I wanted something easy to make and I had found the recipe a couple days ago. The only thing that I didn’t have on hand was cream cheese and the half and half so it seemed like a winner to me!
Ingredients – I made some changes from the original recipe. I hate swiss cheese, so I replaced it with mozzarella. I used 2% milk instead of half and half (trust me – even using that was hard for me ). And I used lower fat cream cheese. I’m trying to LOSE weight over here, not gain it!! You don’t see the chicken because I made the chicken on the bone and we all know how that worked last time (yuck). I also didn’t use garlic salt. A tip my mother gave me. Always add the separately. Of course, I forgot the salt (facepalm)
All layered and waiting for the cheese sauce
Cheese sauce. At this point, I remembered that I hate warm cream cheese. To the point that I will let my bagel cool before I put it on. I was concerned.
After putting the cheese sauce on, I was less concerned. I also added the garlic and onion powder. I threw in a bit of pepper, but not quite enough as I couldn’t taste it.
Breadcrumbs corner shot. I didn’t realize the full shot above would come out so well, so I was photographing a smaller section of the casserole.
After baking for 15 minutes. I think that was the perfect amounty of time. It was bubbly and hot all the way through. The breadcrumbs didn’t brown much, but I have never been successful with that. Seriously, when I try it on mac and cheese, you get mac and cheese with brown dandruff.
I got 8 decent sized servings from the recipe. May not be for the lumberjack appetite, but it filled me up – and I am still full over an hour later. The cream cheese and mozzarella were the perfect mix. The cream cheese gave a slight tang that was evened out with the mozzarella. If you like tang, then swiss would be the way to go. I might make it into individual ramekins when I make it again (oh yea, definitely gonna make it again). I find myself wondering how it would go if everything was mixed together instead of layered, but it works this way, so I kind of don’t want to mess with a good thing…..or add another dish 😉