Tag Archives: Chicken broth

Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup

22 Feb

spicy sausage and potato soup01The recipe calls for andouille sausage. I usually keep some frozen on hand but was unknowingly out at the time I made this. I used some standby hot Italian sausage in place of the Andouille and found that it complimented the other ingredients just fine. Derek commented that the soup was full of flavor. In a very good way. I think.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
12 to 16 ounces andouille sausage or other smoked sausage
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried leaf basil
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, celery, and diced sausage; sauté until the vegetables are tender and sausage is lightly browned. Stir in the flour until smooth and well-blended; stir in green onions, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring, for 1 minute. Blend in the chicken broth. Add the diced potatoes, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Stir in the heavy cream and continue cooking until heated through.

Recipe from southernfood.about.com
Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

7 Apr

I have a thing with dishes that consist of soggy bread.  I’m appreciating more textures as I mature but I just never liked biscuits and gravy…until I tasted Derek’s mom’s version.  Now I’ll eat them elsewhere but hers are still my favorite (and no, I’m not just kissing up to my mother-in-law).  She (and I) usually make them with Pillsbury Grands biscuits because a) it’s easier and b) most of us actually prefer them.  Occasionally, though, I will have all of the ingredients EXCEPT the refrigerated biscuits on hand so needed a good biscuit recipe to fall back on.  These really are almost as easy as the tube biscuits and are pretty good as far as homemade biscuits go.

Ingredients

For Biscuits:

  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 -4 tablespoons shortening
  • 2/3-3/4 cup milk

For Gravy:

  • 1 lb. tube breakfast sausage, I generally use Farmland because it’s good and cheap (dependent upon who I’m cooking for, I often use HOT breakfast sausage)
  • 1/2 to 1 can chicken broth
  • 1-2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup or more flour
  • salt and freshly grated pepper, to taste

In a deep skillet or small pot, cook sausage over low heat and crumble well, retaining juices.  While sausage is browning, prepare biscuits.

Sift flour with baking powder and salt.  Cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add milk all at once and mix till mixture follows fork around bowl.  Turn out on lightly floured board.  Knead gently for about 1/2 minute.  Roll or pat 1/2 inch thick.  Flour rim of glass or biscuit cutter and cut out biscuits.  Put on (ungreased) cookie sheet and bake at 450° for 12 to 15 minutes.

While biscuits are baking, sprinkle the browned sausage with flour until juices are absorbed.  Add chicken broth and milk.  Bring to a low boil and heat until desired amount and consistency is reached.  Serve over warm biscuits.

Gravy recipe by my mom-in-law, Cathy Knorr

Biscuit recipe by food.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Double Mushroom and Marsala Cream Fettucine

31 Jan

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The marsala and sage give this dish its excellent flavor.  Marsala is a sweet dessert wine available in a sweet or dry form.  We chose the cheapest bottle which did not specify sweet or dry but I would assume for cooking you’re more likely to want the dry version.  Derek tried a glass of it with dinner but it was so syrupy sweet that he threw most of it out.

I also made a few changes to the recipe based upon my frugality and my supermarket’s selection.  I purchased only white mushrooms so skipped the whole simmering of porcinis with the chicken stock step.  To correct for this, I sauteed all of the mushrooms together and then removed half of them to be finely chopped and then returned them to the pan to simmer with the marsala.  And as usual I used my trusty frozen container of shredded parmesan in place of the pecorino-romano.

I always run into this issue with heavy cream, but my sauce never gets very thick.  I let it boil twice as long as the recipe suggests and if it was any thicker I think it probably had to do with the fact that most of the liquid had evaporated.  I’m going to have to figure this little problem out.

Despite all of these cheap fixes it was delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms (a generous handful)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (eyeball it)
  • 1 cup grated pecorino-romano cheese, plus more to pass around the table

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the chicken stock and porcinis and let steep over low heat.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the creminis and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes; season with salt, pepper and the sage. Stir in the marsala and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the porcinis. Strain the chicken stock and reserve 2 cups. Finely chop the porcinis and add to the cremini mixture; stir in the reserved chicken stock. Stir in the cream and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the pasta and cheese and toss.

Recipe and photo from Rachael Ray

Creamy Potato Soup

27 Mar
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Thick and creamy potato soup seasoned with onion and dill, topped with croutons
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups sliced and peeled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Few dashes of pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • Seasoned croutons and crumbled bacon, for serving (optional)
Instructions: 1. Bring first three ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until done. Cool slightly, then blend until smooth. Set aside.

2. Stir together the next four ingredients. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir into potato mixture. Add dill and heat soup thoroughly. Top with croutons and serve.

Yields 8 servings

Recipe from Tammy’s Recipes

Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl

14 Feb

If you want this dish hotter, add more red curry paste.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cups  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4  cups  chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  milk
  • 1/2  cup  light coconut milk
  • 3  tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 2  teaspoons  grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  savory baked chicken (about three cups, shredded)
  • 1 1/2  cups  fresh steamed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2  red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, milk, and coconut milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until mixture is thick and bubbly. Stir in curry paste and next 3 ingredients. Stir chicken, green beans, and red bell pepper strips into curry mixture; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro. Serve chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Yields 6 servings

1-2-3 Jambalaya

5 Feb

Ingredients

  • 1  large onion, diced
  • 1  large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1  pound  smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 4  cups  chopped cooked chicken
  • 3  cups  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2  (10 1/2-ounce) cans French onion soup, undiluted
  • 1  (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1  (14 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
  • 2  to 3 teaspoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 2  to 3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

Preparation

Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a Dutch oven 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage is browned. Stir in chicken and next 6 ingredients.

Bake, covered, at 350° for 40 minutes, stirring after 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

Bread Stuffing

27 Nov

Ingredients

  • 1  (16-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3  tablespoons  reduced-calorie stick margarine
  • 1 1/2  cups  chopped celery
  • 3/4  cup  chopped onion
  • 1/4  cup  water
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  rubbed sage
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  • 1  (10 1/2-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Preparation

Place bread cubes in a layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until toasted; place in a bowl. Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Add celery and onion; saute 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in water and next 5 ingredients (water through broth). Add bread cubes, tossing to coat; spoon into a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Cover; bake at 375° for 30 minutes.