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Casserole class: DIY quick, easy, delicious

18 Jan Your mini-casserole is ready to eat once the cheese melts.

It all started with one of the biggest sweet potatoes I’ve ever seen (sadly, no picture). I knew I wanted to something special with this oversized tuber. It deserved it.

I decided a few things: It would be mashed; it would partner with poached chicken, and it may or may not involve cheese.

This is what happened next:

  • Step 1: I poached two large chicken thighs in the microwave for about 30 mins. Then cut it into small pieces.
  • Step 2: I cut up the potato leaving the skin on, and boiled it in the water I used to poach the chicken – an environmentally good thing, and more flavor to the potato.
  • Step 3: I mashed the potato, chopped up some sweet onion, put the raw onion into the steaming mashed potato where it cooked from the heat which tamed its flavor but kept its crunch.
  • Step 4/ASSEMBLY: I ladled a layer of the chicken on a plate, smothered it with the mashed sweet potato, sprinkled with a little salt and shredded cheese. And voila: A single-serve, DIY mini casserole, made to order per serving!
The beginning of a DIY casserole

The layering begins. First chicken, then mashed sweet potatoes.

Next comes the cheese to cover the chicken and mashed sweet potatoes. A mini-casserole is born!

Next comes the cheese. And voila. A mini casserole is born!

Your mini-casserole is ready to eat once the cheese melts.

Heat and eat!

The potato was so big, it made several meals for a few people, and each subsequent meal took about 1-2 minutes assembly time with 1 minute to heat in the microwave. Anti-microwave? Then, about 5 minutes in a hot oven or skillet.

BONUS: Because it’s made per person per meal, it’s super flexible – cheese/no cheese; add hot sauce or top with yogurt or sour cream. Add steamed spinach. Go crazy! Let us know what you’d include in your DIY casserole. And enjoy. 🙂





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