A couple of weeks ago, I sat my family down in front of the TV. Each member was present, ages 5 up to 39 all living and breathing together in the same space.
The occasion? A little family movie night, of course. Because every family likes movies, right? And I really wanted them all to watch this wonderful little ditty you may or may not have seen this year called The Help. Because every living and breathing person walking the planet should at some time or another watch The Help. It’s that good, as I’m sure 99% of you can attest to.
So we watched it.
And I kept sneaking a peak around the room now and then to see if they liked it and if they thought “The Terrible Awful” was as hysterical as I did (especially when Hilly’s Mama busts up laughing at her own daughter enjoying The Terrible Awful right then and there…best part of the show. FYI.)
I quietly glanced around during the sad parts, and the really meaningful parts and the tender parts and the amazing parts. Because a mother like me wants to know how her family will take to a show like this.
And so, when it was over I very casually said…
“Well, guys. What did you think?”
To which they responded with all manner of things like…
That was really cool, I LOVED IT, Why did all those ladies HAVE to be maids, That Hilly chic was a snot, That’s got to be one of my top ten favorite movies ever, and so on and so forth.
Then we chatted about the Civil Rights Movement and other intelligent things and we laughed about The Terrible Awful and it was a really fun night.
The next day I heard my little twin boys in the next room saying to each other…
“You is KIND
You is SMART and
You is IMPORTANT”
They even said it with a southern accent. I’m not kidding.
Aren’t they SO brilliant and sweet! I thought. They remembered the most important part of the show! I guess they are like wise beyond their years and they will most likely win the Nobel Peace Prize when they are older, or at the very least be The Presidents Of The United States. Together even, like at the same time.
Then I heard them laughing and laughing and one said to the other…
“That was the funniest part of the show! Let’s say it again…hahahhahahahahahahaha! You is kind….hahahhahha. You is smart….hahhahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!”
Well, maybe the whole concept of the show is a little bit much for two five year olds to understand, right? Do you think they can still be The Presidents of The United States?
I guess I shouldn’t hold my breath.
If you are looking for a meal the whole family will love and praise you for, this is it. It comes together very quickly, tastes absolutely divine and gets 7 thumbs up around here every time I make it.
What’s not to love about that.
Serve up a nice slice of Chocolate Pie for dessert and I’m sure it will be a meal to remember. Might even turn your children into Presidents of The United States…or something like that.
Chicken Stuffed Crescent Rolls
Time: 15 min. prep + 20 min. cooking
Yield: 16 Rolls
Recipe adapted from Heather Peterson and Cindi Schut
***NOTE: This recipe freezes well. To freeze, follow the recipe instructions for the stuffed rolls completely…assemble and bake the rolls as instructed. Allow them to cool and then carefully place them in freezer safe zip loc bags. When you are ready to use them, remove them from the bag and pop them into either the microwave for 2-3 minutes or put them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or so until they have heated through. The sauce doesn’t hold up to freezing very well. It’s best to make it fresh when you are ready to serve.
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 (12 ounce) cans chicken
1/3 C green onions
salt and pepper
2 (12 ounce) packages Big and Flaky Crescent Rolls
4 T melted butter
2 C crushed corn flake crumbs
1 (10 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
3 T sour cream
2 T butter
1 T milk
1. Toss 2 packages of softened cream cheese into a large mixing bowl, or into your stand mixer.
2. Open up two cans of chicken and drain the juices into the sink. Pour the chicken into your bowl.
3. Toss 1/3 cup sliced green onions into the bowl
and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
4. Take two forks and mix it all together if you are mixing in a regular bowl. If you are using a stand mixer, let it mix on low for a couple of minutes or until all ingredients are combined.
5. Pop open (and I mean pop) your packages of crescent roll dough.
Gently pull one triangle of dough from the roll.
6. Spray a rolling pin with some cooking spray and roll the triangle out just a bit.
7. Scoop about 3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of the triangle.
8. Roll it up from the bottom to the top.
Press the corners in and make sure that all of the chicken filling is secure inside the dough. You don’t want any chicken filling to show, lest it come leaking out while it bakes and botch up your plans for a dinner extraordinaire.
9. Toss about 2 cups of corn flakes into a small food processor. Chop them up until they resemble coarse crumbs, then pour them into a loaf pan.
10. Flatten the stuffed dough out a bit and gently dunk it into the 4 tablespoons of melted butter.
Dip the buttered roll into the corn flake crumbs. Be sure that both sides are coated well.
11. Spray 2 large cooking sheets with cooking spray and lay the corn flake covered, chicken stuffed crescent rolls of wonder out onto the pan. Make sure there is about an inch of space surrounding each little roll.
12. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the dough is cooked and a bit crispy and the chicken mixture is heated through.
13. In a medium sized sauce pan combine 1 can cream of chicken soup, 3 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon of milk. Whisk the ingredients together.
14. Get your pan onto the stove top and heat the sauce up over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.
15. Pour the sauce over the baked crescent rolls.