Category Archives: Cuisine

Irish Lamb Chop Stew

8 small lamb chops
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
parsley, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary
1 lb. potatoes (3 to 4 medium)
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large leek, sliced thin
12 small white onions
1-1/2 C. diced celery
1-1/2 C. peas
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in saucepan wide enough to hold all chops in a single layer. Brown on both sides. Spoon off any melted fat and add enough water to cover chops. Bring to a boil and add parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary enclosed in cheesecloth. Lower heat and simmer. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and shape into bite sized rounds. Chop trimmings from potatoes into small pieces. Add potatoes, trimmings, cabbage, onion, well-rinsed leek, white onions and celery to chops and liquid. Simmer 20 minutes then add peas. Add a little more water if needed during cooking. Simmer 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Add more seasoning, if needed. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Irish Potato Casserole

8 medium Irish or white potatoes, thinly sliced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 1/2 cups milk

Place half of potatoes in lightly greased 12×8 inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; add half the sliced onions. Combine soup and milk; pour over onion and potatoes. Top with remaining onion and potatoes; cover with remaining soup mixture. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave at high temperature for 20-25 minutes. Rotate dish 1/2 turn after 10 minutes. Let stand, covered, 3-5 minutes.

Chinese Pork Casserole

2 lbs. pork, cut in bite-sized pieces (I use pork steaks, but you can use pork roast or pork chops)
1 green pepper, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
4 Tbs. soy sauce

Brown meat in small amount of oil. Add green pepper, onion, celery- sauté until onion is translucent. Mix all ingredients, place in casserole dish, and bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 2 hours

Chili Noodle Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can chili
1 (14.5 oz.) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 (15 oz.) can corn
1 (8 oz.) package egg noodles
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté the beef and onion for 5 to 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain fat. Add the celery, chili, tomatoes, taco sauce and corn. Heat thoroughly, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.

Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package directions. When cooked, place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the meat mixture over the noodles, stirring well. Top with the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.

Southwestern Chicken Garden Casserole

10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed
3 small yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs. peanut oil
3 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
12 small corn tortillas, cut into pieces
10 3/4-oz. can cream of celery soup, undiluted
8-oz. container sour cream
8-oz. jar picante sauce
4.5-oz. can chopped green chiles (do not drain)
one packet of fajita seasoning
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chopped spinach and pat dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté squash, bell pepper, and onion for 6 minutes or until tender, then remove from heat. Stir in spinach, chicken, next 6 ingredients, and 1 1/2 cups cheese. Transfer to a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, then bake for 5 more minutes.

Creamy Southwestern Chicken Casserole

6 cooked chicken breast halves, diced
12 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
10 3/4-oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
10 3/4-oz. condensed cream of chicken soup
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
2/3 C. chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, then pour in 1/3 C. chicken broth. Layer half tortilla pieces, then half the chicken, onion, green pepper, and each soup. Add a little garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and repeat layers. Add tomatoes over the top along with remaining broth. Cover with foil and bake for 45 or 55 minutes or until bubbly.

Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 lb. chicken tenders or chicken breasts, cut in bite-size pieces
1 8-oz. can pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved
1 cup uncooked rice
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can chicken broth
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 Tbs. sugar
3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs. sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix together chicken, pineapple, rice, carrots, pepper, onion, and garlic in the dish. Heat small saucepan over high heat, then add chicken broth, pineapple juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then pour over chicken. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender.

Southwestern Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 lb. chicken, cooked and cubed
3 cups rice, cooked according to package directions
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 lb. shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1 4-oz. can green chilies, chopped
Parmesan cheese
black olives for garnish (optional)

Spray a casserole baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer first five ingredients in the casserole baking dish, repeat until ingredients are all used, garnish with olives. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until shredded cheese is bubbly and melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 5-10 additional minutes or until top is brown.

Mexican Chicken & Potato Casserole

1 32-oz. pkg. frozen diced hash browns, thawed
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Mexican Style Velveeta Cheese, cubed
2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
2 green onions, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the onions, chilies, jalapeno, corn, beans, red peppers, sour cream, and soup. Add the chicken, cream, and cheeses; combine well. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Bake about 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly, stirring twice while baking. During the last 6-10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the crushed tortillas and green onions over potatoes and return to the oven. Remove casserole and let set 5-10 minutes before serving.

Black Bean Chicken with Rice

3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup salsa
2 cups cooked brown rice

Combine the chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt; rub over chicken. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Stir in the beans, corn and salsa. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.

Slice chicken; serve with rice and bean mixture. Yield: 4 servings.