..... I had my Mother over for dinner last night.... she supplied the main course - her Quick'n'Easy chicken casserole - and I pitched in with freshly-boiled corn on the cob & my Southern-fried yellow squash.... it was simple, basic, easy, and extremely yummy....

.... a typical mealtime set-up, really.... we all sat around the table oohh'ing over Momma's casserole, and after each comment she would smile and quip right back with some lofty platitude regarding how wonderful the fried squash was.... hey, with some people, it's just hard to toss them a compliment.... instead of smiling and saying, "thanks", you end up jumping around in some extremely demure form of mental badmintonry.....

.. but all in all, it was a nice evening.... and I'm pretty sure that we managed to pull off missing her overt hints for an after dinner Scrabble match without raising suspicion....

.... anyway, her recipe is so easy - and she told it to me so many times last night - that I suppose I should share.... this is a recipe straight out of my childhood.... no frills, extremely quick to make, and as easy as pie.... hell, all you really need is a pot, a dish, and a can opener..... you just gotta love that.....

1 can of cream of celery soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of chicken broth
1 tablespoon of black pepper
2 large chicken breasts
1 box of Stove Top stuffing

.... basically you boil the chicken breasts until they are cooked through-and-through... once they've cooled, you pull them apart with your fingers so that they're nice and stringy and will get stuck between your teeth with an unearthly ease....

... once that's done, combine all of the soups, broth, and black pepper together in a casserole dish and stir up nicely.... once they're mixed well, spoon in your shredded chicken and stir again.... prepare your stuffing as per the little box, and spoon it over the soup/chicken mixture..... bake at 350 until heated through.... usually about 20-25 minutes....

.... it's good, ladies and gentlemen.... but with that much Campbell's soup, you will certainly meet your USDA recommended sodium allowance and THEN some.... so I don't recommend her recipe to anyone who has blood pressure or other ticker ailments.... since one or two portions would likely kill them stone dead by the time that they get around to asking someone to pass the rolls.... but hey, if you've got a ship-shape heart and a flair for the daring, I highly recommend it...... it really is easy and tasty.... and afterwards it'll make your stomach emit some of the strangest gurglings imaginable.... so it is a tasty AND entertaining dish....

.... I highly recommend it.... although feel free to leave the cream of celery soup in the cupboard if you wish..... I certainly would..... (personally, I lay the blame for the gurgling noises solely at the feet of the celery...)..

by Eric on April 27, 2008 | Bullshit (18) | TrackBack (0) | Recipe
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If there was such a thing as faux-Cream of Mushroom Soup, or some kind of Cream of Mushroom sans mushrooms, I would be all over this. It sounds otherwise extremely yummy.

Bullshitted by Erica on April 27, 2008 03:32 PM

... just substitute more cream of chicken, Erica.... it's all good.....

Bullshitted by Eric on April 27, 2008 03:36 PM

Just by reading this, I think I have surpassed my recommended sodium allowance!!

Bullshitted by DogsDontPurr on April 27, 2008 07:29 PM

.... trust me, ma'am...... most of my internal organs look like prunes right now.... but still, it WAS tasty....

Bullshitted by Eric on April 27, 2008 08:01 PM

Ha! I do have to admit, it does sound good. Remember how life was so much easier before those damned nutrition lables!?

Bullshitted by DogsDontPurr on April 27, 2008 08:15 PM

Hain't nothin' like momma's casseroles. Mine makes a pork chop/mushroom soup/bean sprouts...mmmm comfort food at its finest.

Bullshitted by Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper on April 27, 2008 09:51 PM

The god damn Great Salt Lake ain't got that much salt in it.

Bullshitted by bitterman on April 27, 2008 10:34 PM

Sounds hearty... and like something I was raised on. I guess all Tennessee mama's worked out of the same recipe book.

Where the hell you gettin' fresh yellow squash this time of year?

Bullshitted by Winston on April 28, 2008 06:01 AM

I've been making that same recipe from my hubby's mom for over a decade now.

I use the low soduim, low fat soups and the stuffing mix levels everything out so it's not so "salty" or "unhealthy". I don't notice a difference.

Bullshitted by Quality Weenie on April 28, 2008 11:18 AM

Dude... If you sainted mother reads this... she's gonna kick your Marine ass all the way back to last week.

.... trust me, ma'am...... most of my internal organs look like prunes right now.... but still, it WAS tasty....

Get your head out of your ass, and pass the roles hoss. I know I could enjoy that, hell, even if ol' sawbones told me I shouldn't.

I'll tell you what... If I quit doin' half the stuff sawbones told me to quit doin' I might as well crawl off somewhere and quit livin'...

Bullshitted by RedNeck on April 28, 2008 11:36 AM

I hate it when I spell rolls wrong...

Bullshitted by RedNeck on April 28, 2008 11:37 AM

Sounds yummy. So yummy, in fact, the casserole is in the oven at this very minute. I "tweaked" it a little, though, because of the sodium.

Bullshitted by Panmmy on April 28, 2008 12:35 PM

That sounds *so* good; thanks for posting the recipe, Eric!

Bullshitted by pam on April 28, 2008 01:03 PM

Oh, I forgot to do you make your "Southern fried yellow squash"?

Bullshitted by Pammy on April 28, 2008 01:31 PM

If it wasn't too darned hot to turn the stove on, I'd be making that for dinner tonight.
(I have no a/c).

Bullshitted by Maeve on April 28, 2008 02:40 PM

So maybe *that's* what I should have made this weekend... Mmmmmm sodium!

(btw - I have a cure for your chicken kickers issues posted at my place. With your culinary skills you will be a buffalo wing master in no time!)

Bullshitted by Richmond on April 28, 2008 03:35 PM

Mmmmm.... Yellow Squash... mmm.....

Bullshitted by El Capitan on April 29, 2008 05:24 PM

I am gonna have to try that, especially since QW vouched for doing it with the low sodium versions.


Bullshitted by P'cola Titan on April 29, 2008 09:04 PM