Chicken Dorito Casserole

chickenDoritocasserole Oh, how low I have sunk since my Going MediterrAsian blog and all the fresh, healthy, Mediterranean or Asian dishes I was preparing.  I think the cold, dank winter has me craving warm, creamy, comfort food.  This was a very easy, very tasty casserole.  It hit the spot, but now I feel like I need to make a light fish dish this week to balance things out.

CHICKEN DORITO CASSEROLE

3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/4 cup diced green onions
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 can of corn, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese, divided
1 bag of nacho cheese Doritos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Cover bottom of pan with about 2/3 bag of crushed Doritos; set aside the rest of the chips.  Mix together 1 cup of cheese with remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour chicken mixture over the Doritos.  Top casserole with the remaining crushed Doritos and cheese.  Bake about 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Creamy Crab Mac & Cheese

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Total comfort food for a winter’s evening!  This dish was delicious except for one small problem; the recipe called for the addition of salt.  The cheese sauce had been perfect before I added the salt and afterward, too salty.  Whoops!  Next time I make this (it will probably be a “once a year” treat), I will skip the salt.  (The following recipe was adapted from here: Crab and Gnocchi Gratin.)

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. (a bit more) penne pasta (or favorite pasta)
1 lb. cooked crab meat
4 Tb. butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
1 pint half and half
5 oz. shredded Gruyère cheese
4 oz. shredded Havarti cheese
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

salt to taste

Directions:

Prepare pasta according to the package instructions.

Drain, add the crab meat and mix.

In sauce pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour followed by the garlic and lemon zest. Cook for another minute, then add the half and half and whisk until smooth.

Once the mixture is warm, add the cheeses. Stir to blend, then add nutmeg (and salt if using).  Once smooth, pour the cheese mixture over the crab and pasta.  Heat in microwave, or conventional oven (350 degrees for about 20 minutes), until hot.