Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicken and Potato Chowder

Mmmmmmmmmm. Still thinking how good this was!! Kind of like a chicken pot pie without the crust. Eat this while you watch the snow fall. Or rain, whatever you got! Perfect eaten with Cheddar Bay Biscuits dipped in.

Half stick butter
1 onion, chopped fine
3 carrots, peeled, sliced or small dice
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk (May need more if too thick)
2large or 4 smallish russet potatoes,peeled, diced to bite size
2 cups cooked chopped chicken(rotisserie is so good!)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 T chopped fresh parsley
Melt butter in large heavy pot. Add onion, carrot, celery. Cook about 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Add thyme, cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour, stirring 1 minute or so till starts to brown. Add broth and milk, whisking till slightly thicker, 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes and parsley. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer till potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in cheese, a little at a time to thoroughly melt. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper. If chowder is too thick, add more milk(I added about 3/4 cup more). Serve hot with additional cheese and/or parsley on top. * if you have leftovers, pour into a pie plate! stick a pie crust on top and freeze or have next day as a pot pie! Bake at 350 till golden and bubbly.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Fluffy, soft and scrumptious, I could eat them all myself!!
Makes 10-12 biscuits, double them! You won't be sorry.
Quick to make! 20 minutes and you're eating them!
2 cups flour
1 T sugar
1T baking powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne (leave out if you don't like kick)
1 cup buttermilk
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups shreded cheddar
3T butter, melted
1T chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder (I used Johnny's garlic mix)
Heat oven to 450. In large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne. In a 2 cup measuring cup pour in 1 cup buttermilk and add the melted stick of butter to it, whisking to mix. Don't worry if it's lumpy. Add to dry ingredients, stirring with a spoon just till moist. Gently Add shred cheese. Scoop spoonfuls (1/4 cup size) onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes just till done, bottoms will be golden. Remove from oven and brush with topping mixture. Serve warm and try to save some for your family!! Goes perfect with Chicken and Potato Chowder.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Holly's Apple Crisp

Oh my. This is Fall in a bowl! Warm, soft apples with a crunchy, buttery top. Get your gallon of good vanilla ice cream ready!!
5 apples peeled, chopped (any variety or a mix. I mix red delicious and granny)
1/4-1/3 cup sugar, depends on tartness of apples
1/2-1 tsp or so cinnamon
half a lemon
Grease an 11x7 baking dish. Put chopped apples in bottom. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Squeeze lemon over apples.
For topping:
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, really soft
pecans, optional
with your fingers in a bowl, mix topping ingredients till large crumbs. Sprinkle over apples, Bake @350 for 55 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh cream drizzled over.

Meatloaf Muffins

Meatloaf is the ultimate in comfort food if you ask me. These are a fun way to have a personal-size chunk-o-meat on your dinner plate! Add whatever veggies you want, but here's what i did:
1 T olive oil
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 carrots peeled, grated on large grater
1/2 bell pepper (red is my fave), chopped fine
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
2 1/2 lbs ground beef
40 saltine crackers, crushed to crumbs
1-2 T mustard
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
Heat oven to 350. heat oil in skillet, add onion, carrot, bell, oregano and garlic. cook 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup ketchup, cooked veggies and all other ingredients. Mix well with bare hands or spoon. Grease muffin tins (this makes 24 muffins). Fill muffin tins with meat mixture but do not overflow. Just about level with the top. Top each muffin with 2 tsp ketchup (I mix a tablespoon or so brown sugar with my ketchup first to make a sweeter sauce). Bake 25-30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes in tin before you serve.
*I served these next to some mashed potatoes. For the gravy, i used a packet of Au Jus once it boiled I added 1 Tbl cornstarch to about 1/4 cup cold water, stirred, then added to boiling gravy. It thickened just enough to make a yummy gravy to drizzle over the potatoes. We were in comfort heaven! These freeze well in a freezer ziplock!