I call this blog "In the South it's a Religion" but I realize there's a big part of southern culture I never touch on: the casserole. Oh my how us southerners love our casseroles, and casserole dishes of course. I have at least 10 casserole dishes and I couldn't imagine any self respecting southern cook with any less. You have to have a variety of sizes and at any point in time several will probably be at use - I have two in the dishwasher, one in the sink to go in the dishwasher, one in the fridge with leftovers, one at a potluck I wasn't feeling well enough to go to with Shaun and one in the oven as I type this. Of course, we don't eat casseroles every night, they're just great to cook a variety of things in. But with Thanksgiving upon us I thought I might share a favorite casserole that just so happens to be great for your leftover turkey: Poppy Seed Chicken.
I first had poppy seed chicken when my mom was recovering from surgery and her friend Miss Sara brought it to us. Because southerners bring a casserole when things like that happen, and you always call your parent's friends Mr or Miss first name, even when you become a grown up you still do it. But anyway, it was omg good so I looked up the recepie and began making it myself.
Start off by preheating the oven to 350. The first ingredient is 4 cups of cooked chicken, or turkey. Sometimes I just boil some frozen chicken Brest but today I used chicken pulled off the bone from last week's roast chicken.
Mix in one can of cream of chicken soup
Canned soup is almost always an ingredient in a southern casserole recepie. Add 8oz of sourcream
I obviously used half this container.
Add seasonings and poppy seeds
I actually left them out this time because a. I'm out and b. Shaun is job hunting and better safe than sorry on the whole poppyseed and positive drug screen fable. But usually you'd add a tablespoon.
Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Here's another southern woman cooking habit: we reuse our grease. I know women who keep collect it every time they cook bacon. I just decided to use the same dish the chicken had cooked in
Look, it's practical, don't judge me!
Add crushed up ritz crackers, another southern casserole staple, on top.
I used about half the sleeve and then sprinkled on parsley. I don't think parsley adds any flavor but it just looks nice.
Bake for 30 minutes and seve on top of the carb of your choice. Most people go with white rice, I like egg noodles
Casseroles are great because its a good way to use leftovers and turn them into something different and they keep really well, instead of being baked this one can be popped into the freezer for future consumption. A lot of other casseroles have the veggies mixed right in so they're also easy peasy meals.
Happy leftover making y'all!