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Chicken Pot Pizza

Chicken Pot Pizza
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2
Servings
2
Chicken Pot Pizza
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2
Servings
2
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  1. Place a 8" cast iron skillet in the oven. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Leave the skillet in the oven while you prepare the filling.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the vegetables to the pan and cook until they are soft and fragrant. This should take 7 -8 minutes or so. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in the same skillet. Add the flour and cook and stir for several minutes to create a smooth roux.
  5. Add the milk and stock and whisk constantly. Add the thyme leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened, stirring often.
  6. Add the reserved vegetables and the chicken to the pan and continue to cook until everything is nice and thick.
  7. Flatten the pizza dough out to a circle slightly larger than the bottom of the cast iron skillet.
  8. Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and carefully fit the crust into the bottom of the skillet. Return the skillet to the oven to bake the crust slightly. (4-5 minutes )
  9. Remove the skillet from the oven and layer the grated cheese and chicken/vegetable mixture on the crust. Starting and ending with cheese.
  10. Bake 10 -15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and everything is bubbly. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley and cut into wedges.
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Chicken and Wild Rice Risotto

DIGITAL CAMERAI love Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. I’ve even shared my recipe for it, a beautiful thing, filled with cream and butter. As you may have noticed, my recipes are taking on a lighter healthier attitude, so I DIGITAL CAMERAdecided to see if I could wave the light and healthy magic wand and come up with something new. The result was a one pot meal that had the flavors of my decadent soup with the added benefit of less fat and a five grain rice blend for extra fiber. Oh, and it is eaten with a fork instead of a spoon.

Risotto is a wonderful dish. It is creamy, a little chewy, and very comforting. Light and healthy it is not…usually. I made a few simple changes and a new light dish was born. I started with a rice blend that I found at World Market. Made by “In Harvest,” brown and wild rice combined with red rice, sprouted brown rice and grano (pearled durum wheat) creating an interesting blend. When making risotto traditionally, the rice cooks in a good bit of butter. I opted to spray the rice blend lightly with butter non-stick cooking spray. It imparted a little flavor but mostly kept the rice from sticking to the pan (this is optional).  All told, I used one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to saute the vegetables and the rice. For a recipe that serves four, that’s not too bad.

Wine is used to de-glaze the pan as well as providing another layer of flavor. Whatever risotto I make, my wine of choice is dry vermouth, it’s not just for martinis anymore. DIGITAL CAMERA

Dry Vermouth has an herbacious and off dry flavor that enhances whatever it is added to. I’m currently infatuated with Trader Joe’s brand. It is imported from Italy, comes in a full liter bottle and is very reasonably priced. It’s also good on the rocks with a twist of lemon.

I had some Semi-Homemade Chicken Broth in the freezer that provided the bath that cooked the rice. The broth started as a box of chicken stock enhanced with onion, garlic, and herbs that I used to poach chicken for another dish. I strained the broth and froze it for just this kind of occasion.DIGITAL CAMERA

The chicken came from the freezer as well. Saved from a Beer Butt Chicken, it was the perfect protein addition with no effort on my part. Mama D Tip: Any time you are preparing a whole chicken using any technique, always make at least one extra. It doesn’t take any extra time and your future recipes will thank you.

Risotto is a labor of love and takes time to do it right. This version took about an hour because of the rice blend that I used…even using traditional Arborio takes a while, so factor that into your meal planning. Risotto usually has butter, cheese, and sometimes cream added to up the luscious factor. I opted for a small amount of light onion and chive cream cheese spread to give that creamy mouth feel.

All in all I deemed this recipe a success. It gave me the best of all worlds, creamy, healthy and satisfyingDIGITAL CAMERA

 

Chicken and Wild Rice Risotto
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Chicken and Wild Rice Risotto
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  1. In a large deep fry pan heat the olive oil. add the onion and cook for three minutes until the onion begins to be translucent. Add the carrot and garlic to the pan and cook for 3 minutes more.
  2. Lightly spray the rice mixture with butter flavor spray and toss to coat. Add the rice and seasonings to the pan and cook stirring often for 3 - 5 minutes. Don't let the rice brown!
  3. Carefully add the vermouth to the pan and allow to completely cook into the rice.
  4. Heat the broth to a simmer in a separate pan or use the microwave. Add the broth to the rice mixture a ladle at a time. Allow the rice to soak up the broth before adding more. continue until all the broth is incorporated. The risotto should have a little bite, almost Al Dente.
  5. Depending on the rice blend you use, you may need more or less than the quart of broth. A little water or stock can be added if needed.
  6. Add the cream cheese to the pan and stir to incorporate and allow the cheese to melt. Serve in shallow bowls.
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Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
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A classic comfort soup. Forget about getting it at a restaurant..A little time and a few ingredients and you've got rich and creamy love in a bowl.
Servings
6
Servings
6
Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
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A classic comfort soup. Forget about getting it at a restaurant..A little time and a few ingredients and you've got rich and creamy love in a bowl.
Servings
6
Servings
6
Ingredients
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  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic and sweat until the vegetables begin to soften about 5 minutes or so.
  2. Add the stock, water and the rice part of the rice mix to the pot. Bring to a full boil. Cover, remove from heat and let sit while you prepare the rest of the soup
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the seasoning packet of the rice mix and stir to blend completely. Slowly add the flour (about 1/4 cup at a time), stirring to blend each addition. Once all the flour is blended in, cook the roux over medium heat for 1-2 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Slowly add the milk/cream mixture to the roux. Continue to stir so that the mixture remains smooth. Cook and stir the cream mixture for 5 minutes or so. It should be very thick. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  5. Return the pot with the stock and rice to the heat and add the chicken. Heat to just below boiling. Add the cream mixture in three parts, stirring well after each addition. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until the mixture is thickened. This may take 10 minutes or so.
  6. Check the soup for needing salt and/or pepper. If it seems too thick, add a little more milk. If it seems a little thin, add some instant mashed potato flakes.
  7. Ladle into soup bowls and enjoy.
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Butternut Squash and Chicken Risotto

Butternut Squash and Chicken Risotto
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This recipe uses a roasted squash, leek, and garlic mixture. You will have enough for this recipe and at least another of your choosing. This will also freeze well if you want to share your squash love at a later time.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Butternut Squash and Chicken Risotto
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This recipe uses a roasted squash, leek, and garlic mixture. You will have enough for this recipe and at least another of your choosing. This will also freeze well if you want to share your squash love at a later time.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
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  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Combine the squash, leeks, garlic, and olive oil in a large bowl.Spread the mixture on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake 20-25 minutes, stirring half way though. The squash should be soft and lightly browned. Set aside.
  2. Heat a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt. Add the red onion and cook stirring occasionally until translucent. Add the rice, tossing to coat well. Cook the rice until it is becoming translucent about 7-10 minutes. Add the white wine to the pan and continue to cook until it has evaporated (this will also de-glaze the pan).
  3. Using a ladle, add approximately 1/2 cup of the hot stock to the pan. Cook and stir until the stock has been absorbed into the rice. Continue to add stock, stirring and cooking until each addition is absorbed. This is probably a good time to pour a glass of wine, it's going to take awhile. You are looking for rice with a creamy texture but grains with a little bite.
  4. Add the chicken and squash to the pan. Add more stock as needed to keep the creamy texture of the rice. Heat until everything is steaming. Add about half of the cheese and stir until it melts. Taste the dish and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve in shallow bowls. Pass the rest of the cheese at the table.
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