What’s For Dinner?
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
> Perfect for: Dinner parties, office luncheons.
> Make and take: Cook ahead of time in a microwave-safe baking dish and reheat at your destination, or transport warm in a casserole jacket. It can also be assembled ahead of time and baked at your destination.
> Made famous by: Carol Asters of Monroe, who jokes that she's made it so often for dinner guests, she has trouble remembering which friends she's already served it to. "It's our favorite recipe, " she says. "You can have it when you are having people over for dinner, or you can take it with you. It's very versatile." The recipe appears in the fund-raising cookbook "Building on Tradition: A Collection of Recipes by First United Methodist Church Monroe." The cookbook can be purchased for $18, plus shipping and handling, at www.fumcmonroe.org.
Hands on time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes Serves: 8
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (0.6-ounce) envelope Good Seasons Zesty Italian salad dressing mix
1 cup dry white wine, divided
2 cups sliced mushrooms
Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup wine and bake 45 to 60 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the chicken is cooked through.
OK, so this dish is not very Italian . . . but it is very tasty. Carol Asters likes to serve it with a tossed salad and Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice.