The day of the party arrived and I cooked three different varieties of the Seasoned Select stuffed chicken breasts. I knew that I wanted my menu to reflect the flavours of fall, and I chose the Southern comfort sweet potato casserole from Allrecipes.com that I had previously tried.
I also made my families Broccoli Cheese Casserole. My momma has been making this casserole for as long as I can remember, and it's always been a favourite of mine. It's one of the very few recipes that I've never made any changes to due to its simple goodness - it's also one of the few recipes where the salt & pepper are the right seasonings. I've been able to convert broccoli haters into broccoli lovers with this casserole. It's always a Thanksgiving staple at my parents house, and my relatives always ask my momma to bring it for family get togethers also.
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
10 ounces frozen, chopped broccoli - thawed
16 ounces cottage cheese
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
salt & pepper to taste
In a bowl, mix the above ingredients together making sure the eggs get well incorporated. Grease a 8"x8" casserole dish. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. This is almost "quiche" like - and it would be low carb friendly for those who are watching their carb intake. If you try this recipe, please leave me feedback w/ your thoughts.
I also made a Tri-color orzo salad to go with the main meal. I chose to use romaine lettuce as opposed to the arugula, and feta cheese as opposed to the ricotta salata.
Even tho this was a fall themed meal, I also wanted to incorporate a bit of Halloween into the party. I chose to make a black punch that I would effectively call Black Zombie Witch brew.
To make this punch you will need the following:
1 packet orange koolaid
1 packet grape koolaid
12 cups (3 quarts) water
2 cups sugar
2 litre bottle of Sprite
4 ounces Chambord Liqueur (to your preference)
4 ounces Passionfruit Rum (to your preference)
1 container Lime Sherbet
* Frozen hand
Dissolve sugar into water, add the koolaid packets. Chill in fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight. Chill Sprite in fridge. To assemble: Pour koolaid mixture into a punch bowl, add the Sprite, and alcohol. Add the sherbet by scoopfuls into the punch bowl. Float the frozen hand on top.
1 sterile non-latex, non-powdered glove
16 ounces Sprite
2 ounce Grenadine
Rinse glove. Add the Sprite and grenadine. Try to remove as much air bubbles as possible, twist glove at the top opening, Secure w/ a rubberband - freeze overnight. To remove from glove quickly rinse under warm water to loosen (OR) alternatively, use a sharp knife and cut the glove away.
For dessert I made a Pumpkin cake roll w/ cream cheese filling I had never made a rolled cake before and was concerned about messing it up. This recipe came through w/ flying colours and it was both quick, and easy to prepare.
During the fall season, nothing is better than the company of good friends. The night was a success and I turned into a "Barber believer" I never imagined a frozen food product would turn out this delicious, tender and tasty!
Thank you to my guests for making the evening a success - you are wonderful friends and I treasure your friendship!