Saturday, November 17, 2012

Have I mentioned I love a cassarole?

Good lord, our eating has been so good in the past 12 hours. I am sure I gained a pound or two, but the dinner I made last night and the breakfast I made (last night and) this morning were amazing! Neither required a lot of effort either. I like to cook a good dinner on the Friday nights that my step-son comes to stay with us. As well I like to make a really nice breakfast for him and his daddy. My preference is to strike a balance between delicious and low maintenance. Especially when it comes to making dinner after working all day.

Last night I made BBQ Chicken Cornbread Bake . When I looked at the picture I was skeptical. Things didn't seem all that appetizing but the ingredient list made me take pause.

I ran the recipe by my husband and he said it looked good, so I went with it. (He is somewhat picky about food so I use him as a barometer when I decide what to cook.) The hardest part of this recipe is deboning the chicken. (which isn't really that hard.) I ended up using all the meat from a regular sized rotisserie chicken. The recipe calls for three cups but I didn't feel like dirtying up another measuring device so I threw caution to the wind. Another little tip I would give you: a small (8 ounce) container of sour cream is exactly one cup. Why waste a perfectly clean measuring cup?

Personally, I was blown away by how tasty this turned out. It was very easy to make, didn't take a lot of time and I really love a dish that requires one pan. I also love corn bread and BBQ so I guess this was destined to be a success once I got past the looks of it.

While the BBQ Chicken Cornbread Bake was baking I started in on Overnight Blueberry French Toast

I did not have day old bread so I tried to fake stale bread by leaving the 12 pieces the recipe calls for out in the open for a few hours. It still didn't seem very stale but I forged on. I also had to tweak this recipe. If I had purchased the amount of blueberries this recipe calls for, I would have spent $15 on blueberries. Instead I spent $5.99 on blackberries. I love blueberries, but they must be out of season to cost five dollars for six ounces. Either that or the grocery store wants to rob me. I really liked that most of the work required for this breakfast dish is done the night before. The preparation is not difficult but the results were fantastic. When you are on the final step of boiling the cornstarch, sugar and water please make sure you stir constantly and also be careful. If this boils too violently some of this mixture can splash up on you and it will burn. I would advise that you take this step on medium-high.

This dish is yummy! I think the cream cheese helps to balance out the sweetness. This is a great breakfast for entertaining. I am hoping it will be just as delicious warmed up tomorrow because we have plenty left over. I am also looking forward to the leftovers from the BBQ Chicken Cornbread Bake. Both recipes were easy the first go round, but considering I have enough of both to hold me over for two more meals is icing on the cake! I think if you decide to make these, you will be pleased with the results. I did not take a picture of dinner (because, again, it ain't pretty.), but just look at all the ooey, gooey goodness of our breakfast. Try not to drool.


Natasha said...

Those both sound yummy! I love trying new recipes. :)

Tiffany F. Hayes said...

They were! I love trying new recipes too, especially if they turn out well.

Cyxx said...

Tiffany! You may not remember me, but I used to blog under the name Starstuff. I'm so happy to hear that you're happy and doing well! And married! OMG, congrats!

I love Pintrest. I waste so much time on there. Good for you actually putting it to use.

Tiffany F. Hayes said...

It is so good to here from you. Thanks for stopping bye! I feel like a slacker because I haven't posted in a bit due to the holidays.