Cranberry Stuffed French Toast with Minted Whipped Cream and Cranberry “Sauce”

By Stephanie Snipes

Ingredients:

4 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

pinch of salt

1 TBS. fresh lemon juice

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

4-6 fresh mint leaves

1 cup heavy cream

4-6 fresh mint leaves

3 TBS powdered sugar

1 loaf challah bread

3 egg yolks

1 ½ cups milk

3 TBS. brown sugar

1 TBS. vanilla

2 TBS butter, melted

2 TBS butter (for pan)

Directions:

To Make Cranberry “Sauce”: Combine cranberries, sugar, salt and water in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce temperature to medium and let simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve reserving the liquid in a small bowl. Add lemon juice. Set aside to cool.

To Make Cream Cheese Filling: Place boiled cranberries in a food processor and blend until they form a paste. Combine ¼ - ½ of cranberry paste, the softened cream cheese and a pinch of salt and mix well (start with ¼ cup and taste. Add additional cranberry to desired flavor). Place cream cheese mixture in a piping bag (or zipper top bag) and place in fridge until you’re ready to use it.

To Make Powdered Sugar: Combine powdered sugar and mint in a food processor and blend until well combined. Set aside.

To Make Whipped Cream: Combine heavy cream and mint leaves in a heavy bottom pot. Bring to just a simmer and then take cream off heat. Let mint steep in hot liquid for 15 minutes. Remove mint leaves and put cream in a bowl. Set in refrigerator until cold (this can be done a day ahead). Before serving French toast whip the cream. Combine cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high until medium peaks form.

To Make French Toast: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Slice challah bread into 1 ½ inch slices (one loaf should give you 5-6 slices). Place bread on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Once cool use a paring knife to slice through the bottom crust of each piece of bread horizontally. This will create a pocket to hold your cream cheese. Get the cream cheese from the fridge and snip the end of the piping bag (or corner of zipper bag) and squeeze about 2 TBS of filling into each piece of bread. Set aside.

In a 9x13 glass dish combine the milk, egg yolks, brown sugar, vanilla, butter and a pinch of salt. Whisk until combined. Melt 2 TBS of butter in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Take the stuffed bread and soak each side in the custard mixture for 20-25 seconds. Place in hot pan and cook until golden brown on each side. (You may have to do this in 2 batches. If so, you can put finished French toast in a 200 degree oven to keep warm until you’re finished).

To Serve: Place a piece of the French toast on a plate and sprinkle on some of the mint powdered sugar. Top with cranberry “sauce” and a dollop of whipped cream. Add some fresh mint to garnish.

 

Cranberry french toast
 
 

Lamb and Mint Meatballs with Cranberry Mint Tomato Sauce

By Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

Challah Breadcrumbs

1 loaf of challah bread

Meatballs

2lbs ground lamb

2 TBS dried minced onion

1/2 cup challah breadcrumbs

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

3 TBS chopped fresh mint

1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

1 TBS chopped and smashed fresh garlic

Zest from 1 medium Meyer lemon

2 eggs

Cranberry Tomato Sauce

10 ounces dried cranberries

2 cups water

2 fresh mint leaves, whole

1/2 onion, thinly sliced

1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce

Juice of 1 medium Meyer lemon

1 tsp. chopped fresh mint

1/4 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

1/8 tsp. chipotle chili powder

Directions:

For the breadcrumbs: Preheat oven to 375. Slice challah and toast in the oven for 7 minutes. Pulse pieces in the food processor until you have broken up the large chunks. Spread back out onto a sheet pan and bake for another 7 minutes. Pulse the crumbs through the food processor again and store in an air tight container.

For the meatballs: Mix all ingredients together, form into 12 large meatballs and place in a single layer in a casserole dish. Set aside. 

For the sauce: In a small sauce pan, simmer the cranberries, water and whole mint leaves until the cranberries are plump and soft. 20-30 minutes. Cool the mixture and puree in the food processor until smooth. This should make about 2 cups of puree.

Separately saute the onions in olive oil or butter until they begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Mix in the tomato sauce, 1 1/2 cups of the cranberry puree and simmer for another 5 minutes, until well combined.  Add the lemon juice, mint, rosemary and chipotle powder. Simmer another 5 minutes and remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the casserole dish, spooning it over to make sure each meatball is coated in sauce.

Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes, ensuring that the meatballs cook to 160 degrees. My handy Thermapen made sure these were cooked perfectly!

Serve in a bowl with plenty of sauce and toasted challah for mopping up the sauce. It would be yummy and even more hearty served over polenta!

 

IMG_4682.JPG

Roasted Veggie and Farro Bowl with Chicken and Goat Cheese
Servings: 4 servings

By: Stephanie Snipes

Cook’s notes:

Look for a quick cook farro. Trader Joe’s has a good 10 minute version. You could also substitute with brown rice. Look for frozen brown rice to make this extra fast.

Rotisserie chicken works well in this dish.

Don’t’ like goat cheese, try feta!


Ingredients:

For Veggies:

2 cups Brussels sprouts, quartered

2 large carrots, cut into ¼ inch rounds

2 cups cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces

1 ½ TBS olive oil

salt and pepper

For Vinaigrette:

2 teaspoons lemon zest

3 TBS lemon juice

1 TBS fresh thyme, minced
5 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons; 20g)
1/4 cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

For Assembling:
3 cups cooked farro

4 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded

3 green onions, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)

4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)

½ cup fresh parsley, minced



Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss veggies with olive oil and spread evenly on a foil lined sheet pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes.

While veggies are roasting make vinaigrette. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme and garlic in a bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in olive oil to form an emulsified vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Time to assemble. Mix together farro, chicken, green onion and roasted veggies. Poor on vinaigrette and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with parsley and goat cheese and toss lightly.

 

image2.jpeg

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

By: Stephanie Snipes

Cook’s notes:

This soup will freeze well. Try doubling the recipe so you can throw some in the freezer to have on hand when you need it.

The heavy cream is optional in this soup. It adds a wonderful creaminess but is fine to omit. You’ll still get lots of good flavor

Rotisserie chicken is an excellent choice to make this soup easy to prepare.

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped celery (about 3-4 stalks)
2 cups chopped carrots (about 3 large carrots)
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
Salt
Pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup wild rice
2 quarts chicken stock
2 cups water

1 bay leaf
4 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 cup heavy cream (optional)

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the celery, carrots, onion and thyme. Add some salt and pepper and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes, until veggies soften. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes.

Add the wild rice. Then, stir in stock and water. Add bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Add the chicken and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the wild rice is cooked, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Remove bay leaf. Stir in the cream, if using, and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

 

Proscuitto and Pesto Wrap

Cook’s Notes:

Any flavor tortilla or wrap would work nicely here. Try spinach or sun dried tomato

Be careful with adding your additional salt. Proscuitto and pesto can be salty on their own. Give a little taste of each to see if additional seasoning is needed.

Ingredients:

4 tortillas, any flavor

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 TBS pesto

4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

½ red onion, thinly sliced

1 tomato, thinly sliced

1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 cup arugula

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Mix together cream cheese and pesto. Spread ¼ of the mixture over each tortilla. Then top with prosciutto, onion, tomato, cucumber and arugula. Season with salt and pepper. Roll tortillas burrito style – nice and tight. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Slice each in half and serve.

 

Smoked Chicken and Fig Cauliflower Pizza

By: Dani Siegel

Cook's notes:

If you don't like cauliflower pizza crust, use regular crust and enjoy!

Smoked chicken can be found in the deli or in the smoked meat section, near the pre-cooked hams.

White pizza sauce can be found with the regular pizza sauce at the store!

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower pizza crust

1 bag of refrigerated pizza dough

1/2 cup smoked chicken

1/4 cup of jarred white pizza sauce

1/4 cup of smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded

4-6 dried figs, thinly sliced

1/8 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Balsamic vinegar

Arugula

Directions:

On the frozen cauliflower crust, start with a thin layer of the white pizza sauce. Add the smoked mozzerella, and then sprinkle on the smoked chicken and sliced figs. Dot the goat cheese all across the top and bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes.

When the pizza is done, top with arugula and a drizzle of balsamic.

 

Meatballs

By: Dani Siegel

Cook's notes:

To make meatball night even faster, check your butcher’s counter in the meat department of your grocery store. Many grocery stores are now carrying fresh meat that has already been seasoned and just needs to be cooked.

Skip making sauce unless you love to make sauce and have time on the weekend. There are lots of good jarred versions available. Dani’s favorite is Rao’s.

Go ahead and mix and cook your meatballs over the weekend. Once they have cooled, bag them up and freeze them. 

Ingredients:

1lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork, or ground pork sausage

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 eggs

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 cup parmesan cheese + more for serving

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together well in a bowl. Form 14-16 medium sized meatballs, or 12 large and arrange in a baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Bake meatballs for 35-40 minutes at 375.

Warm sauce and toss finished meatballs in sauce before serving.

 

To serve:

Serve them as-is with a side salad or sweet potato fries.

Meatball sandwiches: arrange meatballs and heated sauce in soft sub rolls and top with provolone or mozzerella cheese. 

Make polenta: follow the instructions on your box of polenta and serve the meatballs on top with sauce.

 

chorizoeggtaco.jpg

Chorizo and Egg Taco

By: Stephanie Snipes

Cook’s notes:

Monterrey jack cheese works well in this too. Add shredded cheese as the first layer on the tortilla before eggs. The heat from the tortilla will help melt the cheese.

Ingredients:

6 ounces chorizo sausage

8 (6 inch) corn tortillas

6 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 TBS butter

1 cup queso fresco

1/2 cup cilantro

Hot sauce

 

Directions:

Crumble the chorizo into a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until evenly brown and crispy. Place chorizo in a small bowl and set aside. Wipe inside of pan with a paper towel to clean out.

Heat the same skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and milk until combined. Add butter to pan. When melted add eggs and stir until just cooked. Take off heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place eggs in small bowl and wipe out pan with a paper towel.

Place pan back on heat and lay corn tortillas inside. Heat until warmed about 20-30 seconds on each side.

Assemble tacos. Top warm tortillar with scrambled eggs, then chorizo. Add cilantro and queso. Add hot sauce if you’d like a little extra heat.

Brisket Breakfast Tacos

By: Dani Siegel

Cook's notes:

Cook the brisket over the weekend, shred it, bag it up and freeze it. Pull out what you need as you go!

Ingredients

For the Brisket:

1 10-12 pound beef brisket

1 cup orange juice

1 cup soy sauce

2 cans beef consume

6-8 whole garlic cloves

1 Tablespoon liquid smoke

1 14.5oz can crushed fire roasted tomatoes

For the sauce:

2 ripe avocados

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 TBS sour cream

For the tacos:

Eggs (1 for each taco you want to make)

Fire roasted salsa

Blue or yellow corn tortillas

Cilantro

Lime wedges

Directions:

For the brisket:

Combine all of the ingredients for the brisket together in a large roasting pan. Add the brisket, fat side up, to the liquid, cover with foil and marinate for at least 24 hours. When ready to cook, pull out the roasting pan and bring to room temperature before putting it in a 300 degree oven for about 4 hours, or 35-40 minutes per pound. When done the meat will be fork tender. Remove from the roasting pan and slice off the fat cap, and then shred the meat and store it with some of the juices. 

For the Sauce:

Mash the avocado, lime juice and zest and sour cream together until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Assembly:

Scramble 1 egg with a splash of milk, salt and pepper for each taco you are serving. Add cheese to the eggs if you like!

Warm your tortillas in the oven or in a warm pan. 

Layer the brisket, avocado sauce and egg in a warm tortilla. Top with sour cream, salsa, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Sure, you can add cheese, but this is really good without it!

 

Peanut Butter Banana Bites with Chocolate

By: Stephanie Snipes

Makes ~25

Ingredients:

3 large bananas, sliced into ½ inch rounds.

½ cup peanut butter

½ cup chocolate, melted

1 tablespoon coconut oil

¼ sprinkles

Place a sheet of wax paper on a large baking sheet and set aside.

Assembly:

Create “sandwiches”:  

Spread peanut butter on a slice of banana, then top with another slice.

Lay the bites on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for an hour.

Prepare chocolate:

In a small microwave proof bowl, combine chocolate with coconut oil and place in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for another 20 seconds, if necessary. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Let stand for a few minutes until chocolate has cooled slightly.  

Remove frozen banana sandwiches from the freezer. Dip the bites into the melted chocolate, place back on the wax paper. Top with a few sprinkles.  Freeze for an additional hour.

Store in freezer for up to 2 weeks.

 

Apple Sandwiches

By: Stephanie Snipes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds

1 teaspoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons cookie butter (or your favorite nut butter)

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

4 tablespoons granola

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Assembly:

Brush apples slices with lemon juice (this will keep them from turning brown).

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with cookie butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

 

Roasted Chickpeas

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

2 cans chickpeas

1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite seasoning. Bridgeport Seasoning is a We Like Food favorite!

Drizzle of olive oil

Directions:

Drain and rinse 2 cans of chickpeas. Pat dry with a paper towel. 

Heat a sheet pan in the oven while the oven heats up.

Toss the chickpeas in a bowl with the olive oil and seasoning.

Spread evenly on the sheet pan and roast at 400 for 20-30 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time to ensure parts of the peas don’t burn.

 

Peach Pops

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peach or nectarine juice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 10 ounce bag frozen peaches, thawed OR 2 cups peeled fresh peaches

3/4 cup greek yogurt

1 lemon, zested and juiced

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add more agave nectar if your peaches weren’t sweet enough. Add more lemon juice or zest if you like it more tart!

Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 12 hours.

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pistachio Crust

By: Stephanie Snipes

Ingredients:

1 cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped

¾ cup panko bread crumbs

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

½ cup cream cheese, softened

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 TBS. parsley, minced

1 TBS. basil, torn into small pieces

Salt and pepper

toothpicks

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Combine pistachios, panko and salt and pepper on a small plate and mix together thoroughly. Set aside. Whisk egg and a teaspoon of water in separate bowl. Set aside.

Combine cream cheese, garlic, parsley and basil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Lay chicken breasts flat on a cutting board and make a small pocket in the side with a sharp paring knife.  Be sure not to cut all the way through the chicken. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.

Stuff ¼ of cream cheese mixture into each chicken breast. Close pocket opening and secure with a toothpick.

Dip chicken in egg mixture. Then, transfer chicken to pistachio mix. Press pistachios all over chicken breast. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Place chicken on a foil lined sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Spinach Salad with Tzatziki Chicken

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

Baby Spinach
Chicken Tenders

Tzatziki Sauce:

1/2 Hot House Cucumber, grated
1 C Greek yogurt
1/2 c sour cream
1/4 tsp chopped garlic
1 T freshly chopped dill
1 T freshly chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste

Relish:
1/2 Hot House Cucumber, chopped
1/2 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 T freshly chopped dill
1 T freshly chopped chives
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients for the relish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

In a freezer bag, marinate the chicken tenders in 3/4 c of the sauce for at least 2 hours.
Remove from the marinade and grill for 2-3 minutes per side. Slice and serve.

Build the salad with the baby spinach first, then the relish, then the sliced chicken.
Top with the sauce as desired.

 

Chicken Pad See Ew

By: Stephanie Snipes

Cook’s note:

Sweet soy sauce can be found in some grocery stores and amazon.com

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons sweet soy sauce

2 chicken breasts, sliced into thin pieces

1 egg white

8-ounce package wide rice noodles

2  cups broccoli, cooked

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 egg

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Place chicken, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, an egg white and garlic in a small bowl and let marinate for 30 minutes.

After chicken is done marinating, place the noodles in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak until white and soft, about 10 minutes. Be careful not to oversoak or the noodles will overcook and get mushy. Drain and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chicken mixture and cook until the chicken is almost done. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the pan. Stirring constantly, add the whole egg, the rice noodles, remaining soy sauce, oyster sauce and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the chicken and broccoli. Cook this until the chicken is white and tender. Serve immediately.

 

Butter Chicken

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

1 TBS freshly ground ginger

1 TBS Garam Masala

2 tsp ground coriander seeds

1 tsp ground chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin seeds

1 TBS minced garlic

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cardamom

3 black peppercorns

3/4 cup plain yogurt

3 TBS tomato paste

1 lb chicken breasts, cubed

2/3 cup unsalted butter

1 TBS vegetable oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2/3 cup water

3 bay leaves

2/3 cup heavy cream

Directions:

In a dry skillet on low heat, toast the Garam Masala, ground coriander, chili powder, cumin, cardamom and peppercorns until they just become fragrant, moving them around in the pain often as it warms. Be careful to use low heat,and pull the skillet off the heat as soon as you start to smell your spices. Burnt spices don't taste very good.

Mix the grated ginger, toasted spices, garlic, and salt in a bowl.  Add the yogurt and tomato paste and mix well.  Add the chicken and mix to coat.  Marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

Heat the butter and oil in a large, deep skillet, or a braiser, if you have one. Add the onions and cook on medium-high until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Turn the heat up to high and add the chicken and the marinade.  Stir constantly for 5 minutes or so until the ingredients are fully incorporated together and bubbling.  Lower the heat to medium and add the water and bay leaves.  Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the cream and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Taste it and add salt if needed.

Serve with spiced rice.

Spiced Rice
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups water
5 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 TBS salt

Heat the oil, cloves, bay leaf, salt and cinnamon in a pot.  Add the rice and stir to coat.  Add water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and cover for 20 minutes.

 

Chicken Paprikash

By: Stephanie Snipes


Ingredients:

8 slices bacon, cut in thin strips

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons paprika

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut in quarters

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

8 ounces egg noodles, cooked (to serve)

Directions:

Saute bacon in a large pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until soft. About 5-6 minutes. Combine the flour, oregano, paprika and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; add the chicken and toss to coat.

Remove bacon mixture from the pan and set aside. Heat pan to medium high and add chicken thigh mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add bacon mixture back the pan and stir together. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Make sure to give it a good stir so the flour is fully incorporated to the broth. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 6-8 minutes.


When chicken is done stir in the sour cream and parsley and cook a few minutes more until fully incorporated. Serve over egg noodles.

 

Something Like Thai Soup

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs – chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

2 medium waxy potatoes, diced

1 medium carrot, diced

4 stalks of lemon grass, white parts only – whole

1 small can water chestnuts, drained

Zest and Juice of 2 limes

1 small can sliced bamboo, drained

2 TBS crushed red pepper flakes

2 cans coconut milk

6 cups chicken broth

Vegetable oil

Salt and Pepper

Coat the bottom of a heavy soup pot with the vegetable oil and add the red pepper flakes, heat until the peppers begin to sizzle. Sprinkle the diced chicken with salt and pepper and add to the oil, stirring to separate the chicken. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the chopped onion, bell pepper, carrot and potato. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the lemon grass. Cover with chicken broth. While the soup begins to heat back up, add the zest, lime juice, bamboo and water chestnuts. Bring to a boil and cook for 5- 7 minutes. Add the coconut milk, cook for 3 minutes more, remove the lemongrass and serve.

 

Chicken Pot Pie With Savory Crumble Topping

By: Stephanie Snipes

Inspired by America’s Test Kitchen: Chicken Pot Pie with Savory Crumble Topping
 

Ingredients:

Filling:

4 cups cooked chicken breasts, cubed

3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

2 small celery ribs, chopped

Table salt and ground black pepper

1 teaspoon tomato paste

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons lemon juice

¼ cup minced fresh parsley leaves

Crumble Topping:
2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled

3/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Make the topping:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, and paprika in the bowl of a food processor.  Add butter. Pulse until mixture is combined and resembles sand. Add cream and stir until just combined. Pour mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Pinch together clumps of the mixture to form ½ inch crumbles. Bake until fragrant and starting to brown, 13-15 minutes. Set aside.

Make the filling:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, carrots and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 5-6 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat butter in the same pan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, stir in flour and cook 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk. Bring to simmer, scraping pan bottom with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Simmer until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice, parsley, chicken and vegetable mix to the sauce.

Pour mixture into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Spread crumble topping evenly over filling. Bake until filling is bubbling and topping is well browned, 15-20 minutes.

 

Chicken and Dumplings

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts on the bone

4 quarts chicken broth

3 TBS butter

3 TBS olive oil

4 TBS flour + more for rolling biscuits

1 TBS minced garlic

1 large onion, diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced

2 stalks celery, diced

Salt and Pepper

2 cans refrigerated biscuits

Directions:

In a large stock pot, cover the chicken with water. Add salt and pepper and cover with a lid. Boil the chicken until done – about 30 minutes.
Drain the chicken and set aside to cool before pulling it apart.

In the same pot, heat the olive oil and butter and add the onion, garlic, carrots and celery. Saute 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.

On a floured surface, roll out each biscuit until about 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut lengthwise in half and then across. (you should be able to get 8 to 10 dumplings from each biscuit) Re-flour your surface often to ensure each dumpling is coated with flour. The flour makes the broth thick later on!

Pull the chicken apart and chop into finer pieces depending on your texture preference, discarding any fatty or tough pieces.
Add the chicken to boiling stock

Slowly drop in 3 to 4 dumplings at a time. Once all of the dumplings are in, cover (and resist the urge to stir) and just leave it alone for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, open the lid and stir the dumplings around gently. Cover the pot and let them cook for another 10 minutes.

You can serve immediately or let it cool and refrigerate. To heat it up for the next day, reheat on the stove or pour it into a crock pot and reheat it for about 2 hours on medium before serving.

 

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Pan Sauce

By: Stephanie Snipes

Ingredients:

For chicken:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Salt and pepper

For sauce:

2 teaspoon2 vegetable oil

1 small shallot, minced

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced

Directions:

For chicken:
Season each side of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan and cook for 5 minutes. Turn chicken over; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan and cover with aluminum foil.

Make sauce:
Add oil, shallot, and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Add flour and sauté for 1 minute. Add wine to pan; cook for 2-3 minutes until liquid almost evaporates, stirring constantly. Whisk in stock and bring to a boil. Make sure and scrape brown bits from bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5-6 minutes or until reduced slightly and thickened. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley. Serve on top of chicken.

 

Chicken Chili

By: Dani Siegel

Ingredients:

1lb ground chicken

1 small onion

1/2 large green bell pepper

1/2 tsp ground chipotle

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

4 TBS flour

1 jar salsa verde

1 can white kidney beans, drained

2 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Lime wedges, sour cream, crumbled queso fresco

 

Directions:

Heat a soup pot with just enough oil to cover the bottom and add the pepper and onion. Cook for about 2 minutes and then add the ground chicken, breaking it apart with the back of a wooden spoon. Once the chicken is cooked through, add salt and pepper, the ground chipotle and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and then add the flour, fully coating the top of everything in the pot. Stir again to combine and let cook for another 2 minutes. Add the salsa and beans, stirring between them. Add the chicken stock and cook for about 3 minutes to bring it back up to a boil. Salt and pepper the chili to your taste. Stir in the heavy cream, reduce the heat to medium low and cover the pot for about 10 minutes. Give it a taste test and add more salt and pepper if needed. If you don’t like it spicy, leave off the chipotle powder. Serve with warmed tortilla chips, a squeeze of lime, some crumbled queso fresco, a little sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro on top.