What’s For Dinner?
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What Can I Bring?
Perfect for: Potlucks, cookouts, sports-watching parties.
Make and take: Assemble and bake in disposable cardboard roasting pans for easy transport. It can also be transferred to a crockpot to keep it warm.
Made famous by: Stephanie Chambers of Lawrenceville, who said it comes from her husband's New Orleans family. "Everything is about the food there, so at every function, someone brings it, " she said. It "has been a staple at all gatherings for years."
Hands on time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Serves: 12
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (10-ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes and chile peppers, mild or hot
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can condensed French onion soup
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can condensed beef broth
1 (4-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into pieces
1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken meat, cut into pieces
2 cups uncooked Uncle Ben's converted rice
Andouille sausage is a good choice, but Stephanie Chambers says that any smoked sausage is just fine in this easy recipe. You'll need either a very large baking dish, such as a deep-dish lasagna pan or two 2-quart baking pans to cook it all without fear of spillover.