Chicken Jambalaya

August 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm (Chicken, Entrees, Fish/Seafood, Pork)

My first attempt at Jambalaya.  The problem…I had 4 pounds of smoked sausage in my fridge (thank you Publix sale and coupons), and I needed to find a new way to make it.  I’d mentioned it in the past to my hubby, on nights that I worked, “well, there’s that summer sausage in the fridge if you need something to make for you and the kids.”  And there it sat when I returned home.  Sigh.  No bites, I suppose.  I came up with Jambalaya thanks to an ingredient search on allrecipes.com.  I was a bit of a skeptic at first…wasn’t exactly sure if the family would revolt about ‘weird’ food being set before them, but oh well.  It sounded like a winner, and momma rolled with it.

It was deamed a success.  Hubby loved it (test #1), kids ate it without throwing up at the table (test #2…odd sounding, yet I speak from past experience), and it used up ingredients that I already had on hand.  Well, except for the shrimp.  I skipped that and just added more chicken.  Who knew I had all the makings on hand for something like this? 

We definitely had to multiply the recipe to make enough though…a serving for 2 wasn’t going to cut it.

Prep Time:  10 Min    //  Cook Time:  25 Min  //  Ready In:  35 Min

Servings  2

Ingredients

  •                     1 small onion, chopped
  •                     1 garlic clove, minced
  •                     1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  •                     1/4 pound fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  •                     1/2 cup chicken broth
  •                     1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, with juices
  •                     1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  •                     1 bay leaf
  •                     1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  •                     1 dash cayenne pepper
  •                     1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  •                     1/2 cup cubed cooked chicken breast meat
  •                     1/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

            Directions

  1. In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in butter until crisp-tender. Add the sausage, broth, tomatoes, green pepper, bay leaf, thyme and cayenne. Bring to a boil; add rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add chicken and shrimp; cook 5-10 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink and rice is tender. Discard bay leaf before serving.
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Coq au Vin (The Pioneer Woman…again)

August 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm (Chicken, Entrees, Oven bakes & Casseroles, Soups/Stews)

This was my first time attempting something ambitious sounding like Coq au Vin.  Something about it sounded delightful, and I had been searching for recipes involving whole chicken.  Although, by the time I actually made this recipe, I used chicken leg quarters instead.  Turned out great though!  I used cooking wine, and was happy with the taste.  (Going against my adopted rule of “cook only with what you would drink”.)  The resulting taste was super rich and deep.  Perfect for a fall or winter evening, casual and fancy all at the same time.  And not a bank-breaker.  I probably made the first batch for $8 between sale prices and coupons.  Probably could’ve been cheaper if I’d been patient enough to wait for all the ingredients to go on sale.

Recipe: Coq au Vin

Prep Time: 25 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour | Difficulty: Intermediate | Servings: 6


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Ingredients

  • 4 slices Bacon, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • 1 whole Fryer Chicken
  • 1/2 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, Washed, Peeled, And Roughly Chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 pound White Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 2 cups Burgundy Wine
  • 1 pound Pasta (egg Noodles Or Fettucini)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Parsley, Fresh, Minced
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation Instructions

Saute bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium low heat until fat is rendered. Remove bacon from the skillet and set aside. Increase heat to medium.

Salt fat site of chicken pieces, then place chicken, fat side down, in skillet and cook in bacon grease until both sides are nice and golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside in a 2-quart baking dish, skin side up.

Saute onions, carrots and garlic in bacon grease until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Remove from grease with slotted spoon and set aside.

In a separate skillet, saute mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Layer half of the bacon pieces, carrot/onion mixture, and mushrooms in pan with chicken.

Drain grease from the large skillet, then place over medium heat. Pour in 2 cups Burgundy wine, using a wire whisk to scrape loose all the burned/brown bits. Lightly salt liquid and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Pour over chicken and vegetables. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.

Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and toss with 2 tablespoons butter.

Serve chicken in a pasta bowl with noodles, sprinkling minced parsley over the top. Spoon juice from baking dish over the top of everything.

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Knock You Naked Brownies, aka ‘Turtle Brownies’ (The Pioneer Woman)

August 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm (Desserts)

Good stuff!  Another Pioneer Woman recipe that I copied and pasted here for my easy access.  Make sure to use the 18.25 oz cake mix this recipe calls for.  Some brands make a 15 oz version of German Chocolate Cake…it doesn’t work (I can vouch for that one).

Recipe: Knock You Naked Brownies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 23 Minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 12


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Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake Mix (I Used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (additional)
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Melted
  • 60 whole Caramels, Unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and melted butter. Stir together until totally combined. Mixture will be very thick.

Press half the mixture into a well-greased 9 x 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside.

In a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water) melt caramels with additional 1/2 cup evaporated milk. When melted and combined, pour over brownie base. Sprinkle chocolate chips as evenly as you can over the caramel.

Turn out remaining brownie dough on work surface. Use your hands to press it into a large square a little smaller than the pan. Use a spatula to remove it from the surface, then set it on top of the caramel and chocolate chips.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for several hours. When ready to serve, generously sift powdered sugar over the surface of the brownies. Cut into either nine or twelve helpings, and carefully remove from the pan.

*Adapted from the standard/classic “Knock You Naked Brownies” recipe. These brownies don’t really knock you naked…but almost.

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White Chicken Enchiladas (The Pioneer Woman)

August 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm (Chicken, Entrees, Mexican)

These are amazing.  I simply copy and pasted this from thepioneerwoman.com because I wanted to keep a copy of it on my blog for my own references.  This is simply worth every long minute of your efforts…

Recipe: White Chicken Enchiladas

Prep Time: 45 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Difficulty: Intermediate | Servings: 6


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Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups Cooked, Shredded Chicken
  • 2 cups Reserved Broth From Chicken
  • 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 12 whole Corn Tortillas
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole 4 Oz Cans Whole Green Chilies, Diced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2-1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Picante Sauce (optional)
  • Cilantro, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Fry tortillas for no longer than 20 seconds, just to soften (do not allow to become crisp.) Place tortillas on a large towel or stack of paper towels to drain.

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in separate skillet over medium heat. Add onions and jalapenos and saute for 1 minute, just to start the cooking process. Add chicken, half of the green chilies, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Stir together. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir. Add cream and stir, allowing mixture to bubble and get hot. Turn off heat and set aside.

In a separate large skillet, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together and cook over medium heat for one minute. Pour in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Whisk together and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the other half of the chilies. Reduce heat, then stir in sour cream. Add 1 1/2 cups grated cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one. Top with plenty of cheese and roll up. Place seam side down in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas. Top with extra cheese if you’d like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle generously with chopped cilantro.

Serve with picante sauce, if desired.

Faint. Repeat as needed.

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