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Lentil and Chicken Sausage Casserole

Lentil and Chicken Sausage Casserole
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4
Servings
4
Lentil and Chicken Sausage Casserole
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Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Put the lentils in the dish and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the sausage into 1/2" coins. Heat a medium skillet over high heat. Add the sausage slices and cook until lightly browned on one side, 3 - 4 minutes.
  3. Turn the sausage and cook another 3 - 4 minutes. When the second side is browned, remove the sausage from the pan add to the lentils in the casserole.
  4. Add the tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the onions, mushrooms, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or so stirring often. Add some of the chicken stock if things seem dry.
  5. Once the veggies are soft and fragrant, add them along with any drippings to the casserole. Add the rosemary and Italian seasoning.
  6. Mix all the ingredients together and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until things are bubbly.
  7. Layer the tomato slices on top of the casserole. Sprinkle with the cheese and drizzle with a little more olive oil.
  8. Return to the oven uncovered and bake another few minutes until the tomatoes begin to soften and the cheese melts.
  9. Turn the oven to broil and let the casserole go 3 - 4 minutes until it is golden. Remove from the oven and let set 10 minutes before serving.
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Turkey and Artichoke Pot Pie

If you’ve checked out my post about the turkey that keeps on giving, you know that I’ve been using my gift turkey in all sorts of ways. Here is one more recipe that is perfect for cold wintry evenings. It uses two of my favorite Trader Joe’s items; A creamy Parmesan cheese called Toscano with toscano cheeseBlack Pepper and a bag of California goodness, Frozen Artichoke TJ artichoke heartsHearts. Both of these items are available pretty much all of the time at Trader Joe’s. The cheese is wonderful in cooking and delightful on a cracker or as part of a decadent grilled cheese. The artichokes have a fresher taste than the ones in the can and are great in hundreds of recipes.

They had a formidable co-star in some super moist turkey breast. Onion and roasted red peppers rounded out the cast. DIGITAL CAMERA

The sauce was “Alfredo like” with a hefty punch of garlic, but lighter in body because turkey stock made up most of the liquid with only a bit of fat-free half & half to add some creaminess.

I used a Montreal Reduced Sodium Chicken Seasoning along with Smoked Paprika for my seasoning, but you could use any seasoning you like and it would be wonderful with fresh herbs as well.

The pot pie that resulted was wonderful. I allowed it to rest the required 10 minutes. This was slightly longer than my husband could wait…hence the picture of the completed dish is missing a corner…it was that good.DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Turkey and Artichoke Pot Pie
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Turkey and Artichoke Pot Pie
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Sauce
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over over medium heat. Add the butter. When the butter is melted, add 1/2 cup of the onion and the garlic. Cook stirring frequently until the onion is soft and the garlic is fragrant. Don't let the garlic burn!
  2. Add the flour and stir to completely combine. allow the mixture to cook stirring frequently until it is pale golden.
  3. Slowly add the stock stirring constantly to keep the sauce smooth. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the half & half and continue to cook stirring constantly for another 4 - 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the grated cheese. Set aside while you prepare the filling.
Filling
  1. Heat a large fry pan over medium high heat. Add the tablespoon of olive oil and swirl to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining onion and cook for 5 minutes or so until the onion begins to brown.
  2. Add the artichokes and mushrooms. Continue to cook for 7 -10 minutes. Everything should be soft and golden.
  3. Stir in the sliced red peppers and cook for 3 minutes. Add the turkey (or chicken) and cook another 3 - 4 minutes. Add the poultry seasoning of your choice and the smoked paprika stir to combine.
  4. Pour in the sauce and stir to combine. Let this simmer quietly for 5 minutes or so.
Assemble and Bake
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a gratin or deep dish pie pan with cooking spray. Pour the filling into the pan. Top with the uncooked pie crust. Flute the edges as you like. Make several small cuts in the crust to allow steam to escape.
  2. Place the pie on a baking sheet. Lightly coat the crust with olive oil spray and bake for 25 -30 minutes. The crust should be golden and the filling should be bubbly.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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