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Field Meal Recipe Ideas

Field meals are something that has always been important to my family. My mom always made sure there was a hot meal taken out to the field, or if we were at a field close to home, a big warm meal would be on the table for a quick 15 minute break growing up. There was always roasts, biscuits, casseroles, warm sandwiches, homemade applesauce, and so many yummy desserts floating around during harvest season at our house. She never packed my dad a cold sandwich, because well, he hated them. My husband, isn’t quite that lucky. She always made sure he would have something hot while working long hours in the tractor. We also had a custom harvester growing up, and Charlie also always ate well at our house during those times too. My mom even likes to make sure now that the hubs has warm food if he is in the fields near her house. She also keeps candy corn (his favorite) stockpiled during the harvest season to run out to him! Lucky man!

Looking back now, these times either out in the field set up around a card table she would bring out, or around our kitchen table for a quick 15 minutes, are some of the best memories I have of harvest season. Food can easily bring a group of people together, and warm food during harvest season does just that. My mom always ensured there was a home cooked meal either ready or delivered.

I can’t always get a meal out to the field, but I try to at least once every week. I depend on a few key items in my arsenal to ensure it is warm when we have field that are 30 to 40 miles apart some times – a crockpot, heated seats, an insulated casserole carrier (I use this one from thirty-one), and plugins in my vehicle. I also keep a plethora of disposable coffee cups, containers, Ziploc baggies, tin pie plates, etc. on hand.

Most times, the meals looks like this...sandwiches, granola bars, chips, gatorade...

Most times, the meals looks like this…sandwiches, granola bars, chips, gatorade…you get the idea.

I’m going to link some of my favorite recipes that I take out to the field below. All of these have been approved by the hubs, so I keep them on a rotating basis during fall and spring. Some of these I don’t follow to a T, or I’ve adapted to be more crockpot friendly, etc. I don’t always measure spices, so use what you feel is appropriate. I go for easy. I go for warmth. I go for cheesy factor and if my non-veggie loving husband will eat it. I always keep refrigerated cans of biscuits or croissants on hand during this time to make with a lot of these.

Spices I always keep on hand to substitute the “real thing” – Onion Onion and Garlic Garlic from Tastefully Simple. These two almost always end up added to any dish in our household. I don’t typically keep actual onion on hand, because the hubs isn’t a big fan, but the onion onion seasoning gives me the flavoring I want in the dishes.

Crockpot Meals

  1. Cheesy Potato Crockpot Soup – This one is perfect for those chilly fall days. I will usually bake biscuits to go with it and bring along. I love the spicy kick the andouille sausage gives it, but use whatever meat you have.
  2. Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti – I don’t use cream of mushroom or mushrooms because I don’t like mushrooms. I use Cream of Chicken soup, and will often only do one can, and then add a package of cream cheese. I also use a can of diced tomatoes and chilies because I often won’t have them separate. I wait and cook my noodles right before heading to the field with this one. I then put them in the crockpot with the chicken so they aren’t soggy.
  3. Cream Cheese Chicken Chili – I don’t usually follow a recipe for chili unless I’m making this chicken chili. Otherwise ground beef, tomatoes, a few cans of beans, corn, garlic, cumin, chili powder, onion, paprika…it all gets thrown in the crock pot for a hearty chili. I will try to make garlic biscuits or corn bread with this one.
  4. Chicken Alfredo Tortellini – Super easy because it uses jarred Alfredo sauce and refrigerated tortellini! I will also use canned chicken with this because I always have it on hand.
  5. Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Pulled pork in the crockpot is so simple! I will either use Dr. Pepper or root beer with mine. I will also bring along the BBQ Sauce so those working can add as little or as much as they want to their sandwich.
  6. Cheesy Turkey Sandwiches – I put all of this in the crockpot as one. My mom will tell you to add a can of cheddar cheese soup, I just struggle with finding it in the store sometimes. And like I mentioned earlier, onion onion and garlic garlic go in too! I will often use turkey breast tenderloin or the fully-cooked oven roasted turkey breast from Jennie-O.
  7. Breakfast Scramble – we have chickens, so I am always trying to use up eggs. I am planning on taking this casserole out to the field for supper this year…so breakfast for supper anyone? I’ve made it a few times just for us, but it makes a lot. I will add chilies sometimes for spice, use ham, etc. to doctor it up.

Casseroles/Sandwiches

  1. Million Dollar Spaghetti – This baked spaghetti is always a crowd pleaser, and is one of my favorites.
  2. Doritos Taco Bake – This is one of my husband’s favorites because he loves Doritos. You can cook the crust before if you are worried about a mushy crust. I’ve never had an issue with it, but some people do.
  3. Funeral Sandwiches – You bake these in a 9×13 pan so they are nice and warm. My husband loves hot ham and cheese sandwiches, and the flavor in these is amazing. A warm sandwich makes up for the cold ones I usually send J
  4. Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole – I always say use whatever cheese you have on hand!
  5. Bacon and Cheese Muffins – I will usually make a batch or two of these for the weekend, so the hubs had something to take out in the mornings with him. These are simple, and could easily be used as a “grab-and-go” option for lunches or supper.

Desserts

  1. Pudding Cookies – they stay soft which makes them delicious! I like the cheesecake pudding cookies myself, but you can use any kind of pudding.
  2. Butterfinger puppy chow – my husband loves butterfingers, so I will usually make a batch of this for him to munch on.
  3. Chocolate lasagna – this is one they have to stop and eat, and isn’t made for taking in a tractor. I will bring it along with usually another meal that they truly have to stop for.
  4. Carmelitas – these are very rich bars, but another favorite in our household.
  5. Christmas Crack/Saltine Toffee – Whatever you want to call this, it is so simple to make and so delicious. I like that I can break it up and separate it into snack baggies so everyone gets some.
  6. Revel Bars – the hubs loves these bars and again, simple and they make a lot. Helpful when you have a lot of people to cook for!

Things I always bring out to the field when delivering meals:

  • Garbage bags
  • “farmer” napkins aka papertowels
  • Forks
  • Serving utensils
  • Wet ones

And some days, it’s pizza from the local Casey’s because lets face it, this lady runs out of hours in the day.

I hope all of you have a safe and blessed harvest season! May we all find a few fleeting moments of time together with our families during these busy times, even if it is 15 minutes around a card table and a crockpot.

-Sara

 

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CommonGround: Field to Fork Dinner

Common Ground. That is the goal of the CommonGround group…to find common ground around food and farming, and for everyone to walk away with a better understanding of farming and why farmers choose to farm the way they do.

This past week, I was able to be part of an amazing event – The first CommonGround Field to Fork Dinner held in Minnesota.

Field to Fork Dinner at Thallman Farms

Field to Fork Dinner at Thallman Farms

Planning for this event started many months ago with four of us working on the details, look and feel of the event, in preparation for a crowd that maybe was unfamiliar with agriculture, but eager to visit a farm, ask questions, and have a conversation about food.

Thallman’s have an absolutely gorgeous farm, and were so generous in hosting the event. It couldn’t have been more perfect…dining right next to the soybean field.

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We diligently planned things like signage, decorations, photographers, custom printed invitations…even down to what forks and style of plates we should use were discussed. Details were key in the Field to Fork dinner.

It was nice to meet consumers and just talk…what about food concerns them, what questions do they have, what are they passionate about? How can I help you as a farmer? What things do you enjoy doing? Even transportation in the cities versus rural areas was discussed at my table.

My friend Betsy from Jensen Farm and Seeds provided me with a large box with wheat, canola, dark red kidney beans, navy beans, barley, and pinto beans. She also provided us with some fun facts like this one about dark red kidney beans!

My friend Betsy from Jensen Farm and Seeds provided me with a large box with wheat, canola, dark red kidney beans, navy beans, barley, and pinto beans. She also provided us with some fun facts like this one about dark red kidney beans!

All of this conversation was accompanied by amazing food – with most ingredients grown in Minnesota. Caprese (which I think I’m going to now make with some fresh tomatoes from my garden), roasted sweet corn, a delicious vegetable medley and pork ribs. Dinner was complete with delicious pies including strawberry rhubarb, apple, and pecan to name a few. The pies were topped with the most amazing fresh whipped cream.

Sweet Cheeks Honey was given away as favors, which was a really awesome opportunity for me to talk about our bees and what we do on our farm. Martin County Magic Seasoning was also given as favors.

Sweet Cheeks Honey as favors

Sweet Cheeks Honey as favors

We finished off the night with a Q&A session from the crowd.  I was genuinely surprised by some of the questions, and intrigued as well. Sometimes I start to wonder if maybe we aren’t listening enough to our consumers. Many of those I talked to, just wanted to understand better what we did, or wanted to support local with their dollars, and they weren’t sure how to do that. Some of the questions were around regulations, the farm bill, and even technology.

The food was delicious and  beautifully prepared. The handcrafted tables came from Country Style Accents.  The weather proved to be perfect, even if it was a bit muggy while setting everything up. Lastly, the conversation and sharing what we do as farmers was so meaningful to everyone who attended.

My boss provided some of the wine grapes from his vineyard. He sells his grapes to Chankasa, a winery that was featured at our event.

My boss provided some of the wine grapes from his vineyard. He sells his grapes to Chankaska, a Minnesota winery that was featured at our event.

I am so grateful to be a part of this group of amazing women. This was my first major event with CommonGround, and I can’t wait for more. If you ever have questions about your food and farming, please reach out. If I can’t answer it, I will find someone who can…and the farm women of CommonGround have a wealth of knowledge to share. Join in the conversation.

The Women of CommonGround and the FFA Volunteers who assisted.

The Women of CommonGround and the FFA Volunteers who assisted.

-Sara

The 10 Best Things to Do at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair starts August 27th and runs through Labor Day. It is known as the largest state fair in the country with the most food choices! I can’t believe it is already here, as the MN State Fair is the last hurrah to summer!

I’m 25 years old, and I’ve been going to the fair for 26 years…or so the story goes in my family. My family has a long running history as part of the Great Minnesota Get Together, and I dearly miss working up there for the 12 best days of summer! I can remember when “corndogus eternus” was a phrase every Minnesotan was saying. After working there for 5 years, and attending for many more, I have compiled “The 10 Best Things to Do at the Minnesota State Fair!

1. Hawaiian Shaved Ice.  Walk a block or so down from the main gate (gate 5 on Snelling Ave & Dan Patch) and you will find a staple of the MN State Fair…Hawaiian Shaved Ice. This is a snow cone extraordinaire! It is usually the first thing I head for when I get to the fair. With over 20 flavors to choose from, including bubble gum and tropical (my favorite) you can’t leave without making a stop here! I am still waiting for the day they bring back wedding cake flavor. Yum!

Hawaiian Shaved Ice Stand at the MN State Fair!

Hawaiian Shaved Ice Stand at the MN State Fair! Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair

 

2. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Building. One of the best places to visit at the fair!  You can learn all about agriculture, talk with farmers, get recipes, and get yourself a FREE insulated lunch bag! It is a great time to get your questions about what happens on a farm answered. There are fun facts all about Minnesota agriculture throughout the building and a special space dedicated to pollinators this year! There is even an interactive Ag Cab Lab that kids can drive. There is both a combine and tractor that kids (and adults!) can hop in and plant and harvest a crop.

Stop by the Ag Cab Lab in the Minnesota Farm Bureau building!

Stop by the Ag Cab Lab in the Minnesota Farm Bureau building!

3. The Daily Parade! Every day at 2pm, a parade goes through the fairgrounds. It features a marching band competition, giant cows, crazy bicyclists and more. Fair goers can line the parade route, and watch. The marching band competition is a unique feature of the parade, and one you don’t want to miss. Bands have intricate marching formations, play fun music and often have everything from flag girls to baton twirlers. Don’t forget to wave at the Princess Kay of the Milky Way when the royalty float goes by!

Marching band competition during the MN State Fair parade. Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

Marching band competition during the MN State Fair parade. Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

4. The CHS Miracle of Birth Center. If you haven’t been, go. Witness the birth of piglets, calves, goats and sheep! You can get up close with baby chicks, bunnies and piglets. Typically, there are over 200 live births during the MN State Fair in the Miracle of Birth Center! It is a must stop to better understand farming and where food comes from.

5. Ye Old Mill. 2015 mark’s the 100th anniversary of the fair’s oldest attraction – the Ye Old Mill! We usually go for a spin on one of the wooden boats about every 3 years, but considering it is the 100th anniversary, we might have to go this year! You can catch a ride on a wooden boat through the dark tunnels for $3.25 per person.

Ye Old Mill celebrates 100 years this year! Photo courtesy of MN State Fair.

Ye Old Mill celebrates 100 years this year! Photo courtesy of MN State Fair.

6. Drink! If you love craft brews or wine tasting, the MN State Fair is the place for you! This year’s lineup includes some interesting new ones such as: S’mores beer, Minnesota Iceberg & Cherry Rhubarb Hard Cider! Provided that the MN State Fair has lots of greasy food to counteract the alcohol, I do suggest sharing some of these drinks with your friends or significant other, that way you have more room for food and sampling!

Last year, Mark tried the mini donut flavored beer!

Last year, Mark tried the mini donuts flavored beer!

7. Ball Park Cafe. If you aren’t stopping for the food & mini donuts beer (which you should), at least swing by to see the extraordinary red Zubaz that are part of the attire the employees wear! Let’s take a minute to talk about THE garlic fries. Please don’t worry about your  breath, they are worth it! The fries are all sorts of flavor delicious and a perfect crisp! They’ve also perfected the deep-fried rib, and have an impressive line-up of MN Beers.

Garlic fries from Ball Park Cafe, along with a Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

Garlic fries from Ball Park Cafe, along with a Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

8. The Leinie Lodge Bandshell. If you are looking for fantastic and free entertainment, the Leinie Lodge is the place to be. They have some awesome acts this year including the Willis Clan (I became a nerd about this show while home on maternity leave), Tonic Sol-Fa, The Wright Brothers and C. Willi Myles! A lot of times you can catch some of best up and coming acts here for free, and within the year they are on tour with someone. It also is a great place to relax in some of their lounge chairs or on the benches!

The Leinie Lodge Bandshell! Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

The Leinie Lodge Bandshell! Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

9. The Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. The coliseum is a must do for many reasons. There is excellent shopping underneath the coliseum. I am hoping that the Sloggers will be back this year as I need another pair, but there are fun clothing places, metal artists, jewelry and more. There are a ton of shows that you can attend for free at the coliseum including: horse performances, stock dog trials and dairy shows. The horse shows are usually pretty awesome. My favorite is the draft supreme six-horse hitch show! It is really something to see that many animals working in unison to move a wagon! There is always something going on, so stop in and sit awhile and enjoy a show!

A dairy show in the coliseum at the MN State Fair. Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

A dairy show in the coliseum at the MN State Fair. Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

10. The Giant Slide. You can’t leave the State Fair without taking a ride down the Giant Slide. It has been m favorite since I was a tiny tot and it is a must do for children and adults. I can’t wait for next year when Harper will be old enough to go on it! It only costs $2.50 per rider, so it won’t break the bank either. There is just something mystical about climbing up all those stairs and then speeding down on a gunny sack with the wind whipping your hair while smells of grilled corn on the cob and deep-fried cheese curds fill the air. So worth it.

The Giant Slide is a crowd favorite at the fair! Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

The Giant Slide is a crowd favorite at the fair! Photo courtesy of the MN State Fair.

 

I sincerely hope you make a visit to the MN State Fair as part of your end of summer plans. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! From art displays to everything on a stick to dog surgeries to high-flying trampoline acrobatics to milking a cow, there is something for everyone. I didn’t even touch on the shopping available at the Bazaar and Heritage Place or in the Grandstand. I didn’t talk about favorites like the education building where you can get weighed or walk away with a free tree to plant at your home! Hopefully this post helped you narrow down some of what you want to do at the Great Minnesota Get Together! We’re a fun bunch! :)

-Sara

Minnesota State Fair – Food, Felfies & Farming

The Minnesota State Fair is approaching quickly! It starts August 21st!

For anyone that knows me, I have not missed a Minnesota State Fair in my 24 years of life. I love going! I love seeing all the new attractions, people watching, visiting with my former co-workers and of course all of the food! I always stop for garlic fries from Ballpark Cafe and Hawaiian Shaved Ice! You can’t leave without some Sweet Martha’s Cookie’s either. There truly is something for everyone.

What better way to get your questions about food and farms answered while slurping a shaved ice or munching on a foot long hotdog? You can do just that while visiting the Minnesota Farm Bureau booth at the state fair! The booth is located at 1305 Underwood Street, directly across from the Food Building and behind the Giant Slide. You can’t miss the red barn looking building.

Garlic Fries and Hawaiian Shaved Ice are 2 musts on the food list if you haven't  had them yet!

Garlic Fries and Hawaiian Shaved Ice are 2 musts on the food list if you haven’t had them yet!

Farmers will be available to answer your questions about farming and food. I received a lot of questions about our family farm last year, and how we are ensuring it passes down to the next generation. Folks want to make sure our family farms can continue to operate and feel very strongly about it. I do to. I want to make sure our future children can farm if they would like to as well. It was nice to hear how passionate some of the fair attendees were about this.

You can also register to win one of three $50 grocery gift cards! You take a “felfie” (farmer selfie) with one of the farmers in the booth, and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #MFBFfelfie for a chance to win! There will also be drawings for children’s books and a rain barrel! And just for visiting the booth and learning some facts about agriculture, Minnesota Farm Bureau sets you up with a free insulated lunch bag! These are super handy for car trips! We use ours when traveling to pack snacks in! You will also have a chance to receive the a recipe for a Minnesota favorite hotdish! What is more Minnesotan than a hotdish? They sure aren’t casseroles in this state!

Don’t forget to take a ride in the AgCab Lab while you are in the booth either! It gets you inside a real tractor cab and at the controls to virtually plant and cultivate your fields. It is really awesome for kids to hop inside and grab the wheel and learn how to let their cultivator and planter down using hydraulics.

Take a ride in the AgCab Lab tractor while visiting the booth!

Take a ride in the AgCab Lab tractor while visiting the booth!

We will be there on 2 different days volunteering to staff the Farm Bureau booth, answering any questions you might have about how we grow your food, what our crops are used for, our farm plans, and more! We hope you will stop by the Minnesota Farm Bureau booth during the 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get Together!

Come see us at the Minnesota State Fair!

Come see us at the Minnesota State Fair!

-Sara 

 

Recipe: Doctored Up Mac & Cheese

I don’t know what it is about cold, blustery days that puts me in the mood for comfort food. I’m a huge Mac and cheese person. Every time I go to Noodles & Co. I get the Wisconsin Mac and Cheese! Yumm! My husband always thinks I’m crazy with my love for Mac & Cheese, but he loves this next recipe too!

My favorite part about a plain old box of Mac and Cheese is you can doctor it up however you want. Here’s how I do it in my kitchen!

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Doctored Up Mac & Cheee
Ingredients:
1 box of Mac & Cheese
3 strips bacon, cooked & crumbled
2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (or a can of chicken, flaked works too!)
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained (or a fresh tomato, diced)
4oz. cream cheese
About 2 tbs. size chunks of velveeta, cubed.
Garlic
Paprika

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare Mac and Cheese according to box directions. During this time fry bacon and chicken if not already cooked.

Prepare a casserole dish (I use a medium sized round corningware baking dish) by spraying the bottom and sides with cooking spray.

Add prepared Mac & Cheese to baking dish.

Mix in tomatoes, chicken and bacon.
Next, add garlic and paprika to taste. (I don’t measure here so it depends on how much you like garlic. I typically use a few shakes of Tastefully Simple’s Garlic Garlic) Stir the mixture.

Next, add the velveeta chunks around the dish and add the cream cheese right in the middle. No need to stir.
If you want, you can sprinkle some cheddar or Colby jack cheese on top.

Place dish in oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove from oven, stir so the cream cheese and velveeta is mixed in and serve!

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So do you doctor up your Mac and cheese? What ingredients do you include? I’m starting to think a can of the tomatoes and chilis would give it a lot of flavor! Enjoy!

-Sara

Recipe: White Chip Chocolate Cookies

Mark and I are leaving for vacation! We are heading to South Dakota to visit the badlands & Mt. Rushmore. This was a trip I took often as a child, because I have family in Idaho, so this is about my 4th or 5th time visiting, but Mark hasn’t been there since a kid, so I’m excited for him to see Mt. Rushmore, Custer & the Badlands through adult eyes- its a whole different experience!

As told in another post- we purchased a 5th wheel after searching for a year! This means I get to actually cook and pack and we have ROOM!! A lot more room than our 1979 pop-up at least! So I got busy baking a few snacks to take with on our trip to SD!

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We rocked the bright orange interior for 4 years while camping until we upgraded to our 2002 Jayco 5th wheel!

Now, my mom is a purest when it comes to the chocolate chip cookie. She doesn’t like variation, so we never had these White Chip Chocolate Cookies growing up, and frankly, I missed out! My mom has some explaining to do on the cookie front! They are delicious and easy to make! I highly recommend them!

Some of the ingredients you will need! I go through vanilla like crazy!

Some of the ingredients you will need! I go through vanilla like crazy!

The recipe is pretty simple! I even had everything on hand- except for vanilla- I run out of vanilla every other week I think!

Left- what it looks like with the eggs and vanilla added, and then with all the rest of the ingredients added.

Left- what it looks like with the eggs and vanilla added Middle- with the chips and rest of ingredients added Right- spooning it onto the baking sheet

I’m not usually about perfect cooking, so my spoonfuls onto the baking sheet are a little, um, out of round. It doesn’t affect the taste-trust me!

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The finished and delicious cookies!

I recommend baking them for the 8 minutes and letting them fall- they are better slightly undercooked than overcooked. So as you can see, my cookies are slightly fallen once cooled, but in this case, it is best for the type of cookie!

White Chip Chocolate Cookies

(Adapted from Hershey)

Ingredients:

1 C. butter, softened

2 C. sugar

2 Eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 C. flour

3/4 C. cocoa

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 C. white vanilla chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, beat sugar and butter until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla to butter mixture and beat.

In separate bowl (or if you don’t want to dirty another dish like me, add it all in your butter mixture!) mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and then add to butter mixture.

Stir in the white chips.

Spoon cookies unto ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 8-9 minutes.

Yield: about 4 dozen

-Sara 

Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish

The weather has been quite miserable here in Minnesota. I think we’ve maybe had 1 day without rain in the past month. It has been cold, wet, rainy and just plain disgusting. I’m ready for sunshine, flip-flops and to be done planting! Our fields are really wet…so wet we’ve had to switch some to soybeans. I’m all about comfort food during crappy weather so I searched Pinterest for recipes and found one for this Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish. Cooking Pinterest recipes is part of my 101 in 1001 challenge so here’s my latest! 

The finished product

The finished product

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish

2 cans cream of chicken

5-6 chicken breasts, cubed

7 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled

1 box of spiral noodles

2 cups of shredded cheese (any flavor your prefer)

garlic powder

salt & pepper

Most of the ingredients for Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish

Most of the ingredients for Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish

Fry bacon in pan. While bacon is frying, put on pot of water to boil for noodles. (I cooked the entire package of bacon and just put the rest in the fridge after for sandwiches and salads.)

The chicken is from the store. The bacon is our farm raised pork!

The chicken is from the store. The bacon is our farm raised pork!

While bacon is frying, cut and cube chicken breasts. Once bacon is done, set aside. Fry the chicken in the bacon grease. While chicken is cooking, boil the spiral noodles. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste to the chicken.

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Drain noodles and return to pot. Add the 2 cans of cream of chicken. Add in 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used Colby Jack.) I also didn’t measure here! The more cheese the better in my opinion.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Fill baking dish with the mixture from the pot. Crumble the bacon over the top and cover with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Again, I didn’t measure the cheese :)

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Wala...Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish!

Wala…Cheesy Chicken Bacon Hotdish!

Now this was husband approved for the recipe book so you know its good. But even better, my momma, my hardest critic, said it was one of the best hotdishes she has had in a long time!  Success!

I had it for lunch today, reheated, and it was delicious the second time around.

You could speed the recipe up by using pre-cooked bacon and pre-cooked chicken. Cooking both of those took up the most time in this recipe. It was a definite winner though and will be part of my comfort food recipe box :)

-Sara