Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's Time to PARTY!

Masquerade...paper faces on parade...masquerade (sing along if you've ever seen phantom of the opera.) That's our party tonight; a masquerade ball. We've got lots of masked people running around including princes, princesses, dukes, a phantom and a court jester. The kids make masks, eat a humongous feast, watch skits put on by all the characters, then dance out in a field under white tents lined with white lights. It's so fun and so pretty. For the kitchen it means, lots of carrots, potatoes, whole wheat rolls, apple turnovers and 16 ginormous "medieval times" style TURKEYS! And guess what? None of it is going in the strata. However a great way we've found to reuse the leftover turkey is to put it in our King Ranch Casserole tomorrow night!

1 doz corn tortillas
Chicken stock
1 large chicken or TURKEY stewed, boned and cut in bites
1 large green pepper, chopped 1 large onion, chopped
2-4 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 lb. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp. chili powder
Garlic powder to taste
Salt to taste
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes

Soak tortillas in boiling chicken stock; place in bottom of 3 quart casserole. Top with chicken pieces. Saute green pepper and onion in oil until tender and layer over chicken. Add grated cheese to casserole, sprinkle chili powder, garlic powder and salt; spoon on undiluted soups and top with Rotel sauce. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or freeze, thaw and bake.

And yes we make this also in a much bigger quantity. 8-10 18"x25" pans!
On a side note, my parents are in town visiting so I'll be out of the kitchen for the next two days! Hopefully Cassie Jo will be back in blogging action soon and you can hear from her. -Les

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