On Sunday, Nick and I hosted a lovely Friendsgiving with, well you guessed it.... our lovely friends! We all do our own ways for the real deal so it is fun to get together, eat some tasty food, drink some yummy drink and just have a good ole time. I also consider it practice for when I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my own family someday!
We asked everyone to bring a dish or dessert because 1. I'm not that great of a cook so just in case I burn everything, there is still something to eat and 2. I'm still in college and groceries are expensive! Today I am sharing with you my easy and budget-friendly Friendsgiving dishes. Let me know if you end up using any of them! I would love to see pictures and hear what you think!
Our oven is too small to make a turkey so I mad Chicken and Dumplings as our main dish. This Chicken and Dumpling recipe is super easy and yummy! My aunt gave it to me last Thanksgiving and it is also my favorite thing to make on a cold and snowy day.
It calls for:
- 3 raw chicken breasts
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 2 cans of Grands flaky biscuits
- 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup of evaporated milk
- Garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook the chicken breast in the chicken broth in a crockpot on high for 4 hours. Season the chicken with the garlic powder.
- Once the chicken is cooked, shred it with a fork.
- Add the two cans of cream of chicken in a separate bowl with 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. Stir and add back to the crockpot along with the shredded chicken. If the mixture looks dry, add up to a cup of water. Cook on high for 30 minutes until the broth is hot.
- Cut the Grands biscuits into quarters. Add the biscuits to the crock pot, add salt and pepper to taste. Let cook on high for about an hour.
- You will know the meal is done when the "dumplings" are floating at the top.
I have also heard that you can make this with rotisserie chicken and skip the first step. Nick likes to add hot sauce to spice it up (but he also likes to add hot sauce to literally everything)
The next recipe that I LOVE is one I just recently found: Baked Mac and Cheese. I found this recipe on Table For Two. I cook this bad boy in my Martha Stewart Cast Iron pot that we received as an engagement gift.
It calls for:
- 2 cups macaroni/elbow pasta
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 1/8 tsp cajun seasoning
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 3/4 cup of shredded cheese
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season it with salt, and add in your pasta. When pasta is done, drain and set aside.
- In the meantime, in a small pot (the cast iron) on medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour until there are no large clumps. Pour in the milk and continue whisking until mixture has thickened up. Add the cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper.
- Pour in the cheese and whisk together until all has melted and is smooth.
- Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs on top. I also added extra cheese on top of the breadcrumbs to make it extra cheesy!
- Put the casserole in the oven on broil and keep an eye on it until the panko has browned and the cheese is a little bubbly.