I remember being introduced to Stouffer's Frozen Foods as a teenager in the 1950s when my Uncle Pete went to work for them in Cleveland (the home base of the company). Frozen foods were fairly new to us at the time and my parents found them to be very handy for quick dinners after working all day.
I found the Stouffer's meals delicious and, as a result, I have been a fan of them ever since. I have tried a large variety of frozen dinners over the years, but none as good as Stouffer's.
|Stouffer's Escalloped Chicken and Noodles|
My very favorite is Stouffer's Escalloped Chicken and Noodles, a hearty combination of white meat chicken, egg noodles, mushrooms, celery, carrots and peas in a creamy sauce
Old-Fashioned Home-Cooked Escalloped Chicken Recipe
My in-laws lived in Garden City, Kansas and this cookbook was compiled by church members to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first church in Garden City and dedicated to all of the brave pioneers who in 1879 organized the First Congregational Church in town. First published in 1908 and revised and re-published in 1930, this cookbook is the 1979 edition.
The recipes contained in this Garden City Cookbook were favorites of current church members, many of which were passed down from generation to generation.
Aunt Alta's Escalloped Chicken
1 can mushrooms
1 (4-5 lb.) stewing hen or large fryer
2 c. fine cracker crumbs
1 recipe of white sauce
4 T. chicken fat or butter or oleo
3 heaping T. flour
Broth from chicken and juice from mushrooms
1 c. milk or cream
Boil and then simmer hen until tender and done. Take meat from the bone and cut in small pieces about ¾-inch long.
Make medium white sauce. Put layer of cracker crumbs in flat pan and then a layer of chicken and mushrooms. Season to taste with salt, red pepper and celery salt. Pour almost half the sauce over this and make another layer of each. Pour remaining sauce over this and sprinkle cracker crumbs on top and a little paprika. Bake 450◦ for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the depth of the pan.
*Author's Note: This 'from-scratch' Escalloped Chicken recipe does not call for noodles, but I imagine noodles could be added or even served on the side or spoon the dish over cooked noodles. If you choose to use cream instead of milk, you will find that the dish is very rich. Yum.
If you want to make your own homemade escalloped chicken, try this old-fashioned recipe in this article.
Or try the one I found online on the Go, Go, Go Gourmet blog for a homemade recipe that duplicates the Stouffer's dish called Stouffers Copycat Escalloped Chicken and Noodles.
When you want the same as a quick, and delicious, dish, use Stouffer's Escalloped Chicken and Noodles.
For quick, yet tasty, dishes with a wide variety of choices, give Stouffer's Frozen Meals a try.
Review & Recipe by (c) Wednesday Elf 3/23/2019
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