Does home cooking define comfort food in your mind? It sure does in mine. I have no idea where that "comfort" label originated, but I started noticing it being used to describe recipes well over a decade ago. We are a people in need of comfort, it seems. We crave the familiarity of "at-homeness", surrounded by the people we love. A delicious home-cooked meal, with everyone sitting around the table enjoying each other's company, is the very best way to unwind after a busy day. Our family looks forward to to the evening meal together ever so much.
If that is not your pattern, or if it once was, and you have gotten away from it, may I highly recommend you begin or reinstate that tradition in your home? It is my opinion that families thrive in the consistency of evening meals eaten together. Love and nurture, valuable life lessons, togetherness. All are irreplaceable benefits of eating together daily. We make it a priority.
Stepping off my soap box, I'd like to share another family favorite recipe with you. This is one I procured from my son-in-law Jonathan, who got it from his mother, Nancy St. Clair. It's comfort food at its best... chicken, rolled in crescent roll dough, smothered in sauce, and topped with cheese. How can you improve on that combination? I serve it with steamed vegetables, to balance the over-all fat content of the meal.
This recipe calls for canned chicken, which is what I use. That way, it can easily be put together in about 10 minutes or less. If you have left-over chicken, by all means, chop it up and use that instead. This recipe is plenty for five people. When I'm serving a bigger crowd, i.e., when all the troops are home, I use three cans of crescent rolls and two cans of chicken, and I double the sauce.
Give this one a shot. I'd wager you'll like it as much as we do, served up with a heaping helping of love for the blessing that is your family.
The major players.
Roll out the dough and top with the chicken.
Now roll up the crescents and place them in the pan.
Mix up the sauce, pour over, and sprinkle with cheese.
Make your family wait while you photograph your plate.
Oh wait, only Laura Lee does that!
Crescent Roll Chicken
- 2 cans crescent roll dough
- 1 large can (9.5 oz.) shredded chicken, drained
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese, more or less. More is good.
Unroll crescent rolls and top with the shredded chicken. Place rolls in two rows in a greased 9X13" baking dish. Mix up the soup and milk. Pour over the rolls. Top with the cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.