Like the owner and head chef from OTIS Dining Hall (Damian Brabender), I have a thing for KFC. Although for me, it’s more of a deep abiding adoration. I know I shouldn’t eat it too often but I can’t help buying it when I think about it for too long on a Friday. Fridays being my traditional takeaway dinner day. I spent the day at Canberra Hospital and Health Services in ACT Pathology practising medicine. Yes, I know, practising medicine and eating KFC really don’t go together.
Yesterday I received a little bit of good news and I wanted to celebrate. Given I had no one to celebrate with, I went with KFC and a 21-piece bucket at that.
When I buy a 21-piece bucket I consume the thigh and wing pieces after purchase and then put away the breast and other pieces into the refrigerator. Leftover KFC makes for a delicious chicken casserole.
- 8 Leftover KFC pieces
- 1 handful Parsley
- 2 Large mushrooms
- 1 small tin Green peppercorns
- 1 cup White wine
- 1 handful Cashew nuts
- 1 tin Cream of chicken soup
- 2 sticks Celery
- 1/2 Onion
- 1 cup Frozen vegetables
In a casserole or sturdy baking dish place the leftover pieces of KFC
Add some sliced flat mushrooms
Toss in the cup of frozen vegetables plus some sliced celery and onion and poke the vegetables in between the pieces of KFC.
Pour over a can of condensed cream of chicken soup and rinse out the can with a little white wine and pour that in too. You want to ensure the liquid gets about halfway up the side of the baking tray so there is sufficient water to keep everything juicy and moist.
Sprinkle in your nuts, well not your nuts but some cashews and if you can throw some cash around, some Queensland nuts from the genus Macadamia.
Open the tin of green peppercorns and pour them in.
Once everything is in the baking tray, seal it with a lid if it has one or cover in aluminium foil and make sure it is a snug fit.
Place in a hot oven 200 °C/400 °F for one hour.
After one hour remove the lid and sprinkle on a little grated cheese and then return to the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Once the cheese has become brown and crispy remove the tray from the oven and allow the casserole some rest.
Serve up on a plate and shoot a photograph.
Eat the meal.
Wash the dishes and write the recipe.
Write a blog post and share it later.
This was my dinner on Friday night. I decided after a piece of good news that I’d spoil myself with some KFC.
This is the leftover KFC casserole after it came out of the oven
This is the leftover KFC casserole ready to be eaten
Questions and answers
Why do you like KFC?
I like the crumb coating and the finger licking good flavour of the 13 herbs and spices. Yes, I like licking my fingers.
Surely KFC is too fatty and greasy?
It certainly is. I don’t eat it every day or every week or every month. I like spoiling myself with flavours I like and things that taste good, especially if it tastes good as I lick my fingers.
How long have you been a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology?
Well, I became a formal member in 1989. In the Northern Territory, I chaired the NT branch. Since that time I’ve also been a member of the Society’s editorial board and examination board. This year I became the registrar for the National Examination and Qualifications Board.
Could you make the casserole without KFC?
Sure, you could use any pre-cooked roast chicken. In Australia, that includes Red Rooster and chickens from Coles and Woolworths.
Is there anyone you want to shout out to?
My very good friend Just Me from Here in the Silence. Check out her poetry and writing.
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