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Comfort Food: Oven Cheese Fondue
Comfort Food
I found this recipe in the cooking community, posted by everyfishy. Re-posted here to keep, with her permission.

For me, comfort food is something i crave at the end of a long, usually cold day when I say 'to heck with healthy" and dive for the cream and cheese. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (yeah, the gross orange stuff) is a favorite, but so is this sinfully good casserole, best made ahead of time:

Oven Cheese Fondue
10 slices good quality crusty bread
6 eggs
1 c. dry Riesling
2 c. cream
2 T. minced parsley
1 t. dry mustard
2 c. gruyere, grated
1 t. salt
3 T. onion, minced

Heat oven to 325. cut bread into cubes. Beat together eggs, wine, cream, and seasonings. Stir in bread, cheese, onion, and meat. Pour into ungreased 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 1 1/2 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, one hour. this is best if it sits overnight or at least all day, covered in the fridge. If you do this, don't use a glass pan as it will break going form the cold fridge to a hot oven.

When questioned about the meat, she answered that she seldom adds meat, but that her mom used diced chicken or ham sometimes. From the look of the recipe, I'd add one to two cups of meat if desired.

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Hey- the post I offered the chicken divan recipe on was deleted, apparently, so I thought I'd pop over here and give it to you, in case you still wanted it. Just copy/pasting.

1 big can fat free cream of chicken (not because it is fat free... the flavor just works better for this)
1 dallop of mayo (see? not terribly fat free there)
a squirt of lemon juice
as much or as little curry powder as you like

I mix the above sauce, taste, and then tinker. Adding more lemon and curry as needed. I like it heavy on both of those.

Tear up 3-4 steamed chicken breasts, and drop them into a casserole dish. I use a big rectangular one. Then, the florets only of either a bunch of broc or a bag of frozen- sprinkle over chicken. Pour the sauce over these. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar- the friend that taught me swears I use too much, but she eats more of my version than hers. ;) Butter 6-8 slices of bread, both sides, and then cube it. Very messy. Sprinkle that over the cheese. Bake till bubbly at 375- maybe 20-30 minutes.

I serve it over rice, but she eats it plain out of the pan. Amazingly yummy.

"...Stir in bread, cheese, onion, and meat."


Dear, it sounds good just a bit confusing.

Re: "...Stir in bread, cheese, onion, and meat."

Did you read my comments at the end? In recipes of this sort, the meat would be leftovers, canned, or other varieties of pre-cooked.

I think it would be especially yummy with diced, smoked sausage.

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