatoes cook, melt another 2 tsp of the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add cabbage and cook 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Remove from pot and reserve. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and thyme and cook until onions are soft. Add beef and bay leaf and cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until meat is no longer pink. Stir in tomatoes, wine, flour, remaining 1/12 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Remove bay leaf and discard. Transfer beef mixture to baking dish and smooth top. Gently fold cabbage into mashed potatoes and spoon over beef layer, covering beef completely. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake uncovered, 35 minutes or until hot and potatoes are golden brown.
Cheddar Beef Pie
Combine all ingredients and mix lightly. Press meat mixture onto bottom and side of 9" pie plate. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove meat shell from oven; drain. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Sauté celery slices in 1 tbl margarine. Combine celery, cheese and mushrooms. Toss lightly; spoon into hot meat shell. Melt remaining margarine and combine with 1/4 cup crumbs.; sprinkle over cheese mixture. Return to oven and continue baking 10 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
Ore-Ida Country Style Hash Brown Casserole
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except bread crumbs and butter, mixing well. Spread into an ungreased 11X7" baking dish or 2 quart casserole. Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; arrange over casserole. Bake 30 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and mixture is bubbly. Serves 6.
Ham and Green Noodle Casserole
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook and stir onion in butter until tender. Blend in flour, salt, pepper and mustard. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until bubbly; remove from heat. Add milk; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in ham and Swiss cheese. Cook noodles as directed on package; drain. Alternate layers of noodles and sauce mixture in ungreased 1 1/2 quart casserole; sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered until bubbly and light brown, about 20 minutes. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Make 6 servings.