Need a plan for your leftover chicken or turkey???
I’m here to tell you Kentucky Casserole is a great option!
Chunks of hearty bread, sprinkled with pieces of chicken or turkey, followed by a creamy, cheesy sauce with tangy pimentos and spicy Tabasco. Finally, this beauty is topped off with bacon and tomatoes.
I can be prepared in individual-sized baking dishes, or in a larger ovenproof dish.
If you have garlic butter Texas toast, that makes this casserole all the more tasty!
ENJOY! – The Recipe Wench
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|From book||Cuisine Tonight - Favorite Weeknight Menus|
Kentucky Casserole is a beautiful and delicious way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Bake in individual sized ovenproof dishes or a 2 quart casserole.
- 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/3 Cup flour
- 1-1/2 Cups milk
- 1 Cup chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons dry sherry
- 3/4 Cup shredded cheddar
- 1/2 Cup grated parmesan
- 1 Small jar pimentos (drained)
- 2 Teaspoons Tabasco
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 Cups cubed, cooked turkey or chicken
- 6 Slices tomato (about 1/4 inch thick)
- 6 Strips bacon (cooked)
- 5-6 Cups cubed, hearty bread
Any hearty bread can be used, but for an extra special taste treat, try cubed Texas Toast Garlic Bread! This Kentucky Casserole is a beautiful, hearty and delicious way to use up leftover turkey or chicken.
ENJOY - The Recipe Wench
|Pre-heat oven to 400°F |
Spray 6 ovenproof dishes (or one 2-quart dish) with nonstick spray
To make sauce:
Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat
Whisk in flour and continue cooking for 2 minutes
Whisk in milk, chicken broth and sherry
Bring to a simmer and continue cooking for about 3 minutes or until sauce is thick
Whisk in cheeses until smooth
Remove from heat and add pimentos and Tabasco
Season with salt and pepper
|In large bowl, toss cubed, toasted bread with 1 cup of the sauce |
Place toasted bread in bottom of dishes
Divide cubed turkey or chicken among the 6 dishes
Divide the sauce among the 6 dishes
Bake for 20 minutes until heated through
Top with sliced tomatoes and bacon