Thursday, January 15, 2015

When You Wish Upon A Casserole.

My sweet little family and I took a trip to the Magical Kingdom of Disneyland not long ago. It was enchanting and wonderful and I wanted to stay there forever and ever (minus all the rude and pushy sunburned tourists). The night before we left I pulled out the old Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Cookbook to get some inspiration for a pre-Disneyland dinner. Most of the recipes in this book involve some sort of creamed can of something soup and rice and chicken. Well, I just happened to have chicken and rice and cream of mushroom soup on hand. I also had cheddar cheese and broccoli and that right there my friends is the fixins for a damn spectacular casserole.  In the cookbook Mickey Mouse had a recipe for a chicken casserole but it was a little too bland for my refined caviar and Champagne taste (lol, yeah right, I'd eat chili dog soup from a creepy gas station). I asked myself "What would Minnie Mouse do?" Minnie Mouse would do whatever the hell she wants because she's a super cool mouse like that.

So I took what I liked from Mickey's recipe and I kicked that recipe right in the taint. I made Minnie Mouse's Super Fine Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. Besides, I needed to use up a bunch of stuff in my fridge so nothing went bad on out trip (I'm looking at you sad broccoli). This is the kind of Americana casserole that my mom would make when she wasn't cooking Cuban food. Something bubbly and chickeny and covered in bright orange cheese. Hell yes.

The awesome thing about these kinds of dishes is that you can feed your whole family (or yourself for many meals) for not much money and they are super filling. It's the perfect post apocalypse meal. Aside for my theory that chickens will be over 10 feet tall and carnivorous. That will be scary. Maybe use pork or beef then. Either way, casseroles usually mean more bang for your buck leaving you more money for hookers and cocaine or whatever your hobbies are. xoxo

Cheesy Chicken and Rice and Broccoli Casserole
2 cups of diced cooked chicken
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped small
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups cooked rice
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 tsp hot sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, tt

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Melt the butter in a casserole dish. Toss all of the ingredients together (except for the cheese) and spread evenly into the casserole dish. Cover with cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes. Eat. Ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride again. Repeat.