Sunday, August 18, 2013

SRC Orphan Rescue: Join Us, Pull Up a Chair

I'm on Orphan-detail again today for the Secret Recipe Club - for a Group B orphan last week! - and I am so excited about cooking from Join Us, Pull Up a Chair - a cooking and baking blog written by Heather.

One of the reasons I always volunteer to help out an SRC orphan is to meet new foodie bloggers. Actually, in this case, I've been reading Heather's blog for a little while; but it's nice to explore it in more depth for something to cook for my family.

There were several of Heather's recipes that I considered - Braised Short Ribs over Creamy Cheddar Cheese Polenta, Beef and Bleu Cheese Tart (oh! so many of my favorite words in that one), Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce, and she even has a Hummingbird Cake (I've been searching for a recipe for that). But I decided to look for something for which I had all of the ingredients in my fridge and could make for dinner quickly. Eureka! Here we's what I made...

Chicken, Artichoke, and Arugula Casserole

I can't remember the last time I made a casserole. I guess it really had been awhile because my husband asked, "What would you call this?" A casserole. "That's what I thought." Funny.

8 oz trottole pasta (use whatever pasta you have)
a pat of butter
freshly ground sea salt
freshly ground pepper
1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 eggs
1 C organic whole milk
1/2 C organic heavy cream
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese, divided in half
2 C shredded mozzarella
1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
2 C arugula, chopped
1/4 C ground almonds
ground paprika

Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Drain pasta and set aside. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large flat-bottom pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle and the onions are translucent. Stir in the arugula and cook until just wilted. Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, and 1/4 C parmesan cheese. Stir in the mozzarella and artichokes. Combine the wet mixture with the pasta, chicken, and arugula. Turn the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle it with the rest of the parmesan, the ground almonds, and a dash of paprika. Cover the pan with foil and place the wrapped dish into the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil from the dish and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and toasty.


  1. My kind of casserole! Nary a can of soup in sight :-) Love the other ideas from her blog. Now, I'm looking forward to browsing thru both of yours

  2. Thank you for picking me up this month and glad I could inspire you to make a casserole! Sometimes the simplest things are the most tasty!! :)

  3. dish meal...looks fab!

  4. That looks amazing. Such a different way to use arugula too! Definitely Pinning this one!

  5. I love artichokes and this sounds wonderful. The arugula sounds very interesting, I can't wait to try it!

  6. This looks super delicious! So kind of you to help out with the orphaned. I truly love this dish. My Hubs has the same reaction to casseroles.

  7. Hehe, your husband's comment is funny :) You are the superwoman orphan rescuer this month! I haven't made a casserole either in ages but this one sure look delish :)

  8. Looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for stepping up and helping out a fellow blogger!

  9. My mouth is seriously watering right now. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

  10. Thanks for helping out an orphan- looks like you got a good recipe out of it! So cheesy and delicious!

  11. What an amazing looking "casserole," which seems like too casual of a name for this! Thanks for helping out SRC, and I agree, Helen's blog is amazing.

    Eat Laugh Love

  12. This looks delicious. I love one dish meals and this one looks perfect.


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