We both grew up in the late 50's (he, not me ) 60's (both of us) and early 70's (he got married to his first wife in 1972, I was just a BABY. He didn't marry me until 1978 ), but these were the decades of the "casserole".
At least I thought so, because my mom made them all the time. And I just assumed that his mom would have too. She had a lot of kids, a lot of mouths to feed.
His family life surprises me sometimes....still after 31 years of marriage.
Like...he has never had a poached egg. WHAT?
He said that his mom had so many kids that she couldn't take the time... it was scrambled or nothing.
Let me get back to the "casserole". (I tend to digress...sigh)
In the dictionary, the definition of casserole is " a large deep dish in which food can be cooked and served."
Most often one takes a little meat, adds some cream soup, cheese, veggies, rice, etc etc. One can stretch a little meat to feed a big family. I liked casseroles. Often we would have a casserole and a green salad and bread for supper. My mom, after she went back to work, would make up a casserole in the morning, I would stick it in the oven when I got home from school, she would whip up a green salad (this before the days of bag salad) and we were ready to go.
Granted....the casserole of my youth would never make it in the health conciseness era of the 21st century. Or would it? It's kind of a comfort food. I don't make casseroles often anymore, they are just not something my husband loves. (except Italian pasta casseroles, because his mother is Italian and made those kinds of dishes). Things made with canned soup, are just not right in his mind.
Except this one... Chicken Divan. It's easy, it's good and well, here it is. Company worthy? Maybe not, but its really satisfying and good.
3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2-10oz pkg. broccoli spears (or one bunch of fresh) cooked
2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
1 cup mayo
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Spread cooked broccoli in the bottom of a casserole dish. Next layer shredded chicken.
Mix soup, mayo and lemon juice and spread on top of the chicken.
Top with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.