Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cooking Dinner For the Hubs . . .

 Valentines Eve
Mr Garden House
treated me for dinner
in a beautiful setting in the woods,
The Arboreal Inn

So I decided
last night
it was my turn to treat
and I cooked him up
a new recipe. 
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 Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

6 cups bite size broccoli florets
2 cups bite sized cooked chicken
1 red pepper diced
5 T butter - divided
3 T flour
1&1/2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1/2 t kosher salt
1/8 t pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs

Directions:Preheat oven 425 and coat with cooking spray 9x13 baking dish.
Steam or boil broccoli 3 minutes - arrange in dish and top with chicken and red pepper.

In medium saucepan, melt 3T butter, add flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  Add milk and broth, whisking constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook 2 minutes, stir in nutmeg, salt, pepper and cheese. 
Pour over chicken.

In pan, melt 2T butter and breadcrumbs,
sprinkle over chicken and bake 20-25 minutes.

broccoli, chicken and peppers before the sauce and topping

Mr IGH and I thought it needed a bit more spice.
I used a rotisserie chicken and next time instead,
I will bake chicken breasts with spices I usually use for chicken.
I think I will also add some sauteed onions.
Instead of the breadcrumbs I am going to use a crunchy
cornflakes and slivered almond topping.
We like crunchy and
I have trouble following recipes.
I wonder . . .
is that why baking isn't my forte'


TexWisGirl said...

i'm laughing as you've already redesigned the whole thing. almost. :)

eileeninmd said...

It looks yummy and I love your tulips! I think your revised recipe sounds yummy. I love chicken and broccoli. Thanks for sharing, hope you are having a great weekend!

Heather said...

Very interesting switch outs :) Love the tulips, such a pretty colour! Cheers~

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lynne, that's a fabulous montage; well done! Happy V Day.

MarmePurl said...

it's called 'creativity'!!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It does look good....might have to give it a try. Lovely tulips such a soft pretty pink.


Pamela Gordon said...

Pretty tulips Lynne. I always like to use BBQ chicken for my recipes as they are do moist and have some flavour too but I also add some other things for flavour like garlic and onion. The recipe sounds relish!

GardenofDaisies said...

This looks really good. We like a bit of spice too, so when I try it, I'll add a little extra something. I wonder if it would help to used the Italian breadcrumbs instead of the regular ones?

Elaine said...

The tulips are wonderful - I love the graceful way they drape themselves. I'm laughing, I am like that with recipes, I have to tweak and adjust them.

Nancy Claeys said...

Hey, all good cooks put a little of themselves in the recipe. :) Looks delicious!

Jojo said...

Lynne, like you I don't follow recipes too often but this looks perfect for a winters' night.

babs said...

Such a good wife! Looks yummy!

Missy George said...

I don't know Lynn, those cookies a couple of days ago looked pretty good..I like your substitution ideas..It sure looks good..

Riet said...

Your tulips are gorgeous and your dish sounds real nice

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Beautiful flowers, and the chicken sounds delish!