Baked Parmesan Chicken Casserole – Delishar

 I saw a video on this dish somewhere… I’m not sure if it was online or on TV. This is one of the first western dish I made for my hubby. A super simple, short cut method for making the traditional Parmesan chicken. Honestly, this is an awesome casserole for beginner/new cook to make. It’s so simple, and so straight forward, you can hardly screw it up.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

  • 1/4 cup chopped basil 
  • 1 bottle pasta sauce
  • 350g chicken tenders
  • 1 pack of Italian Seasoned Croutons
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crush red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 180C.
Spread EVOO, garlic, red pepper, and chopped basil on the base.

Lay out the chicken tenders evenly, then season with a little salt and pepper.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese.

Pour pasta sauce on top to cover chicken.

Top with croutons.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake for about 25 – 30mins or until chicken is done, and cheese slightly browned.

Allow to cool for 10 mins before cutting into it.
Serve with side salad.

Bon appetit!!

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3 Cheese Loaded Mac & Cheese Casserole – Delishar

I don’t think there is a need to introduce Mac & Cheese do I? An easy, filling, and popular meal worldwide that is great for parties, and a hit with the kids (and adults too). But believe it or not, this is actually the first time I’ve ever made, and ate mac and cheese. In my honest opinion, I liked it better before it was baked. I found that baking it made it drier, but maybe that’s just a personal preference.

Recipe adapted from: Martha’s mac and cheese
Ingredients (Serves 12)

  • 500g macaroni, cooked in salted water till al dente
  • 8 slices of bacon, baked and crumbled
  • 5 1/2 cups milk (i used 2%)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups white cheddar, shredded
  • 2 cups red cheddar, shredded
  • 2 cups swiss cheese, shredded

Method

Preheat oven to 190C

Get the bacon and cooked macaroni ready.

Mix all the cheese in a big mixing bowl, then reserve 1 1/2 cups for topping later.

Heat milk.

Melt butter over med heat, when bubbling stir in flour cook for a min, stirring frequently.

Slowly whisk in heated milk, until sauce thickened (about 10 mins). Whisk constantly…

Remove from heat, stir in nutmeg, black pepper, season with salt to taste.

Stir in the remaining 4 1/2 cups of mixed cheese.

Then mix in the macaroni and bacon.

Transfer to casserole.

Top with the reserved 1 1/2 cups of cheese.

Bake until cheese starts to turn golden brown. About 25-30 mins.

Serve.

Bon appetit!!

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Sausage, Eggs, & Hash Breakfast Casserole – Delishar

Weekend breakfast is always something to look forward to. It’s kind of a weekly mini-date for the husband and I, where we get to sit down with or without the kids, have our morning coffee, and catch up with each other. We usually walk over to the cafe or hawker across the street for our weekend breakfast, but at times we get really sick of the greasy hawker food or overly priced cafe food.

That Saturday was that one day I knew the husband would be happy, if I made breakfast at home because he was busy watching his Packers play football. I knew he felt somewhat obligated to go have breakfast with me, but at the same time he would like to stay home to watch his team play. So I raided the fridge and came up with a casserole dish with whatever I can find. It was an easy casserole dish with very simple prep work. The oven did most of the work while I played with the kids, and got myself ready for the day. The casserole can be prepared the night before and kept in the fridge until ready to bake. Great for a busy festive morning breakfast or family brunch!

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Ingredients (Serves 4) adapted from myrecipe.com

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 frozen hash browns
  • 1/2 cup mixed cheeses, mozzarella & cheddar
  • 1 package of Spicy Italian Sausage from Cold Storage, about 350g
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/8 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 180C
Remove the meat from the sausage casing by slitting it with a knife.
Brown the meat in a skillet on med high heat without any oil.
Drain and set aside.

Lay the frozen has browns on the bottom of you 6×8 baking dish.

Then layer the cheese.

Then the red pepper, onions, and browned sausages.

Whisk together eggs, milk, parsley, garlic powder, salt & pepper.
Pour over the top of sausages.

Bake in preheated oven for 35-45mins or until eggs are set.
Allow to cool for 5-10 mins before cutting into it.
Bon appetit!!

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Sloppy Joe Macaroni Casserole – Delishar

Sunday is usually the busiest day of the week for us. Our help goes for her well deserved day off, and we get  the house to ourselves, and lovely time to bond with the kids. It can also be pretty trying for me, as I then have to assume the role of the housekeeper. That would mean cleaning up, picking up toys, crumbs all over the house, cooking, washing up again, making sure everybody is fed, and at the same time caring for the kids. The husband is wonderful with the kids, but he also makes a mess of the house & kitchen with the many unwashed plates, 7 drinking glasses, 5 towels, 10 pairs of shorts, and 10 t-shirts a day. Honey, if you are reading this, I still love you! 😉 A wife have got to vent sometimes, right? Anyway, there are some Sundays, the neighbours in our estate get together for the kids to have a little play-date while the adults eat, drink, and be merry. It’s always a really fun time for both the adults and children. We each bring one or two dishes to share, and the other mummies are really really good cooks, so it’s always a feast! So this was what I made for that get together a couple of Sundays ago. Something simple, that didn’t require a lot of prep-work or cooking. Something that’s great to bring to a pot-luck party.

PS. If you prefer the usual Sloppy Joes, check out the recipe here: Sloppy Joes!

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  •  400g ground beef
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 15 oz
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups of macaroni
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cheddar & mozzarella mix (I like mine cheeeeeesy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method
Preheat oven to 200C
Add brown sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce together.
Cook your macaroni just shy of al dente in salted water.
Drain and set aside.
In a cold pan, add oil and beef, turn heat to med high.
Season beef with salt and pepper.
When beef is browned, add garlic, onion, pepper, and celery.
Saute for 5 mins, then add tomato sauce mixture and beef broth.
Allow sauce to simmer until thickened. But make sure there is still sauce, we don’t want a dry baked casserole do we? 🙂
Remove from heat.
Add in the cooked macaroni, toss well.
Transfer to baking dish, and top with cheese.
Bake till cheese is melted and slightly browned (about 15mins).

Allow to cool for 5-10 mins before serving.
Bon appetit!!

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