Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chicken Casserole to Serve Thirty

Below is the recipe mother wrote for her friends and family.  She continued to have dinner parties (thus the 'serve thirty') after my father died.  You can skim the ingredients, but read her instructions.
This was the only picture I could find of Maxine
in the kitchen.  She was not the cook in our family.
My father and sister did most of the cooking.

30 slices of day-old bread, cubed
8 cups cubed chicken (I used the breasts)
2 small green peppers -- chopped fine
2 small onions             -- chopped fine
1 1/2 cub celery           -- chopped fine

6 eggs, well beaten
1 cup milk
chicken broth to make 6 cups
Mix eggs, milk and chicken broth together and put small amount in bottom of pan

Add 1/2 of cubed bread -- next chicken, vegetables and rest of bread
Pour remaining liquid over and let let stand overnight (refrigerate).
Bake 15 minutes at 325 degrees

Mix following and spread over top:
     2 cans cream of chicken soup (do not delute)
     2 cans cream of celery soup    (do not delute)
     3/4 cup mayonaise or Miracle Whip
Over this add 2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese
Bake 1 hour, 15 minutes at 350 degrees

Due to an error, I added more chicken than the recipe called for but I feel it improved the taste.  I thought I was using a four cup measure and afterwards found that it was an eight cup.

Also, I found that I had omitted the cheese--didn't find it until 15 minutes before the casserole was to come from the oven.  I added it at that time and really think it was best to not have the cheese topping on the entire baking time, as it turns brown.  Mine stayed yellow with just a little browning.

I must have had several things on my mind while preparing this casserole as I tripped on the basement stairs and fell flat, holding the casserole aloft and with only two bread cubes bouncing out.  Needless to say, I have several bruises and a twisted ankle to prove I had the fall.

Also, I had  not measured the oven to see if the larger throw-away aluminum pan I was using would fit in it----it didn't.  So I had to transfer, spoon by spoon into a narrower pan.

My paragraph concerning my fall is rather disconnected--I was taking the casserole to the basement refrigerator for overnight.

Guess it was all worth it as everyone liked the finished product.
                                                                      Maxine Haworth

This is typical of how my mother's cooking went.  I wish I had other recipes that she many of them are similar to the one above...with her unique changes to recipes.


  1. HAHA Many of my casserole recipes have suffered the same fate, and sometimes the "new" recipe has replaced the old. The instructions are funny, for sure! What a treasure! I recently saw and idea on pinterest: Take a recipe like this to a print shop (Staples can do it) have it blown up to poster size and frame it for kitchen decoration. I am going to do that with some of my grandma's recipes. :)

  2. Thank you, thank you for this awesome recipe. I have so many occasions to make things in big portions. Thanks for sharing your oops also...because then I can learn from it. xo

  3. Wow! Making that casserole turned into an adventure! Sorry you were hurt but glad the casserole survived!

  4. Oh my gosh! Those directions cracked me up.

    1. We all did...had it on the program at her memorial....she loved to we knew she would have liked that.

  5. So you are just following in your mother's footsteps in the storytelling department. I had to enlarge that photo to read the typing and cracked up that she had included the tale of falling. I have to say the 4 cans of creamed soup made my arteries start to clog. What a priceless family artifact.

  6. Too funny! It took me a minute to realize the story about tripping was hers and not yours! The recips does sound delicious...just like your story telling abilities! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh, your mom. How funny! I'm sure this is a recipe you smile over again and again.

  8. This couldn't be more comical if it was invented by an imaginative fiction writer. You are blessed to have such a mother. You're doing a fine job of sharing and I'm so thankful for getting to know your mother through your words.