This is a casserole my friend Jean used to make for me to serve when I babysat for her kids or for dinner when I lived in their basement in my early 20's. ("Hi, I'm Melissa....I live in the basement.") I love it and, when Max was a baby I used to make it for he and I to share because he loved it too.
Logan does not like it, you see it contains 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. If you divide a 1/4 cup of mayo into an 8 serving dish, that means you're eating like 1/2 a tablespoon of mayonnaise and that is enough to kill a man.
Logan is out of town though, ha ha! So I decided to mix it up for the kids and I. I thought, given Max's babyhood love of this dish I'd get at least a 2 out of 3.
This is the sort of dish which would be easiest to make if you had extra chicken from another dish and 2 cups of rice leftover as well. I had neither of these things so I made the rice and used cooked diced chicken I purchase from our school's fund raising food place, Market Day.
2 C. cooked rice
1/4 C. The Devil's Sandwich Spread AKA Mayonnaise
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 T butter (if sauteing your onion first)
1 pack frozen spinach
Cream of something soup (chicken, mushroom, celery...it's a wild card!)
1/2 t. curry
Cooked diced chicken (what ever you have)
Cheddar cheese (to sprinkle on top)
Salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp)
Cook and drain spinach. Combine rice, onions, soup, mayo, a little salt, curry, chicken and spinach in a bowl. Put in casserole and sprinkle cheese on top. Cook to warm through at 350 for about 20 minutes.
Here is a picture of it before I put the cheese on top. It tastes better than it looks in the lackluster light of my kitchen.
DID THEY EAT IT!?
Me: "I love this. I love this. I love this. I'm going to bath in it. I love curry. I need iron. I love this."
Madison: "What (fake gag) is (fake gag) this (fake gag)?" She ends up eating 4 bites of chicken after I separate it from the rest of the casserole. She gags it down drinking a 1/4 of her milk in between each bite.
Maxwell: Our conversation: Me: "You used to love this when you were a baby. I'd make it for you and I and Daddy and Maddie would have boring peanut butter sandwiches for dinner." Him: "Ha! So I liked this when I was a baby? I can't wait to try it."
At dinner: "What is this green stuff on it? Bleh (flick) Bleh (flick) (Spinach flies every where.) I'm not eating anything but the chicken but first I'm going to wipe all this gross green stuff off it with a napkin.
Verdict: 1 out of 3 people at our table enjoyed this. Which means I better enjoy it since I'm going to be eating it for lunch and dinner for the next 3-4 days until it's gone.
I used cream of chicken soup this time and I think I'd go back to cream of celery to give it an extra flavor. I also sauteed the onion this time and enh. It didn't add much so I'd probably skip that step as I always have in the past.