Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew is the perfect dish for the winter months. It’s hearty, healthy, and delicious. Stew is a great way to use up vegetables you have in the refrigerator or freezer.  This recipe includes, carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes, but you can use any vegetables that you prefer.  Brussel sprouts, green beans, or any root vegetable works nicely.

Ingredients:
2 – lbs. skinless, boneless, chicken thighs
2 – stalks celery
1 – large onion
1/4 – tsp. red pepper flake
4 – large carrots
1 – tbls. tomato paste
8 – oz. crimini mushrooms
2 – large potatoes
32 – oz. chicken stock
1 – can diced tomatoes
2 – cloves garlic
1/2 – tsp. oregano
1/2 – tsp. Herbs de Provence
Salt
Ground black pepper
Adobo Seasoning

Directions:
Using a food processor, finely chop the celery and onion. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot. Add the chopped celery and onions, and red pepper flake. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle a little salt, black pepper, and Adobo on both sides of the chicken pieces. Move the celery mixture to one side of the pot to make room for the chicken. Add the garlic and chicken pieces, and brown on both sides.

Clear a small spot and add the tomato paste and carrots.

Cook for 1 minute then add the mushrooms and potatoes. Stir and cook another 1-2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, herbs de Provence, oregano, and salt to taste.

Stir and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn the flame down to a simmer and cook about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve with a crusty bread and enjoy!




Beef Stroganoff

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Beef Stroganoff is the perfect dish for a cold winter’s day. My mother used to make this dish, and it was always one of the family favorites. She used cream of mushroom soup in her recipe, but I have made my version without it. The combination of the beef and vegetables in a savory sauce gives you a warm, satisfying feeling. Give it a try, it’s delicious!

Ingredients:
1 – lb. sirloin
3 – large carrots
1 – cup diced onion
2 – garlic cloves
8 – oz. package of white mushrooms
1 – cup diced cremini mushrooms
2 – tbls. canola oil
1/2 – cup white wine
1 – 14.5 oz. can beef stock (low sodium)
2 – rounded tbls. flour
1 – tbls. Worchestershire sauce
1 – tsp. Dijon mustard
1/3 – cup sour cream
Salt
Ground black pepper
1 – 12 oz. package of wide egg noodles
1 -tbls. butter

Directions:
Put a large pot of water on to boil. When the water comes to a boil, add 1 teaspoon of salt and add the noodles.  Cook according to the package directions.  I suggest you keep the water simmering until the stroganoff is about 10 minutes from being finished, then cook the noodles.  Once cooked, drain the noodles and place them in a bowl and mix through one tablespoon of butter to keep the noodles from sticking.  Put aside until the stroganoff is ready.

In the meantime, prepare all the ingredients. Trim the fat off the sirloin steak and cut into one inch pieces. Peel and cut the carrots into 1/2″ pieces. Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Dice the onion and peel the garlic.

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet. Season the sirloin with salt and black pepper. Add the garlic and sirloin and cook until browned on both sides, then remove it to a bowl and set aside (leaving the garlic in the pan).

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Add the diced onion and sauté until the onion starts to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and mushrooms and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cook about 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Add the white wine to deglaze the pan, and cook until it reduces by about half, about 1-2 minutes.

Dissolve the cornstarch in a little water (about 3 tablespoons), stirring until smooth. Add the beef broth to the vegetable mixture, then add the cornstarch mixture and stir until completely incorporated. Add the Worchestershire sauce and Dijon mustard, mix well. Return the beef to the skillet and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and let cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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As it cooks, the sauce will thicken and the meat will become tender.  At this point add in the sour cream.

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Mix through and let simmer about 2 minutes.

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Serve over noodles.

Makes 4-5 servings.

Enjoy!




Doro Wat – Ethiopian Chicken Stew

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My son, Andrew, introduced me to this Ethiopian delight.  This stew is full of robust flavor that will warm your tummy.  The stew is made with a berbere spice mix that you can put together yourself.  I must warn you that it is very spicy, but you can control the amount of cayenne that you use if you do not like it too hot.  Typically this stew is served with red lentils (Mesir Wat) and Injera (a spongy, crepe like flat bread).

My version is slightly modified from the original, but I think it is just as delicious.

Ingredients

1 ½ – lbs. chicken pieces without skin (thighs are best)
3/4 – stick of  butter
1 – large or 2 medium onions diced
3 – cloves garlic minced
2 – tbls. berbere spice (see below)
4 ½-  ounces tomato puree
1 – tsp. sugar
1 – tsp. salt

Directions:

Melt the butter in a large heavy pot, then sauté diced onion and garlic until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.  Add berbere spice, stir through and cook another one minute.  Then add the tomato puree, sugar, and salt.  Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat, stirring often.

In the meantime, remove the skin from the chicken, wash, and pat dry. Add the chicken to the onion mixture and coat each piece completely with the sauce.  Add about one cup water to create enough sauce to cover the chicken.

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Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook about one hour until the chicken is cooked thoroughly and is tender.  Stir occasionally to make sure the sauce is not sticking to the pan.

You can remove the lid during the last 10 minutes to help reduce some of the liquid to create a thicker sauce.

Serve the stew with the red lentils (Mesir Wat) and Ethiopian Green Beans and Carrots (Fasolia). 


Berbere Spice Mix

Ingredients:

½- tsp. ground ginger
¼- tsp. cardamon
¼- tsp. fenugreek
¼- tsp. nutmeg
¼- tsp. coriander
¼- tsp. cinnamon
1/8- tsp. ground clove
1/8- tsp. allspice
1- tbls. salt
1– tbls. cayenne pepper (add less if you don’t like it too hot)
1– tbls. paprika sweet 

Directions:

Mix all together and store in a sealed jar or container.