Saturday, February 21, 2009

Crazy Table Setting Day

We have been serious all week, with sickness Monday through Wednesday. We need a dinner celebration that is fun and not a lot of work. Oh, I know! I remember a dinner my mom did for us when we were little that we thought was loads of fun. I'll see if it works for a new generation as well.

The kids need an outing... We'll go to the farm in 1/2 hour. I need a dinner that I can get a good head start on. We will try Chicken Supreme Pie.

I stick the chicken and bacon on myGeorge Forman Grill (Man I love that thing).
I place the bread dough in the oven over a pan of boiling water at 200 degrees.
I finish the pie filling and place it in the refrigerator.
Off we go on our adventure.
We return home at 5:15 and want dinner on the table by 6:00.

I finish dinner and while it bakes, I prepare the bags. We have seven for dinner tonight, so I number 7 bags. I fill each one with: 1) plate like object 2) something to drink out of 3) a utensil to eat with. There are papers with numbers 1-7 to draw for a paper bag.
For the plates I have used a pie tin, muffin tin, cutting board, griddle, fry pan, casserole dish etc. For utensils we have a ladle, tongs, meat fork, tablespoon, spatula, an ice cream scoop... For glasses we have an egg separator, a jar used to sprinkle pd. sugar, a pitcher, a thermos, a tiny cup, a vase and oh how I wish we still had a baby bottle or sippy cup.
Everyone picks a number. I explain that the numbers correspond to a bag which contains everything that they will eat with tonight. Oh the eruption of giggles when they opened their bags! The chitter-chatter at my table was fast and furious as all showed how they had the worst collection and there was "NO WAY" they could eat with what they had. My husband and I dished the food. (We had to be careful where it went on some of the plates) Giggles turned into confidence. "Hey look at me!" was heard over and over. The silliness of the evening turned into stunts at the table, such as spoon hanging or balancing things on our heads.

Result? Definitely a do again. It was a ton of fun and not much harder than setting the table. The jury is still out on the Chicken Supreme Pie. It was super filling...How can you go wrong with chicken, bacon, and mozzarella? I guess I would have liked it a bit more exciting or savory. Well, for the meat and potatoes folks, I'll share the recipe because it was easy, everyone ate it and it was different.

Chicken Supreme Pie
4 cups cooked cubed chicken
15 slices bacon, fried & crumbled
2 cups Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2-1 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 eggs

Mix all ingredients together and put aside.
Take a 10-12 inch greased springform pan. Cut 1/3 off the end of the loaf leaving 2/3 for the bottom of the pie. Roll the 2/3 portion into a large circle. Place in the bottom of the pan and press the dough up the sides of the pan half way or more.

Place filling inside dough.

Roll the 1/3 portion into a circle and cut it into 8 pie shaped triangles. Take the triangles and overlap them on top of the filling. Seal the bottom crust to the top crust by pinching the ends together like you would a regular pie crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Serves 8 hearty servings.


  1. I have always enjoyed those too. I think my husband would like the pie.

  2. What a fun idea, I'll have to try it with my boys.