Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gentleman's Casserole for Father's Day

For Father's Day, I made a super- easy,  no-sew table runner out of some leftover chalk cloth.  It fits perfectly on my kitchen island.  I scalloped the edges by using a glass, marking the design and cutting it out.  Snack plates (Trade Days) are used, with the rooster mugs (Ross) and striped napkins bought years ago, on clearance,  at Sur la Table.  The heart basket was made back in 1985, when I lived in Michigan,  before moving to Texas. 

Of course my hubby is a Dad worth crowing about!  This runner would be great for a buffet in labeling food, cheese, and special messages for  family and friends.  The fabric can be ordered at .  I marked one short side and long side, folded it in half, marked the opposite sides, and cut it out.  Make sure you rub the chalk cloth all over with chalk to season it, wipe it off and then it's ready for writing.

This recipe is aptly named and perfect for Father's Day, although, I must say,  women like it, too!! It's really a misnomer because it's actually NOT a casserole at all.  The recipe comes from my Southern Living Cooking for Christmas 2012. The cheese sauce is truly delicious!  You can bake the pastry shells the day before and then just reheat on a baking sheet at 350 for 5 minutes.  You could instead, hard cook the eggs, chop them up and add them to the sauce, which would be really easy.  Here's how it's made:

For 2 servings:  (You can easily double this recipe)

1 package of frozen puff pastry shells
1 T. butter
1/3 cup chopped cooked ham
1 T. chopped green onions
4 eggs

Cheddar Cheese Sauce (recipe follows)

1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (see NOTE)
Dash of paprika
Chopped green onion, for garnish

Bake 4 of the pastry shells and reserve the remainder for another use.

Melt butter in a nonstick skillet. Add ham and green onions. Sauté 2 minutes or until green onions are tender. Add eggs and cook gently, without stirring for 1-2 minutes or until they begin to set on the bottom. Draw cooked edges away from sides of pan to form large pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1-2 minutes, or until eggs are thickened and are moist. Gently stir in cheddar cheese sauce.

Spoon egg mixture into prepared pastry shells. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Garnish with green onions.

Cheddar Cheese Sauce

3/4 cup milk
1 T. butter
1T. flour
1/2 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese (see NOTE)
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper

Microwave milk for 1 minute in a 2-cup microwave- safe glass measuring cup.

Melt butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in warm milk, whisking constantly for 3-5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, whisk in cheese, salt and pepper.

NOTE:  Gruyere cheese can be substituted. 

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              Thank you for  your visit!  xo


  1. I didn't know about chalk cloth Kitty, I think that's cool! Really like the idea of using it on a buffet too! Dinner sounds great and the snack plates are cute:@)

  2. Oh Kitty - what a perfect brunch dish - and I am having friends over for tea next week and an overnight - so I may try this for the next morning - ? Maybe. I may opt out and do something super easy like a Continental breakfast. We'll see what I have time to figure out!

    Thanks for the idea on the neat runner - what a GREAT idea!

  3. This sounds and looks so good and easy. Your table is perfect! Thanks for sharing.


  4. Kitty....
    yummy....and chalk cloth is new to me....very cool...
    Love, Mona

  5. Put me on the list of having never heard of chalk cloth! What a fabulous find and I adore your scalloped edge. I definitely need some of this. How fun to be able to use it over and over for so many things.

    The food is so fabulous. I must be starving because I am definitely drooling over the keyboard.

  6. Kitty - you are just SO creative! I am still giggling over that chalk cloth...and thinking of how to use it. Amazing! I am always learning something from you. The scalloped edges are so darn cute...and creative to make them too. This dish looks absolutely wonderful too. I am very thankful you share your lovely creations with all of us. Very NICE!

  7. Kitty, this is adorable, love the crowing! thanks for the info about the chalkboard fabric, I have always wanted to do that for a party~ your dish sounds VERY yummo, I guess I need to make something special for my hubbie Sunday, this just might be perfect! Thanks so much, your table is perfect!

  8. Oh yummy!!! I've got some of the chalk fabric somewhere! Now where???? LOL. Did you cut out the full length and then mark the scallops? Either way,, great great idea. Love this. You always inspire me. xo marlis

  9. Yummy! I must really be out of the loop, never heard of chalk fabric, but then again, I don't sew, so there is no need to know these things, is there!
    Have a great week, Kitty...

  10. That chalk cloth is so creative! You rooster is wonderful and I love anything with puff pastry! Hope your hubby's has a wonderful Father's Day!

  11. Oh the recipe looks and sounds so good! Your table looks so pretty and using chalk cloth, what a neat idea! Thanks so much for sharing all your lovely ideas!

  12. The food looks delish, Kitty. Love the table setting too. Christine

  13. The rooster are darling. you can't go wrong with cheese sauce....LOL
    Love the table Kitty. Chalk cloth is new to me. Enjoy Father's day. I hope your hubby is feeling ok. xo Linda

  14. Wow chalk cloth! I didn't know it existed. Thanks for posting. Love the trays also.

  15. What fun Kitty! I've never heard of chalk cloth~ what a perfect way to make a table runner for a cheese or wine tasting! Your shells with cheese sauce sound delicious!

  16. Chalk cloth?? Have you yakked about that before and I missed it? I have never seen such a thing and think it is entirely too cool. I must pin this recipe to try because it looks like comfort food to me. Yum.

  17. Kitty, chalk cloth is new to me. What a great idea though! I think I'll order some. Thanks for the link.
    Your theme is perfect for Dad's Day. I often use that saying since so many roosters are around here. In fact it was my invitation for my mom's 90th birthday party.
    Thanks for sharing. I see I've some catching up to do on some recent posts I've missed. ~ Sarah

  18. Hi Kitty,

    Wow! How many amazing and informative things did I learn here today! Opportunities to be creative with chalk cloth and a scrumptious new recipe - thanks so much for sharing!


  19. You are light years ahead of me my friend! I had never heard of chalk cloth, but I am loving it! Your theme is perfect for Fathers Day, and I know you and your family will make it very special for your hubby. The recipe sounds so yummy! xo

  20. Chalk CLOTH??? Well, I never !! :)
    This is just adorable....and that recipe sounds awesome...

  21. This recipe is a keeper! I love anything made with puff pastry! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful delicious recipes on my blog linky parties!!! You rock!

  22. Chalk Cloth..that's a new one for me. I'll look into it. I'm always elated that you share your wonderful recipes. This one I think that I can make. Cherry Kay

  23. Kitty:
    This would be one incredible breakfast - just wonderful! So glad you shared this at Open House and would you believe we ate frozen waffles for dinner?

  24. I love the runner and the casserole sounds better than delicious. I can tell it will be a Happy Father's Day in your house. I am now on google+ and I have a facebook "fan" page I hope you will join me in both spots. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  25. That runner is soooo cute, and I didn't know there was such a thing as chalk cloth. I'm going to have to get some of that. I'm pinning that picture. Thanks so much for telling me about it. That casserole sounds so good. I'm saving this recipe. laurie

  26. Hi Kitty,
    Thanks for the great recipe. I guess Gruyeré is the best substitue to the cheddar.


    Happy w/end.
    /CC girl

  27. Hi Kitty,
    I pinned your table cloth that is so cute! Your Gentlemans Casserole would sure be a hit with the Gentleman here. Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  28. What a genius idea, Kitty! I love it :) I will have to remember this sweet idea for birthdays or other celebrations. And your food, as always, looks very yummy. Enjoy your week. Hugs to you!

  29. Wow!!! This looks delish! I'm visiting from Stone Gable Blog....I bet this would also be great over biscuits. Yummy!

  30. Gosh, chalk cloth is new to me. What a great idea and cute runner. The Gentleman's Casserole look yummy...gotta try this recipe. Thanks!

  31. Love the chalk cloth, how fun is that. The casserole sounds so good too, i need to give this one a try. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  32. Yum Kitty, looks and sounds delicious! Love the chalk cloth. Never knew there was such a thing. I thought you had painted it. The scalloped border is so cute. Bet hubby was very pleased! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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