Brock’s Buttery Ritz Veg-All Casserole
Note: This is the most amazing casserole. It is incredibly simple to prepare, it is cheesy, buttery, and has a hint of delicious onion. This may be prepared at your
cabin anytime for lunch or dinner at the Fair ! You may double the recipe and cook a little longer–just make sure you use a much larger and deeper casserole dish.
3 cans Veg-All mixed vegetables, drained
2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
One and one half cups Blue Plate mayonnaise
1 small onion, diced finely
8 oz. grated mild cheddar cheese
3 stacks Ritz crackers, crumbled up (not crushed)
One and one half sticks real butter, melted
In a large bowl, mix canned vegetables, mayo, onion and cheese. In a greased 13×9 casserole dish, pour the mixture into it. Crumble up crackers and evenly spread them over casserole. Melt butter and pour evenly over crackers. Bake at 350 degrees, covered with foil, for about 30-40 min or until bubbly and crackers are lightly golden brown. Only use real butter. It makes the crackers crunchier and not soggy.
Brock’s Super Strawberry Pie
Note: This pie is mouthwatering, simple, and everyone will inhale it. My mama always uses a Keebler shortbread Ready Crust as the pie crust in this recipe, and I have always done the same thing! It is truly delicious and a refreshing treat for your guests at the Fair !
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 can Comstock or Lucky Leaf strawberry pie filling
1 Keebler shortbread Ready Crust (pie crust)
Put cream cheese and condensed milk into mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium high speed for about 3-4 minutes. There should be no lumps at all. Fold in Cool Whip by hand. Pour into ready crust. If you have some pie mixture leftover, you can always save it and enjoy it by itself (Brock loves to do this). Freeze pie for about an hour, and then top with strawberry pie filling (liberally) and put back in the freezer for about another hour. Move to the refrigerator for another hour and then cut. Keep refrigerated.
“Neshoba County Fair” Dorito Casserole
Note: I prepared this for the Neshoba County Fair a couple years ago, and my close friends had a fit over it. It was so easy to prepare and delicious, and if you are preparing this for a very large crowd, you may double the recipe! Just double and cook a bit longer. Good stuff!!!
2 lbs. fresh ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 lg. jar mild taco sauce
16 oz. sour cream
3 Tbsp. butter
16 oz. grated mild cheddar cheese
Nacho cheese Doritos
Cook meat with onion and drain. Return to stove and add taco sauce and sour cream. Add butter, and heat through. Pour into a greased 13×9 casserole dish. Top with cheese and crushed Doritos. Line the sides of the dish with some uncrushed Doritos. Bake at 350 for 40 min lightly covered or until cheese is bubbly and heated all the way through.
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