Thursday, April 25, 2013

Country Crock Stars

Casseroles are at the top of my list of comfort foods. There is something about the creamy warmth of familiar ingredients that just makes me feel good. Casseroles feel like home!

While there are hundreds if not thousands of casserole recipes out there in the world, you don't really need a recipe - just a little imagination. Just look around your kitchen and see what ingredients you have available to you. Now is the time to be innovative. Do you have some leftover chicken in the refrigerator? Do you have some ground beef in the freezer or a can of tuna in the pantry? Those will all work perfectly in your casserole. Start with cooked meat or canned meat and throw in some prepared rice or pasta, seasonings, and veggies. Make a homemade white or cheese sauce to bind the ingredients. Or, if you're a fan of cream soups, use a can of two or that. Sprinkle on some bread crumbs drizzled with melted Country Crock, and you're on your way to a hearty meal that will satisfy your family.

Shedd's Spread Country Crock is a staple in my refrigerator. I used it as the starting point to create a recipe especially for this post.

Crumb-Topped Chicken Casserole

Crumb-Topped Chicken Casserole

1 cup diced onions
3 tbsp. Country Crock, divided
1/4 tsp. pepper*
1/2 tsp. salt*
1 tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1 cup bread crumbs (I used fresh bread crumbs - two slices of white bread ground up in the mini chopper produced one cup of bread crumbs.)

In a medium skillet over medium heat, saute the onions in 1 tbsp. Country Crock until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the seasonings. Add the flour and cook for about two minutes. Add the chicken broth and cook until the mixture starts to thicken, about six to eight minutes. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Add the onion mixture and stir to combine. Place the mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Melt the remaining 2 tbsp. of Country Crock and drizzle over the top of the bread crumbs. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 25-30 minutes. Serves 2.

*The amount of seasonings will depend on the chicken. If you're using a seasoned rotisserie chicken, you'll want to adjust the seasonings.

Calling All Country Crock Stars:

Do you love casseroles? Would you like to win $5,000 and a trip to New York City or possibly some cookware? Then click here to visit Country Crock's Facebook page for more details. It's simple to enter the contest. Just share a photo of yourself with your favorite casserole and tell how (in less than 100 words) how you show creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen. Good luck!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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