Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Bean Casserole
Project Name:Cheesy Chicken Casserole without Chicken .... Or an oven.
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Brief Description: When AnnoyingBigSister was a brand new AnnoyingOnlyChild I bought a can of spaghetti sauce with a recipe for a Chicken casserole printed in the label. That recipe was magnetted to my fridge for many years, but was lost in a move.
Today we have been down, working on the cabin, so dinner had to be made on the wood stove on the porch, which I am still very new at. I lined the Dutch oven with tin foil so I didn't have to deal with trying to clean up cheese and, dug through the box of groceries.
First I emptied a box of whole wheat elbow macaroni into the Dutch oven. There was just over 3 cups. There was no chicken, but there was a big, family sized can of Wolf Brand Chili. Okay, there's our meat. I poured it and a can of water into the pot over the macaroni. I had just put 5 more sticks of wood on the fire, in the 3" across range, 10 minutes before so when I put the Dutch oven, with lid on, on the wood stove it started bubbling pretty quick. Too quick.
I set the timer for 30 minutes but after only 10 I had to put the Dutch oven on a trivet to turn down the heat. I spent the next 20 minutes adding water and stirring. When it looked like the macaroni was almost done I cracked the lid to let the excess water steam out. When the liquid/food ratio was correct I added a thick layer of shredded cheese and put the lid back on. It took a very short time, surprisingly so, for the cheese to melt. It was done in about 8 minutes. The casserole is a FAR cry from the one that was stuck to my fridge for so many years, but the wheat pasta was filing, the chili and cheese was tasty, and there was left overs for breakfast. It wasn't as easy as throwing it all in a glass casserole dish in an oven but it worked. And it was FUN to cook from what I had on hand.
Plus I got to pull the "I worked hard over a hot stove for this dinner" line. My face was soot tinged and everything. Lol. I'll get better at wood stove cooking eventually.
1 wood stove with roaring fire
2 cast iron trivets
1 cast iron dutch oven with lid
1 well insulated hot mitt
1 wooden spoon
1 13.25oz box of Great Value Whole Wheat Elbow macaroni (or approximate equivalent)
1 24oz family size can of Wolf Brand Chili (or approximate equivalent)
Shredded Cheese (amount varies by size of your dutch oven)
1. Place water filled kettle on wood stove.
2. Line dutch oven with tin foil.
3. Empty box of elbow macaroni into dutch oven.
4. Empty can of chili into dutch oven.
5. Fill empty chili can with water and pour into dutch oven over the chili. Do not disturb the macaroni.
6. Using wooden spoon, gently mix the chili and water, being careful not to disturb the macaroni. Spread chili/water mixture evenly over the macaroni.
7. Place dutch oven lid on dutch oven.
8. Place dutch oven on wood stove.
9. When your water begins to rolling boil, panic and add trivet under your dutch oven. Do not remove your dutch oven from the wood stove.
10. As your dutch oven runs out of water, replace it by adding water to your dutch oven, from your kettle. Adding hot water allows the macaroni to continue cooking without pause.
11. Stir water throughout macaroni to prevent the macaroni from drying out and sticking to the bottom of your dutch oven.
12. Continue watching and adding water as needed until your macaroni is almost done.
13. Lay your dutch oven lid in such a manner that the lid "is cracked" allowing excess water to escape by means of steam.
14. When the continents of your dutch oven resembles a casserole and not soup, remove the dutch oven lid and add handfuls of shredded cheese to the top of your macaroni until you have accomplished an even layer of shredded cheese. *Alternatively it is possible to substitute cheese slices for the same effect*
15. Allow cheese to melt to your individual satisfaction.
16. Take off wood stove. Be sure to place dutch oven on COOL trivet to avoid burning your table surface.
I am confident that even a novice cook could replicate this amazing, adventurous, filling, delicious meal, providing they follow the recipe to the letter, and use the equipment listed.