Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Something Borrowed


I love the internet.  There is so much out there to be seen and learned. This post is about me combining two of my favorites internet places, Food Network and Pinterest.  I am constantly searching for new ideas, new recipes to twist and turn my way, new flavors I haven't tried, and sometimes crazy innovative ways to cook.

A few years ago, I added a new cookbook to my collection, "Down Home With the Neelys."  They introduced me to the idea of making homemade barbecue sauce, which my Chipotle Barbecue Sauce was sort of a spawn from their recipe.  Then I looked at their top recipes on foodnetwork.com, and it was barbecue chicken spaghetti. What a concept!  I've had barbecue pizza, but I hadn't ever had barbecue spaghetti.  I tried it and loved it.  I've made it so many times since then with my sauce that I've lost count.

Next comes my newest find on Pinterest.  I'm sure you've seen a pin called Million Dollar Spaghetti, which appears to be from ashleykaitlin.blogspot.com, which has a crazy layer of cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese in it.  I made her spaghetti.  It was to die for. Then the little light bulb went off in my head.  (Did you hear the chain click?)  I needed to make my barbecue chicken spaghetti into a casserole with the crazy creamy layer.  And I did.  And it was good.  My 12-year-old son ate every last bit of it, and he's a picky eater.

So, as I have borrowed a little of this and a little of that, I feel like I need something blue, something old, well, you know. This is darn tasty!

BARBECUE CHICKEN SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE
FOR THE BBQ SAUCE:
2 C ketchup
3/4 C water
3/4 C brown sugar
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 T molasses
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 C apple cider vinegar
2 T minced garlic
1 T paprika
1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped

FOR THE CASSEROLE:
3 C cooked, shredded chicken
16 ounces cottage cheese
8 ounces cream cheese
1 C sour cream
1/2 C shredded parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 lb spaghetti
2 C shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
Red onion slices

Cook spaghetti according to directions.

Put all of the sauce ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, whisking occasionally, about 20 minutes or so until the sauce is thickened.

Blend the cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a food processor. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly. Mix the cooked spaghetti with the chicken and BBQ sauce.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Layer half of the spaghetti mixture in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the spaghetti.  Top with the remaining spaghetti mixture.  Spread the shredded cheese over the top.  Put some red onion slices on top of the cheese. Bake for 20 or so minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned.