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From The Kitchens of Taylorsville & Bennion

Jan 09, 2015 11:45AM ● Published by City of Taylorsville

This month’s historic recipe is from the kitchen of former Taylorsville resident Defonda Collier. She and her husband Ted lived on 4800 South, in the Historic District of Taylorsville. She was an accomplished genealogist with a passion for detail and exactness. She had a love and appreciation for music that lasted throughout her life. She attended a summer session at Utah State Agricultural College in Cache County in 1924, which influenced her passion for children's literature. 

While raising her young family, she was instrumental in starting a young mother’s book group/organization in Salt Lake and this group continued uninterrupted for more than 60 years. Her collection of children's literature contained rare and out-of-print volumes and was donated to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.

The following recipe was enjoyed by her five children and 40 grandchildren.

Here is Defonda’s Chicken Casserole Recipe:

Line a baking dish with a bread crumb dressing made as follows:

Brown an onion in butter or margarine. 
Add soft bread crumbs seasoned with sage, salt, and pepper. 
Mix well then add about ½ cup cream or evaporated milk.

Make a creamed chicken mixture as follows:

1 quart chicken broth.
1 cup cream thickened. 

Add chopped chicken meat and ½ cup onion browned in butter or margarine.
Season with salt, bit of green pepper or parsley, if desired, and pour over the dressing. 
Reserve some of the crumbs for the top.
Bake ½ hour or until light brown and garnish with pimiento strips or stuffed olives.

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