This comfort casserole takes me back. Back about 20 years, actually.
And, actually.. that makes me feel OLD. Even though I haven’t even hit my thirties, I still can feel it in my bones when I talk about times ‘back in the day..‘
I can still picture myself sitting in the kitchen, sitting across from my (at the time) only sibling, my brother (the other two hadn’t even been born, yet!).
Playful banter and giggles in between bites of this chicken and broccoli mess glopped on my plate, complete with wet hair and
sunburned rosy cheeks- I lived in the pool as a child.
I still claim to be a pool-rat during the summer months.. I insist on three..two.. at least one new suit each summer. I start with three in mind, and after the look I get from my Fireman, I settle with just one. Boo.
Doesn’t he know I NEED three?
My momma used to make this casserole with a couple or three cans of condensed soup, plus a hefty hand with the mayo… it was Miracle Whip, actually.
When I got married and came home from the grocery after I had made our first big purchase of all the necessities, my Fireman about hit the ceiling when he went to make a sandwich and I had made the executive decision to buy MW rather than real mayonnaise.
I discovered I hadn’t ever had REAL mayo. The things we do for compromise.
Thats true love, folks.
Another difference in my Momma’s recipe is that she used canned chicken and frozen broccoli.
I really didn’t care one bit- I loved it! As a child I was so super picky about what I ate. I really didn’t eat a whole lot of anything, to tell you the truth.
My mom could get me to eat at least one of three meals she made so well..
1.) Chicken Divan
2.) (Real) Fried Homestyle Potatoes and Eggs (with ketchup!)
STILL a favorite to this day. I’ve repeatedly attempted to re-make this at home. Can’t be done. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. It is literally three ingredients! geeeezz…
and number three; get ready for it..
3.) Deep Fried Biscuits (you know.. the kind from the can.. and yes.. my Momma had a deep fryer installed in our kitchen..) with canned chili and shredded cheese on top.
My how my tastebuds have changed.
Even though I made this with real mayo, real chicken, and more than half the amount of condensed soup- it still brought back many memories after first bite.
This one is a true comfort casserole to me.. definitely a keeper.