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September Stockpile: Chicken Tetrazzini

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This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series September Stockpile

September Stockpile Chicken TetrazziniI am so excited to share today’s stockpile recipe with you for one reason and one reason alone.   This lady on Maury Povich’s talk show a few years back believed that her man was cheating on her with her best friend.  Nothing new, right?  Well, she believed that the best friend’s sole seduction was, you guessed it: Chicken Tetrazzini.  She was so adamant about the reason he strayed that she said it over and over, creating much parody and silliness all over tv and the internet.  Sadly, Maury did not include the recipe for the infamous dish.

So, inspired by that woman to keep my man by whatever means necessary, I bring you a recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini that will hopefully be the siren song that brings my husband’s heart home at the end of the day.

chicken tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini (Makes 2 casseroles with 4 servings each)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. (12 oz) spaghetti
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 14 and 1/2 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 and 1/2 c. half-and-half
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 4 c. cooked chicken, cubed
  • 3 cans (4 oz.) mushrooms, drained
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

Procedure:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt butter.  Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth.  Gradually add the broth, half-and-half, and cream.  Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, and pimientos.  Drain spaghetti and add to the chicken mixture.  Toss to coat.
  4. Transfer to two greased 11 x 7-in. baking dishes.  Sprinkle with cheese.

To Freeze: Allow to cool completely, cover very tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

To Use from Frozen: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Cover and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes more or until heated through.  Stir before serving.

You can also cook one of the casseroles the day you do this and have it for dinner.  We did!  To complete the recipe without freezing: pre-heat oven to 350 F and bake for 20-25 minutes, unto heated through.  We enjoyed this dish and I am happy to have another one banked in the freezer!

Freezer Tip of the Day:  Make sure you label the items you put in the freezer with the name of the food, the date you put it in the freezer, and the instructions for thawing and re-heating.  You may also want to put an expiration date on there.  Many recipes have a limited shelf life even in the freezer.

 

And now without further ado, because I know you will love it:

Keep your men, ladies!  Make this dish!

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