Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ashby's Homemade Pot Pie

2 uncooked pie shells
1 whole roasted chicken
2-3 stalks celery
1/2 white onion
1 Tbls. butter
3 red potatoes
2 large carrots
15 green beans
1/2 bag frozen corn
1/2 bag frozen peas
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take your roasted chicken breast (which can be found just about anywhere, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.) and peel the skin off the skin of the chicken and shred the meat; set aside.

Chop the celery and onions into small pieces. Melt butter in a skillet and saute the celery and onions together until onions are soft and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.

Chop the remaining vegetables and place in a pot of water. I like to chop the vegetables in order of what needs to be boiled the longest. I start with the potatoes and put them in the water, then the carrots and put them in the water (.....are you seeing a pattern?), then the green beans, add the corn, and then the peas. Boil until potatoes are slightly tender. Drain water from vegetables.

Place one of the pie shells (I like to get the refrigerated Pillsbury shells that are rolled up) in the bottom of a pie dish and form the edges. Sometimes I have to cut off some of the edges because they are too big.

Now, mix the soups together (in a large bowl because you'll be adding all the other ingredients to it) and add desired amount of milk to thin. You don't want to make it too runny, or it'll spill out of the pie. Add the chicken, celery and onions, and vegetables. Mix together until everything is covered. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour into uncooked pie shell. Cover with the remaining shell, form sides, and cut a 1-inch slit in the top. You may want to put foil around the edges so they don't burn.

Place pie on cookie sheet because the insides sometimes drip out. Bake for 40 minutes, and remove foil around edges. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the top crust looks a golden brown. Let sit for another 5-10 minutes and serve!

Stove Top Chicken Casserole

1 pkg. Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
2-3 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1 bag (16 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, drained

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on box, set aside.
Mix together soup and sour cream. Add chicken and mixed vegetables and mix until covered with sauce. Place in 13x9 inch pan then top with prepared stuffing.
Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through!

So easy, and so good!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Best Ever Pot Roast and Gravy

I used to make my roasts in my crock pot and they were ALWAYS dry, until my sister-in-law taught me how to do it in the oven. And I will never go back! This seriously is the best, most tender, and easiest to make roast you will ever eat!

3-4 pound Chuck Roast (Safeway and Costco have GREAT chuck roasts)
Meat Tenderizer
Mrs. Dash Original

Sprinkle the roast with the meat tenderizer on all sides and let sit for 5-10 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 250 degrees, and spray a large (oven safe) pot with Pam. I use the largest one I have but make sure it has a lid. If not, foil works too. Sprinkle the roast again with a desired amount of Mrs. Dash. Place roast in large pot on the stove and sear all sides over medium-high heat. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Let it cook for 5-6 hours.

Juices from roast
1 cup cold water
1/2 to 1 cup COLD water mixed with 3 tbls. flour (shake well to mix)

After roast is done cooking, remove from oven and poor juices into a sauce pan. Be sure to keep the roast covered while making the gravy so it doesn't dry out. Bring juices to a boil over high-heat and let it boil down almost to where you think it is about to burn. At that point pour 1 cup of water into the sauce pan and mix with a whisk. Then add the water mixed with the flour (this keeps the flour from clumping, but you have to make sure you mix it again before adding to the gravy). Mix together until it begins to thicken. There's no need to add salt, the Mrs. Dash keeps the gravy well flavored.

And Voila! Enjoy!