While I like to experiment in the kitchen, sometimes it’s just nice to go with the familiar. And easy. That’s exactly what this Poppy Seed Chicken is for me. Familiar and easy. Honestly, I mostly make this from memory.
Do you have those dishes you make so frequently that you have to stop and think when someone asks you for the recipe? There’s a bit of comfort in that, I think.
This Poppy Seed Chicken screams comfort. I usually divide the casserole in half and freeze part for later use or share it with someone. It sure is nice to have a ready meal available in the freezer for those busy, busy days. It’s also nice to be able to share as well.
Serve this with a simple salad and vegetable side and your meal is made.
I grew up as the child of Midwestern parents living in the South and my childhood was a perfect blend and meld of two distinct American cultures. I was born in the South and they had lived in the South for several years by then and had adopted many Southern traditions including the holiday food traditions of New Year’s Day. There is much folklore of how the food traditions of New Year’s Day started but many people celebrate the start of a New Year with a meal that includes Black Eyed Peas and Greens which ensure Good Luck and Good Fortune for the New Year.
Vegetables were always present at our meals and my Mom would tell you that we were fairly good eaters willing to try a variety of vegetables. The truth was that my Mom had a secret for ensuring that we would eat those veggies – cheese! For example, broccoli was always served with a little cheese and seasoned salt on top. While we were fairly open to eating veggies, we were not so adventurous to eat true Southern Collard Greens. Instead our Greens on New Year’s Day were cabbage and my mom’s secret weapon was present for our cabbage with a gooey cheese sauce and a little bit of spice that she combined as a cabbage casserole.
Her cabbage casserole was something she adapted from a traditional recipe for Spinach Madeline. Here is her adaption and recipe for Cabbage Madeline. It’s not too spicy and it goes perfectly with Black Eyed Peas and Ham for your New Year’s Day dinner.
Mornings typically fly by in a blur in the Kohl house. Breakfast is often grabbed on the run and may include a piece of fruit and a cup of yogurt or cottage cheese. When we finally get the chance to slow down on the weekends, we love to sit down and enjoy a nice breakfast like this Western Omelette Casserole.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated and that is one of the things I love about baked breakfast dishes. This casserole is quick and easy to prep and the ingredients are easily interchangeable to fit your family’s tastes.
The other thing I love about this casserole is that it uses eggs from Great Day Farms and ham from Petit Jean Meats. Both of these companies are big supporters of Arkansas Women Bloggers.
I do raise my own chickens but they typically take a break from laying eggs during the shorter daylight of winter. When I don’t have my own fresh eggs, I always buy the Great Day Farms Cage Free eggs.
2 green onions, sliced (including the white parts)
1/4 cup bell peppers, diced
1 Tablespoon. butter
6 large eggs
1/2 cup half & half
2 Tbsp. sour cream
Seasoning Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Nutmeg, 2 grates of fresh, whole
4 ounces cooked ham, diced
1 cup shredded cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in a small saute pan and saute the onions and peppers until just tender. About 5 minutes.
In a bowl,whip the eggs, half & half, sour cream, and seasonigs.
Pour 1/2 of the egg mixture into a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with the onions and peppers, the ham and a 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
Pour the remaining egg mixture over the top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until the egg is almost completely set. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 5 more minutes.
This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a larger family.
By Julie Kohl
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Arkansas Women Blogger’s Calendar Cultivator and member Julie D. Kohl writes about her adventures with food, recipes, crafts and creativity on her blog JulieDKohl. As former Yankee who was “converted” to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you’ll-miss-it town in east central Arkansas. She raises chickens, horses, and English mastiffs and loves spending her summers off from teaching paddle boarding the beautiful lakes of Arkansas. Come navigate the waters of life with Julie on her blog JulieDKohl.com, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.