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       Title: Basic Leftover Casserole:
  Categories: Polkadot, Faylen, Casseroles
       Yield: 1 Servings
  
       3 c  Cooked pasta OR
            -rice
       2 c  Leftover cooked chicken OR
            -turkey OR
            -beef
       2 c  Frozen vegetables (your
            -choice)
            -Add-ins -
       1    Chopped onion
       1    -3 minced cloves garlic
            -frozen pearl onions
            -minced shallots
            -sliced leeks (1 bunch)
            -(any of these will add a
            -sharper taste to the
            -casserole.  Use them all
            -you want!)
            -Sauce:
       2 tb Butter
       2 tb Flour
       2 c  Milk OR
       1 c  Milk AND
       1    -2 c sharp grated cheese
            -salt and pepper to taste
            -Nutmeg, for cheese sauce
            -curry powder, if you add
            -sherry,
            -white wine, or vermouth,
            -no more than 1/4 c.
            -Other optional
            -seasonings:
            -Italian Seasoning
            -Cajun Seasoning
  
   Take the pasta or rice, the meat, and the veggies, and dump them into
   a 9x9 baking dish.  Make the sauce by melting the butter in a medium
   saucepan over low heat. If you want to saute the onions or garlic or
   whatever add-in you're using, use one more Tbsp butter. Add the flour
   and stir until completely mixed into a thick paste. Add the milk and
   slowly bring to a boil.  Lower heat and cook just until thick.
   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the sauce from the heat.  Add
   cheese if making a cheese sauce.  Stir until melted.  Add desired
   seasonings to taste.  Pour over top of casserole mixture and stir
   gently until mixed well. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Let stand
   about 10 minutes before serving. This is a great way to use up
   leftovers, and it’s different every time you make it because you
   improvise. Very easy, too, and it freezes well as long as you're not
   using a very hard cheese (hard cheeses will separate and the oil will
   float to the top. Use a breadcrumb topping if you've got a craving
   for Jarlsberg or Gruyere or Parmesan.)
   
   * The Polka Dot Palace BBS  1-201-822-3627  Posted by FAYLEN
  
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