Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Stock
3 chicken thighs
1 carrot (chopped)
1 celery stalk (chopped)
½ onion (chopped)
1 TBSP peppercorns
1 small bay leaf
3 cups water

This is a classic chicken stock. I use this recipe in all my dishes needing a good chicken stock. In fact this also works well for veal stock and turkey stock substituting the meats. Place all in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until you think the chicken has just cooked. Remove chicken and cool. Strain the chicken stock and discard the vegies. Save the stock in a two cup measuring cup so you can pour it later a bit at a time into the sauce. Once the chicken has cooled, deskin, debone and shred the chicken meat and set a side.

Pie Filing
1 carrot (cubed)
1 stalk celery (cubed)
½ small onion (chopped)
2 green onions (chopped)
1 clove garlic (cut into coins)
½ cup or more frozen peas
1 small bay leaf
4 TBSP butter
4 TBSP flour
Deskin, debone, shredded chicken
Salt and pepper
White wine
1 cup or more as needed Chicken stock
Cream (you have to feel how much you want for color and consistency) Maybe two TBSP.

In a large fry pan, melt butter, and on a little higher than medium heat sauté onions, carrots, celery, garlic until onions become transparent, add flour and stir until the veggies are coated. Move the heat to medium heat and add white wine and stir to begin making a paste. Add chicken stock a little at a time and stir each time, making thick gravy and then add cream until you get the right consistency looking for color and consistency. Add the meat, bay leaf and peas and stir. Gauge how thick you want the filing sauce. Once you get the right mix (it has to look good and taste good), reduce heat to simmer and let simmer about 15 to 20 minutes covered. Watch it not letting it over cook or burn. If you need to add more fluid you can. Remember the final cooking will occur in the oven. Then turn off heat and cover. It can cool down while you make the pie crust.

Pie Crust (Martha Stewart, Heavy Equipment Food Processor)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 TBSP ice water
8 TBSP cold butter

Add the butter then the flour and salt and sugar to a food processor and pulsate about 10 times until the flour becomes course. Then turn on the food processor full speed and add the cold water a TBSP at a time until right before the flour turns into a ball. It should be thick crumbles. If you let it turn into a ball it will become too hard. Turn off. Remove the blade being careful not to cut your fingers. Then pull out all the flour crumbles and mash into a ball on a piece of plastic wrap. Complete wrap the dough and refrigerate 1 hour. Flour a board, rolling pin and the dough and roll out wider than your pie dish. There are many ways to do this. I like this method in the youtube link below. Using wax paper b/c the biggest issue is getting the pie crust from the rolling board to the pie plate without tearing it in half as you move it. Pie crust is not bound together like bread dough.

Making the Pie
Take a Pyrex pie plate, add a little oil to the bottom, pour in the filling and then cover with the pie crust. The rest is your design.

Preheat oven 425⁰, bake 40 minutes or until the pie crust is golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

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Fish Stew

 

• 1 ½ tomato peeled and chopped
• 2/3 cup chopped Italian parsley
• 1/3 squeezed lemon
• 1 small chopped onion
• 1 chopped left over peeled mirliton squash
• 1 TBSP EVOO and 1 TBSP butter
• 2 pieces frozen cod
• 6 shrimp with tail shells still on
• chicken stock
• 1 cup chardonnay wine
• I didn’t add salt, pepper or garlic.

Sauté onions and squash in oil, add wine, add the fish and the chicken stock just to the top of the fish. Cook on low in a covered Dutch oven 30 minutes. Remove shrimp and peel shell off shrimp, return shrimp, add the remaining ingredients and cook covered another 15 minutes. Serve with garlic toast. The shells on the shrimp add more seafood flavor so no need for oyster sauce or some seafood stock.

 

Bergen Fish Soup (Bergensk fiskesuppe)

Ingredients: Serves 2

1 ½ cups fish stock (I used 1 ½ TBSPs of dried hon dashi for 2 cups of water)
2 skinny carrots, sliced to 1 inch and them quartered
¼ red bell pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly diced
1 leek, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 cup Blue Moon wheat beer
1 cup heavy cream
1 frozen salmon fillet 4” x 4”
6 frozen shrimp, with shells
1 frozen cod fillet, 4” x 4”
8 ounces clams, with shells
3 TBSPs olive/butter

Cut leek ends and leave 1 inch green stalk. Slice it in half long ways then cross cut. Put in a bowl of water and gently rinse with your hand. Leeks come with a lot of dirt inside. Set aside in a bowl. Cut the celery and add it to the leeks. In another bowl skin and cut the potato into squares and cover in water so as not to brown the potato. During the soup process I will actually use an immersion blender to blend all these items into a fine thick puree.

In another pot add 1 ½ Tbsps. of hon dashi to 2 cups water. The recipe calls for fish stock but there is no better fish stock in my opinion than hon dashi which is Japanese dried bonito. It has a superior ocean flavor – kind of salty, kind of mellow, used in most Japanese soups.

I add the cut carrots and cut red bell pepper to the stock as well as the frozen shrimp with its shells to add more seafood flavor and cook the shrimp on medium to low heat until it turns a solid pink. Remove with a tongs and add the frozen cod to the hon dashi. Cook 5 minutes and remove. Add the salmon and cook 5 minutes and remove. Add the mussels and cook 5 minutes then remove. Then strain the stock. Set aside the carrots and red bell pepper. Peel the shells off the shrimp, cut the fish into squares.

In a large sauce pan add 3 TBSPs of butter and melt. Add the leeks and celery. Sauté on medium low heat for ~20 minutes until the leeks are very tender. Drain the potatoes and add to the pot. Add 1 ½ cups of strained fish stock. Add 1 cup of Belgium wheat beer. Add 1 cup of heavy cream. Blend with an immersion blender. Add salt to taste. Add the seafood. Cook on very low 30 minutes.

Serve

Chicken Tetrazzini

This dish is a little different than Turkey Tetrazzini in that I don;t make a traditional Bechamel Sauce.  If you want that you can substitute one cup of chicken broth for one cup of milk.

INGREDIENTS:
(SERVES 2)

Mirepoix
• ½ Onion (Chopped)

Veggies
• 8 oz. Portabella mushrooms (stemmed and sliced)
• 1 large garlic (pressed)
• 3 Serrano peppers (seeded and sliced into circles)

Meat
• 4 medium chicken breasts

Herbs and Oil
• Butter
• 6 Tbsps. Olive Oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Paprika

Other
• 4 Tbsps. flour
• 3 cups chicken broth (or exchange 1 cup broth for 1 cup milk)
• ½ cup white wine
• ½ lemon – juiced
• Mozzarella (shredded)
• ½ cup Romano cheese (shredded)
• ½ cup Parmesan (shredded)
• 1 round bunch of Linguine noodle the circumference of a 25 cent coin

PREPARE:

1. In a sauce pan boil water and boil Linguine noodles exactly 10 minutes and drain and add olive oil
2. In a non-stick fry pan add a little olive oil and brown the chicken. Remove and cut the chicken into bite size chunks
3. In a non-stick fry pan add 1 Tbsps. Butter and brown the mushrooms and remove
4. In a non-stick fry pan add butter and sauté onions and add a little white wine and remove
5. In a Dutch oven blend 4 Tbsps. Olive oil and 4 Tbsps. Flour and whisk on medium heat until the flour starts to turn light brown (a Roux).
6. Add the remaining white wine and whisk until it turns into a thick paste
7. Add the chicken broth ½ cup at a time whisking until you make a thick gravy
8. Add all ingredients except Mozzarella cheese and preheat oven to 350⁰
9. Add the Mozzarella to the top and then paprika, cook 30 minutes with lid and 15 minutes without a lid

Beef Sukiyaki

This is a great dish.  It looks like the Japanese stew but has a much different flavor and taste.  The Hon Dashi makes the difference.  Sukiyaki means “Like Grilled”.

1 ½ cups prepared dashi stock (1 ½ cups chicken broth and 1 TBSP dried hon dashi)
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup sweet Marsala
3 TBSP Sake
1 chopped green onion

2 stalks carrots, thinly sliced (match sticks)
4 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
½ onion, thinly sliced
2 leaves w/stalk large bok choy (sliced long way and chopped)

2 TBSP peanut oil
1 garlic clove minced

1 package cellophane noodles (3 ¾ oz.)

Combine dashi, soy sauce, Marsala and Sake with 1 chopped green onion in a sauce pan, bring to a boil and turn on low simmer. http://www.ajinomotofoods.com/Products/HONDASHI.aspx

In the wok fry minced garlic on medium in 2 TBSP peanut oil to give it a garlic flavor until the garlic turns light brown, then remove the garlic and set aside.

Boil water in a sauce pan for the noodles. When the water has boiled turn off heat and add the noodle. Let it sit in the hot water.

Fry meat in a wok in the oil in 3 stages until the water from the meat evaporates. With a slotted spoon remove meat and place into the simmering dashi stock. When the meat is cooked in the dashi several minutes after the last batch turn off the heat and cover.

In the hot wok pour 1 TBSP of Marsala and deglaze the wok. Then add all the veggies and the onion. For 4 minutes turn the veggies in the wok. Then add a ½ cup of the dashi into the wok and cover. Turn off heat.

Let everything stand 10 minutes with the heat off. Serve the noodles in a bowl, the veggies and then the meat.