Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More Cheesy Goodness

I know I just posted a recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes but I just can't resist sharing this recipe too.*

Recently I stumbled across a site by the name of Southern Plate and then proceeded to spend hours reading through the recipes & family antedotes. Warning: If you are trying to lose weight do NOT go to this blog. It is full of comfort food. Down home, simple, delicious, comfort food like the Cheesy Chicken & Corn Casserole I made last night.

Oh my.

Everything you need should already be in your kitchen because again these are simple recipes. Not like that crazy stuff that Top Chef contestants** come up with, but real food that real people (like me) can make and enjoy.

You'll need:

1 box/packet of saffron rice (or Zatarain's as SP uses)
1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked chicken, diced/shredded
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can corn, drained
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp butter (see note)

Cook rice according to directions. Reserving 1/2 cup of cheese, mix everything else together including the cooked rice. (That means only 1 1/2 cups goes in now for the directionally challenged.)

After it's well mixed, put the remaining cheese on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until everything is nice and bubbly.

-SP's original recipe called for a WHOLE stick of butter. I thought uh, no, and used 1/2 stick. Even that could be cut back without affecting the recipe I think. Next time I may even omit the butter all together.

-You'll notice that I just mixed everything up in my casserole dish. I mean why dirty a bowl for nothing right?

-As displayed by the previous statement I am lazy so I typically cook & freeze chopped chicken and ground hamburger. That way I only make one mess but I have cooked meat ready for me whenever I need it. Obviously if you don't do that you will have the extra step of cooking and chopping your chicken.

It may not be the prettiest dish to hit our plates but this casserole was delicious. I see lots of Cheesy Chicken & Corn Casseroles in my future!

*I swear we eat food that is not covered with cheese. Sometimes.

**I love watching Top Chef but know that I will never, ever make one darn thing they do on there.

***I'm not a brand name whore as that picture implies. I buy whatever is cheapest.


CaraBee said...

I am making this TONIGHT! I roasted a chicken yesterday, so I have a whole mess of leftover chicken. This is perfect and looks so yummy. Covered in cheese is my favorite way! :)

Christina said...

That looked so good that I actually went to the kitchen to see if I had everything I need. Thanks for dinner!

Shelley said...

That looks delicious. I'm thinking this is good for my budget too....

The Royal Family said...


ok love it thanks, and I love top chef!

Melissa said...

I will be trying this! I love anything with chicken and cheese! Thank you!

Heather said...

Chicken, cheese, corn...

I think I may add mushrooms.


Shannon said...

Yummy cheesy goodness!

Veronica said...

Looks cheesy. My husband would love it! LOL @brand name whore!

Annie said...

Yum! I can't wait to try this recipe and browse the food website you mentioned. I, too, love Top Chef but will never make the stuff they cook. With four children ages 10 and under, who has time?!

Love your blog. I'm a new follower.

Kat said... know how when you read recipes at places like allrecipes and people say they love it, but here are the million ways they changed it? And it's really not the same recipe anymore?

It's my turn! So...we don't do corn I left that out. And I made chicken tacos last week (it's one of the few blog posts I did this year. 6 boneless chicken breasts, a jar of salsa and 1 envelope of taco seasoning in the crockpot all day) so I used the leftovers of that with the rice, soup and cheese. Skipped the butter entirely. And oh wow. Yummy! I love the flavor of the taco seasonings with the yellow rice. Thanks for the jumping off point!!

Oh and did you see that Southern Plate was featured in this month's Southern Living??