Yes, I love my ramekins! They are fun for desserts and also individual dinners!
I also get a kick out of having a half-hour notice that guests are coming! But let me back up – it’s usually when it’s old friends who say they are coming, or family or a familiar face. I’ll admit it – if it were brand new guests, I wouldn’t feel quite the same. I’d probably be a little more nervous or try not to give in to worrying about whether my house was clean. But what “new” guests call and say they’re on their way?
So no worries – our friends were coming last night and we had very little notice.
My daughter and I had already planned that she would be making potpie for dinner, so at this point we decided to make individual pies and “stretch out” the recipe.
I’ve posted about my delicious CHEDDARY PASTRY TOPPING potpie crust, here, but I want to give you another very easy recipe, one loved by ALL kids because it has crescent rolls on top!
Sandy’s Easy Potpie
Sauté 4 cloves garlic in EVOO. Add 2 cups of whipping cream (I’ve improvised many times and used milk or ½ and ½, but cream is the best!), bring to boil, and then simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Add 1-2 cups of your favorite cheese.
In microwave, cook a package of frozen peas and carrots for 3 minutes (add a small amount of water). Drain. Or, use any leftover veggies from the night before and cut up to small pieces.
Using cooked chicken (boiled, rotisserie, canned, leftovers …) cut up and put in bottom of ramekin. Pour sauce on top. Layer the peas/carrots on top.
Lay crescent rolls on top of each dish. Bake 375 for 17-20 minutes.
Make sure and make enough, because your family is going to devour it!
Have you thought about using ramekins for a main dish? We also like to make lasagna and any kind of mini casseroles. I even found 2 miscellaneous ramekins at a garage sale this last weekend (50 cents each) to add to my collection. So now my collection is up to 10.
We gobbled down the dinner when our friends came, then headed out the door to a movie.
All we left behind was the dirty dishes …
(Bottom photo: Abby and her friend making strawberry pies in ramekins. For those who asked about the recipes for the cherries, in my last post – I used the recipe off of the Sure Jell box, and I googled for the “cherry chutney” recipe.)