Chicken Pie for a Crowd
This time of year, I am often asked for larger casseroles that will feed a crowd. Now, “You have a larger size and can eat it too!” Here’s how.
Just yesterday, Jeff and I had a spur of the moment invitation to a dinner party where I needed to take a dish. It was late afternoon and no time to go to the grocery. Never fear cause lucky for me, I always have a back up of No Time 2 Cook in my home freezer. When something comes up like this, I usually take Crab and Mushroom Penne or Chicken and Dumplings because they are microwaveable or heated on a stove top. I can heat these from frozen, transfer to a casserole and I’m ready to go out the door. Not so yesterday, as I had only 1 Dumpling and 1 Penne. I did, however, have 2 Chicken Pies. Time to restock the freezer!
I wanted to take a large dish in one of my pretty casseroles for the table and two Chicken Pies side by side in a casserole that need to be baked from frozen presented a problem.
So, I had an idea. I placed the above casserole in a warm oven (170 degrees). In an hour, the pies were slightly thawed but still icy. I could then break them apart with a spoon to fill up the empty cavities of the casserole dish. Then, I took a knife and spread the thawed topping across the entire casserole. Wa lah!! You’d never know I started with 2 pies.
All I had to do then was bake and garnish with a little parsley.
Beautiful, delicious, and tastes just like homemade! That’s because the ingredients are the same as the recipe that came out of my little recipe box when I made my first Chicken Pies for The Belhaven Farmer’s Market in Jackson, MS. Wow! I wonder how many Chicken Pies I have made since that market 10 years ago.
So here’s my No Time 2 Cook tip of the day– Always! Always! Always! Keep several No Time 2 Cook entrees in your freezer for emergencies. Preferably, at least 2 of one kind when you need a large casserole to take to church, a party, a sick friend, a new mama, or as a bereavement dish. Your friends will think you spent half a day in the kitchen. You can keep the secret, but I would love for you to tell them it’s from No Time 2 Cook.
Of course, our regular size casseroles are perfect to share and to have for supper when you have no time to cook. They’ll give you easy, quick, wholesome meals and feed a family of 4 when served with several side dishes.
Enjoy and let me know how your’s turn out!!
Send me a picture of one of your large No Time 2 Cook casseroles at karen@notime2cook and I’ll post on our Facebook page.
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