This is what I had for supper last night! Two new recipes with much success! Let’s start with the main dish. It was a Creamy Chicken and Rice (casserole). Pretty simple to make, I added an extra step for myself by making homemade cream soup using my friend’s recipe from Favorite Family Foods. You can find it here. Overall the casserole baked up nicely. I doubled the cracker/butter topping to add a bit more topping, because that is my favorite part of casseroles like these. (sorry no pic of the dish, I can never take appetizing looking casserole pictures anyway :)
As for bread to serve with this dish, I was stumped. I have recently made Honey Wheat Rolls, French Bread (without bread machine), French Bread (with bread machine) and Homemade Dinner Rolls. All recipes I have made time and time again. I was ready to try something new and a recipe for steakhouse bread came to mind. A recipe I marked probably 6ish years ago, but ended up tossing it. So I went to the handy-dandy internet and searched for a recipe and sure enough, allrecipes.com did not fail. It was delicious. A nice added sweetness to a bread recipe. A couple strange ingredients that I wouldn’t have imagined ever putting in bread, like cocoa pwd and instant coffee, but it turned out wonderful! You can find the original recipe here. Below is the recipe with a few minor changes I have made to it. (the whole in my lovely bread is from our nice little bread machine gadget getting ripped out of the bottom…next time I will try to be a bit more gentle.)
Here are the two recipes. Enjoy!
Creamy Chicken and Rice
1 pkg of 1/3 less salt, Chicken Flavor rice & vermicceli mix with chicken broth and herb (Rice-a-Roni)
1 T butter
2 1/4 cup hot watter
cooking spray/olive oil
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast cubed
8 oz fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup (if you want to make the homemade version check the recipe out here!)
1/2 cup crushed crackers
1 T butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook rice according to pkg; using 1 T butter and 2 1/4 cup hot water; remove from pan when done and set aside in large bowl.
Using same pan, spray with cooking spray or spread oil to coat pan. Add chicken, mushroom and garlic powder. Saute until chicken is no longer pink.
In large bowl with rice mixture, add the chicken mixture, sour cream, pepper and soup; mix well.
Spread in greased 9×13 pan.
Mix crackers and butter; stir well. Sprinkle on top of chicken mixture.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Recipe from Tried & True – Real Recipes from Real Moms
Steakhouse Wheat Bread
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 cup bread flour (plus more after checking bread machine)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Place the warm water, butter, honey, salt, coffee, cocoa, sugar, bread flour, whole wheat flour, and bread machine yeast in the pan of a bread machine in the order listed. Put on regular or basic cycle with light crust. Check machine after 3 minutes and add more flour, if necessary.
Recipe from allrecipes.com