Simple Chicken Casserole

This is an incredibly simple chicken casserole that can be dressed up more as needed. I’ve used crushed Ritz crackers mixed with melted butter as a unique and simple layer under the cheese.  It adds some great texture and saltiness while maintaining the traditional comfort food appeal.

Simple Chicken Casserole

Serves: 5

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Ingredients
  • 1 Medium Onion, (Chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp Margarine
  • ¼ c Flour
  • 1 ½ Chicken Broth
  • ¾ c Milk
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 6 oz Egg Noodles
  • 5 c Shredded Chicken
  • 10 oz cut Broccoli
  • 1 c Shredded Cheddar
  • 1 c Shredded Muenster

Instructions
  1. Sauté the onion in margarine for 3 minutes and stir in flour, broth and milk. Simmer in frying pan until thick. Add salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate pan, cook the noodles and spread into a buttered baking dish.
  3. Place chicken and broccoli over the noodles and pour the sauce evenly over everything.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the dish and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

Creamy Potato Puff

Mashed Potatoes anyone? This is a creamy spin on the standard.  Consider adding a touch of White Truffle Oil to the mixture for a really great surprise.

Creamy Potato Pufff

Serves: 5

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Ingredients
  • 8 OZ Cream Cheese, (softened)
  • 4 C Hot Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • ⅓ C Onion, (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Dash of Pepper

Instructions
  1. Combined softened cream cheese, potatoes and remaining ingredients
  2. Place in a 1 Quart Casserole dish
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

 

 

 

Grandma’s Sausage Stuffing

This is my favorite part about Thanksgiving…regarding the food, of course. It’s got a nice amount of spice that can be eliminated if need-be.  I recommend eating this every day (disclaimer: That would be REALLY unhealthy!)

Grandma’s Sausage Stuffing

Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 C Margarine
  • ½ Lb Bob Evans Sausage
  • ½ Lb Bob Evans Spicy Sausage
  • 2 C Onion, (Chopped)
  • 2 C Celery, (Chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Sage, or Poultry Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • ½ C Parsley
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Loaf bread, (lightly toasted and cubed)
  • 6 Potatoes, mashed

Instructions
  1. Saute margarine, onion and celery until celery is cooked through in a frying pan.
  2. Add cooked sausage, cubed bread, mashed potatoes and all remaining ingredients.
  3. Add water as needed to keep it moist
  4. Cook for 45 minutes covered at 350 degrees

 

Chicken a la Maria

This recipe is, simply put, amazing. By far one of my favorite dishes of all times. I have no idea who “Maria” is and neither does my mom, but it tastes amazing and will surely impress.

Chicken a la Maria

Serves: 8

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Ingredients
  • 8-10 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ¾ C Italian dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ C Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ C Sliced Green Onions
  • 4 OZ Coarsely Chopped Deli Ham
  • 1 Package Frozen Spinach Souffle (defrosted)

Instructions
  1. Mix defrosted, uncooked souffle, onions and ham, set aside.
  2. Mix bread crumbs and cheese, dip chicken in this to coat completely
  3. Place chicken on lightly greased pan. Scoop souffle mix onto center of chicken breast
  4. Sprinkle with remaining crumb xix.
  5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-45 min

 

Sloppy Giuseppe

When I think of the food that I enjoyed as a kid, I think of this Sloppy Giuseppe recipe. It’s a great way to completely dress up a regular sloppy Joe recipe and impress whoever you are serving.

Sloppy Giuseppe

Serves: 10

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Ingredients
  • 1 Small Onion, (chopped)
  • ½ Diced Green Pepper
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Lb Italian Sausage, (casing removed)
  • 24 OZ Crushed Tomatoes
  • 3 OZ Tomato Paste
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1½ tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp Basil, (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp Parsley Flakes
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Dry Mustard Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Fennel Seed
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 10 Onion Rolls

Instructions
  1. Brown beef and Italian sausage and drain
  2. Add onion and green pepper
  3. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 hour
  4. Serve over onion bread and enjoy!

 

Warm Potato and Shrimp Salad

This is one of my sister’s favorite recipes. It’s incredibly tasty and is a really simple tradition to start when preparing a dinner.

Warm Potato and Shrimp Salad

Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 garlic Clove
  • 1Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Chives
  • 2.5 Tbsp Fresh Dill
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • ¾ C Olive Oil,
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1¼ Lb Fresh Shrimp, (cooked, drained, rinsed, peeled and deveined)
  • 2½ Lb red or Yellow Potatoes, (peeled, cooked, cooled, and cut into ½” cubes)

Instructions
  1. Dressing (Make 1 day in advance if possible)
  2. Finely chop shallot, garlic, parsley, chives, and dill
  3. Whisk Dijon, lemon, white wine vinegar olive oil, salt and pepper
  4. Combine Dijon mixture and Shallot mixtures and still until well blended
  5. Cut shrimp into 1″ pieces
  6. Combine all ingredients and toss to coat evenly.
  7. Serve immediately

 

Creme Brulee French Toast

OK, this recipe is by far one of my favorites!  I’m a big sugar fan, and that MAY be why….or it could be that it is incredibly simple to make and is an AMAZING addition to a “gourmet-like” breakfast.  If you want to surprise your overnight guests with this or even host a brunch party, everyone will be asking for this recipe.  Go on though, take the credit for it and tell them its a secret!  Or…send them to TradtionalFamilyRecipes.com!

Creme Brulee French Toast

Serves: 3

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Ingredients
  • ½ C Unsalted Butter
  • 1 C Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
  • 1 8″-9″ Round Loaf Country-Style Bread
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1½ C Half and Half
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Grand Marnier
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Instructions
  1. Melt the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat and stir frequently until it forms a smooth texture.
  2. Pour into a 13x9x2 baking dish a spread evenly.
  3. Cut off the ends of the bread and slice the remaining bread into 1″ slices (trim the crust off)
  4. Arrange bread slices in the pan without overlapping. Squeeze them together if needed.
  5. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt.
  6. Pour mixture over bread, and let chill for at least 8 hours in the refrigerator
  7. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until edges are light-golden (35-40 minutes)

 

 

 

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

I went to a restaurant once when I was first being introduced to seafood (I was a late bloomer), and took a gamble with the shrimp.  The server assured me that these would open my world…sure enough, they did.  This isn’t the exact recipe, but it’s what I was able to piece together after some intense searching.  They are great at any get together and really simple to make.  It’s quickly becoming a new family tradition!

Firecracker Shrimp

Serves: 5

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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs Large Raw Shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Dried Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Instructions
  1. Put shrimp on skewers and brush with olive oil
  2. Combine all dry ingredients and sprinkle on both sides of the shrimp
  3. Cook on a grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until shrimp are cooked

Notes
To make a meal out of this, serve over some warm rice with Siracha Sauce!

 

Fireman Chili

This family recipe is incredibly simple and will surprise you with the flavors.  As it is, it won’t win any awards, but feel free to dress it up with other ingredients like jalapenos, cumin, pork, etc.  The chili is very forgiving, so be creative and let us know what you did to enhance it!

Fireman Chili

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Green Pepper (diced)
  • 1 small Can Mushrooms
  • 1 20oz Jar Old El Pasa Medium Salsa – Thick ‘n Chunky
  • 1 14.5 oz Can Del Monte Chili style tomatoes
  • 3 Cans Brooks Chili Beans (1-mild, 1-hot, 1-spicy)
  • Macaroni Noodles
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions
  1. Brown the beef with the onions and peppers in the Breville 7-qt Slow Cooker With Easy Sear
  2. Add mushrooms, beans, salsa and tomatoes.
  3. Simmer for a minimum of 45 minutes (the longer the better).
  4. Serve over noodles and top with shredded cheddar and/or sour cream