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Yankee Doodle Casserole (VRP 014)

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Yankee Doodle Casserole is a hearty and flavorful dish that combines classic American ingredients into a comforting meal. Featuring wieners, noodles, and cheese, this casserole is perfect for a family dinner or a casual gathering, offering a satisfying blend of textures and flavors.

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Front of the recipe card for Yankee Doodle Casserole. There is a notation that the recipe is from Margaret Eastman.

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Back of the recipe card for Yankee Doodle Casserole.

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Food History

Casseroles have been a staple in American kitchens, particularly since the mid-20th century, known for their convenience and the ability to blend various leftovers into a tasty and filling meal. This type of dish often includes a protein, starch, and a creamy sauce or cheese, baked together to create a warm, comforting meal. Yankee Doodle Casserole, with its playful name, reflects a whimsical take on traditional American ingredients and cooking styles.

Recipe Discussion

The recipe starts by sautéing minced onions and peppers in butter until tender, which forms the flavor base. Diced wieners are added for protein, along with a mix of seasonings, including salt and a hint of curry powder, to enhance the flavors. Chicken soup is incorporated to create a creamy, rich sauce that binds the cooked noodles and adds moisture and depth to the dish. The mixture is then layered with grated cheese and baked until bubbly and golden on top, resulting in a melty, comforting casserole.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Yankee Doodle Casserole hot from the oven, ideally with a side of steamed vegetables or a crisp green salad to balance the dish’s richness. It’s great for a cozy night in or feeding a crowd at a potluck.

Preparation Tips

  • Sautéing Vegetables: Ensure the onions and peppers are cooked until just tender, as they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • Layering: Add half the cheese to the casserole and reserve the rest for topping to achieve a gooey interior and a crispy, cheesy crust.
  • Baking: Bake the casserole uncovered to let the cheese on top become nicely browned and crispy.

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Yankee Doodle Casserole Recipe

Yankee Doodle Casserole

Yankee Doodle Casserole

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cups wieners, diced
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups cooked noodles
  • 3/4 cup cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Cook onion and pepper in butter until vegetables are tender
  2. Add wieners, seasoning, soup, noodles, and half of the grated cheese and turn into greased casserole dish
  3. Top with remaining cheese
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees

Yankee Doodle Casserole is a delightful dish that embodies the spirit of American home cooking. It’s easy to prepare, satisfying, and sure to be a hit with anyone who enjoys classic comfort food. This casserole is a perfect example of how simple ingredients can be transformed into a delicious meal that brings people together.

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