‘A Little Help from My Friends’ Ham, Chicken and Potato Bake

++ If you wish, this casserole can be prepared using just chicken or ham.  It could also be prepared with a few cans of drained tuna !!

Ham, Chicken and Potato Bake’ comes together quickly thanks to the use of frozen hash brown potatoes. (I like Potatoes O’Brien hash browns because they already include red pepper and onion.)  Thaw the potatoes in your microwave, allow to drain – and they’re ready to go.  No cooking and no peeling!

After scattering the potatoes on the bottom of a 9′ x 13′ casserole dish, chunks of cooked chicken and ham are added, along with sweet red pepper, mushrooms and a touch of garlic.  A quickly-prepared sauce is poured over all, followed by a sprinkling of three-cheese mix (Parmesan, Romano and Asiago) and some sliced almonds.  Bake the casserole at 350F for about for 50 – 60 minutes and get ready for some Good Eaten’ !!

INGREDIENTS         Bake in 350F oven for 50 – 60 minutes

  • 1 pkg (28 oz) frozen Potatoes O’Brien – thawed  — OR —  1 pkg. (32 oz.) frozen cubed hash browns – thawed
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut into bite-sized pieces  ++ If you don’t happen to have cooked chicken, in a small covered skillet simmer 1 boneless chicken breast in 1/4 water or broth until fully cooked. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 2 cups ham, cut into bite-sized pieces = (10 oz) ham steak      ++  Most hams are now water-injected…. If the ham seems ‘drippy’ place between paper towels and squeeze out some of the moisture.
  • 1 small pkg. (10 oz.) cremini  (or button) mushrooms, sliced       ++ If there are any specs of dirt on the mushrooms, wipe with a paper towel.  Do NOT wash under running water.  Mushrooms are like little sponges!
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken or mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley     ++  Fresh parsley can be chopped, then frozen in a small storage bag.  Simply break off what you need !!
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • a bit of parsley – to sprinkle on top
  • paprika – to sprinkle on top for color

METHOD

Spread thawed Potatoes O’Brien evenly on the bottom of a 9′ x 13′ casserole.

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Add cooked chicken and ham pieces.

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Place 1 Tbs. butter in a large skillet and cook sliced mushrooms, stirring, until mushrooms wilt.  Remove mushrooms and set aside while you cook the 1/4 chopped onion and 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper.  Cook onion and pepper until softened.  Add 1 clove minced garlic.  Continue to cook a minute more, until garlic softens.

Spread cooked mushrooms, onion, red pepper and garlic over ham and chicken.

Sauce – –  In a medium-sized bowl mix 1 cup sour cream, 1 can condensed cream of chicken (or mushroom soup), 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled, 3/4 to 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley and  1 1/2 cups chicken broth until well blended.  Pour over ingredients already in casserole.

Sprinkle with 2/3 cup three-cheese-blend   ++ Or any mixture of Parmesan and other cheeses.  Add 1/2 cup sliced almonds and a bit more chopped fresh parsley.  Sprinkle with some paprika.

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Bake at 350F for 50 – 60 minutes – until sauce bubbles around edges of casserole.  Allow casserole to sit for 5 – 10 minutes and serve.  Enjoy!!

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Turkey Strata (Casserole) – Uses Left-Over Turkey and Stuffing

This is so delicious – and so easy  !!  (My photos do NOT do it justice.)

While working on this post, I’m enjoying a good-sized portion of this delicious Turkey Strata! I gotta say – it’s yummy!! Since the Turkey Strata can already be in the oven when your guests arrive, you’ll have time to clean up your kitchen and meet them with a smile and a glass of wine! The “clean kitchen” part would be exceptional for me… my kitchen is usually a disaster when my company arrives. But they’re used to it… and the meal is always good !

Oven at 350 F      Bake for 30 minutes      Serves 4 – 5 people     

Ingredients & Method

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3/4 cups sliced onions
  • 3 – 4 heaping cups baby spinach leaves  (Feel free to add more spinach !)
  • 1/2 can mushroom soup
  • 1 packet turkey gravy – (I like McCormick)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning – (I like Bell’s)
  • 3 cups left-over stuffing – or prepare a packaged stuffing – (I like Stovetop Turkey)
  • 3 cups cooked chicken/turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/8 cup Italian-flavored breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • paprika

In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, cook the sliced onions in the olive oil for 2 minutes. Add baby spinach and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside. In a medium-sized saucepan, over medium-high heat, mix the 1/2 can of mushroom soup, the packet of turkey gravy, milk, water, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper. Whisk – or stir – until mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat and, still whisking, cook for a minute. Add the bite-sized chicken/turkey to the sauce mixture.

To assemble the Turkey Strata, use a 9′ x 9″ pan or a medium-sized casserole and begin by making a layer of HALF of the stuffing. Spoon HALF the turkey/sauce mixture on top of the stuffing. Now, make a layer of the onion/spinach mixture. (There is only one layer of the onion/spinach mixture.)

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Make your final layer of stuffing, and spoon the second – and final layer – of the sauce/turkey mixture on top of the stuffing.

Sprinkle with 1/8 cup bread crumbs and 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan. For color, sprinkle on some paprika. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. The crumb topping should be slightly browned around the edges and the filling should be bubbling!       Enjoy !!

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