Wednesday, July 06, 2005

What's Cooking?

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Two days ago I posted, showing a photo of my dream kitchen.
Well this is my real kitchen, most of it anyway. What's not shown is the pantry wall.
This kitchen works, but when there's more than one 'chef' toiling away, they'd better be used to working as a team because it's pretty small!
Mr. SB and I were reminiscing about the meals we used to create when we had our children in the household. You know what I mean... those meals which are both filling and inexpensive. So what came to mind??? One of our favorite casseroles!

Layered Enchilada Casserole

4 chicken breasts
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk *I use 1 small can of Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1 can green chile salsa *I use Herdez Salsa Verde, unless I have homemade
12 corn tortillas
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese *I use less
1 medium onion, finely chopped
*Optional layer ideas:
halved or sliced black olives
canned chiles

Wrap chicken in foil *I add chopped garlic and garlic salt, bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.
Pour saved juices into lasagne pan.
Cool chicken slightly and either cut, or tear into small pieces.
Mix together the soups, milk *or enchilada sauce and salsa.
Cut tortillas into 1" strips.
Line the bottom of the lasagne pan with 1 layer of tortilla strips.
Then 1 layer of chicken,
1 layer of the chopped onion,
then 1 layer of the soup mix.
Continue layers, ending with soup mix.
Cover with the shredded cheese.
Cover and refrigerate 8-12 hours (to soften tortillas.)
Bake, uncovered at 300 degrees for 1 - 1.5 hours.

Well, my chicken is cooked and I'm off to get started!


Blogger jac said...

That kitchen doesn't look like so small. The recipe is mouth watering, a pity that I can't try it in wilderness
Happy to be in the roll with thanks.

11:20 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Actually my favorite way to cook is over a campfire. Grilled meats and vegetables are easy, and it's amazing what you can make with a dutch oven... like soups.
Glad to have you on the blogroll!

11:39 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Oh my SB, that sounds WONDERFUL!!! Here's what memories YOUR casserole brought up for me...I am a St. Patty's Day baby. I'm not Irish nor am I named Erin and I HATED the thought of Corned Beef & Cabbage as my "birthday meal". Keep in mind, as a kid, cabbage pretty much smells like farts (still does, but I like it ~ Cabbage not farts ~ as an adult). So every year I'd ask my Mom to make MY favorite meal for my birthday....chicken enchiladas! They were *so* incredibly good. Know what is really cool? In cleaning out our office for "Extreme Makeover 2005", I found the binder of recipes my Mom had put together for me when I went away to college. My favorite Birthday Meal recipe was in there! So once I lose the remaining 24 lbs of excess steroid blubber that I have, I am going to make my Mom's recipe AND your recipe.

Your recipe really does sound delicious! Screw my 24 lbs of steroid blubber, what time is dinner?? I might make it in time if I leave the Bay Area now?! ;-)

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and your memories!

11:47 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Okay, so you take the current resale value of your house and subtract it from 2.5 million (roughly the cost of the "dream kitchen" house) then sink the difference into YOUR kitchen and VOILA!

Oh yeah, I'm laughing too my friend. Plus I think I almost hurled when I saw the weight room.

File under - Must Be FREAKING Nice!

11:52 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I am soooooo making that for dinner tonight! I have a chicken enchilada casserole that we like, but it's with red sauce and black beans. Your recipe will make such a great variation! I just stopped by to say hi, and look! I go home with the dinner dilemma solved! THANK you!!!

11:56 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

P.S. You linked me?? I'm honored -- truly!

12:01 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

This certainly isn't real enchiladas, but we love it.
Come on up, seriously! Dinner is around 6pm, unless we all drink too much wine and say heck with the food!
Warning- I added some cooked pork sausage in with the chicken on a whim... who knows?
Are you really doing Extreme Makeover? I love all those home shows!

I thought about expanding the kitchen but then the rest of the house would seem too small... you know how that goes.
A friend tells me that property was once a golf course. I liked the weight room too!

This recipe should sit for 8 - 12 hours before cooking, but sometimes I add a little less milk to the mixture and refrigerate at least an hour.
It's sort of like lasagne- even better the next day!
I figured (since I ranted yesterday) that I 'oughta' get off my butt and link some more of my favorites ASAP!

12:38 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Heh heh heh, SB are you SURE you don't know me in real life? The comment about having too much wine and saying the heck with the food! is something I've probably done!! (or not, I'm not admitting to anything formally)

And I'm sure my Mom's enchiladas weren't hardcore, REAL enchiladas as they involved cans not homemade sauces and such, but they were the *best* in my book.

12:57 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Been there, done that!
Hey- I was just visiting your blog and dang! Your home is sooooo beautiful, I'd be ashamed to have you see this little older house!
My advice is drink wine before coming over for a visit, that way it'll look better... and you might not remember it later!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Pseudo-intellectual lunatic said...


1:23 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Yummm, that's what I'm saying! Best of all, no last minute fuss.

1:44 PM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

this is definitely getting made.... yum! thanks for posting it....

2:25 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

SierraBella ~ Thanks on the compliments on the house! As stupid as it sounds, we REALLY love it too! We had to move out of the area we both lived in before, to be able to afford something this new and of this size. I lived in downtown Walnut Creek in a TEENY, TINY, ITSY, BITSY condo and The Hubs rented an apartment in Danville (post~divorce).

Thankfully Walnut Creek had grown *SO* much since I bought my condo that I made a KILLING in the equity and we were able to put about $100K down for our new, MUCH bigger house together. If it weren't for my "bachelorette pad" being worth so much, I'm sure we'd be in some little old house on the outskirts with no running water and a hole in the dirt for a toilet! Well you know how expensive that whole area can be ;-)

And puh-leez! Your house might be older than ours, but it has amenities ours will NEVER have! I truly enjoy the pictures of the animals and your views....something we'll never have (unless you count the old man I see every morning in his undies out front watering the sidewalk)...HARDLY the same!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

From rant to recipe, eh? That's an interesting turn. I know I'm going to have to do something more fun after my last rant. Thanks for a new recipe.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Mmmmm....I love food! And this sounds delicious!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

Your kitchen is so neat and clean. Where's the pile of dirty dishes?

7:14 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I took your suggestion to heart and made the casserole yesterday, but planned to eat it tonight. It looks and smells soooooo good!

7:32 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Good! It's great for small crowds of teenage boys, something you mentioned yesterday.

OMG- had to laugh about that old man in his undies outside watering! I'd almost forgot what living in suburbia and having neighbors was all about!
Sounds like Frank Barone (sp?) from Everybody Loves Raymond!

Yeah, I thought I needed to lighten up some!
The recipe is lots of food for only two people, but it freezes really well.

We love it!
This recipe is very forgiving, you can add different items for a change of flavor. I almost always add those black olives.

rae ann-
There's another thing I'm anal about... dirty dishes! I actually had our contractor remove the dishwasher when we remodeled the kitchen. The extra space was needed more, and I don't like the way dishwashers etch glassware.

Well let me know how you liked it! Hope you enjoy!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Thanks! I love to collect bloggers' recipes. I printed this one, and will give it a try.

10:04 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Don't tell me you're creating a BlogRecipes book!

10:13 AM  

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