Tonight I took a gamble. I cooked something without any idea about how it would turn out. I made it up completely as I went. I started with some leftover cooked chicken and the idea of a casserole. Did I want Mexican? Italian? American? I couldn't decide. So I went out on a limb and tried Greek because I'd never heard of a Greek casserole. This is what I did.
In a saute pan, I combined (all from the bucket, except the minced garlic and bacon)
- sliced onions
- sliced garlic scapes
- oyster mushrooms
- fresh spinich
- minced garlic
- precooked bacon
I put the sauteed mixture into a casserole dish and added in the cooked, leftover chicken, cooked orzo pasta, a can of cream of onion soup, and a blob of cream cheese. I cooked it, covered, at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then, I removed the cover and topped with crushed blue corn tortilla chips and crumbled feta, and then cooked it for another 10 minutes.
I made no promises to my family. Was it going to be good? Horrible? I honestly had no idea how this would turn out.
First thing Lee said: This is good!
He didn't even know that there were mushrooms in there- shhhhhh.
Whew, I took a gamble and won! The only thing I would do differently is to add only a half can of cream of onion because the casserole was a little too sticky- which can be a danger of orzo pasta. Or, I might've used a different kind of small pasta. Hmmm....might have to try this one again with a twist.