CHICKEN in OREGANO CREAM SAUCE

CHICKEN IN OREGANO CREAM SAUCE
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon dried oregano
FRESH oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced and divided
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, reserving a bit for garnish
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2+ 2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon avocado oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sear chicken breasts 2-4 minutes per side until golden and ALMOST cooked through. DO NOT WIPE OUT SKILLET.
  • Transfer chicken to baking sheet and top with half the Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.

 

  • Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to hot skillet.
  • Add tomatoes, cooking 2-4 minutes.
  • Add a sprig of oregano, half the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant, garlic is golden and tomatoes are blistered.
  • Season with half of the dried oregano salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove to platter.

 

  • Add remaining butter to pan.
  • When butter is melted add remaining garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add cream, broth, tomato paste, remaining Parmesan cheese and remaining oregano, stirring frequently and cooking until desired consistency and starting to bubble, 2-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in last 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Season to taste.
  • Plate chicken, tomatoes and top with sauce.

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ROCHESTER CHICKEN ala ITALY

Chicken Francese is an Italian recipe that was originally made with veal and while delicious, I don’t cook with veal by choice and substitute chicken in any veal recipe. I recently read that because of the cost and availability or lack there of, immigrants substituted chicken for veal when they came to the U.S., specifically to Rochester New York. So, I call my version Rochester Chicken ala Italy.

ROCHESTER CHICKEN ala ITALY
1/2 cup all purpose flour
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 LARGE eggs
1/2 cup Panko crumbs
1/4 cup FRESH chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons UNSALTED butter
2/3 cup chicken broth
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1 lemon. sliced into wheels
Prepared egg noodles

  • Set up a dredging station with the flour, salt and pepper in dish one. In dish two beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water and in the third dish combine the Panko crumbs with the paprika and parsley.
  • Pound chicken breasts to 1/3 inch thickness between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the flour and press to coat well, followed by the egg dip and then the Panko crumbs. RESERVE 2 tablespoons of the  flour mixture.
  • Set aside on a platter. When you have them all coated, chill the platter 30-60 minutes.

 

  • In a large skillet (preferably cast iron) heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium high heat until sizzling.
  • Saute each breast about 4 minutes per side until golden.
  • Transfer to a warm platter.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pan.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour mixture and whisk until combined and golden.
  • Add the broth and lemon juice, stirring constantly until reduced and thickened into sauce.
  • Adjust seasoning to desired flavor.
  • Return chicken to pan and turn to coat.
  • Serve over prepared egg noodles.
  • Top with sauce and garnish with lemon wheels and parsley.

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with HERB WINE SAUCE

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with HERB WINE SAUCE
4 skinless, boneless THIN chicken breast steaks
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon Avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon FRESH chopped thyme
1/4 teaspoon FRESH chopped tarragon
1/2 teaspoon FRESH chopped chives
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon UNSALTED butter
prepared egg noodles

  • Heat cast iron pan over medium heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon butter.
  • When butter has coated the pan add the generously seasoned chicken breasts and cook unsdisturbed for 2 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Transfer chicken to platter and keep warm.
  • Add avocado oil to pan and heat through.
  • Add shallots and cook until translucent.
  • Add wine and deglaze pan being sure to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes until reduced by half.
  • Add chicken broth and simmer a minute or two more.
  • Stir in thyme, tarragon and any juices from the chicken on the platter as well as the lemon juice. Cook 2-3 minutes more until starting to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and stir in unsalted butter, swirling until creamy and thick.
  • Plate chicken pieces over noodles.
  • Spoon sauce over top and garnish with chives.

BACON MUSHROOM CHICKEN

BACON MUSHROOM CHICKEN adapted from THE RECIPE CRITIC

CHICKEN
4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Generously season the chicken thighs with the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • Pan Sear each side of the chicken for 1-2 minutes until brown and place skillet in oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout.
  • Transfer chicken to a platter.

SAUCE
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces white beech mushrooms
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stems removed

  • Add avocado oil to the skillet and saute the mushrooms until soft.
  • Add the heavy cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme.
  • Bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add the bacon pieces.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet, turning to coat in the sauce.
  • Serve immediately.

RUSTIC CHICKEN with GARLIC GRAVY

RUSTIC CHICKEN with GARLIC GRAVY adapted from Seasons And Suppers
A SUPER delicious one-pan meal served over mashed potatoes or pasta.

CHICKEN
2 Tbsp cooking oil vegetable, canola etc
6 pieces skin-on/bone-in chicken thighs, washed and dried
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
20 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon FRESH thyme leaves
2 tablespoons butter
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Heat the oven to 400°.
In a large cast iron skillet heat the oil over medium high heat.
  • Generously season chicken pieces with salt and the pepper.
  • Sear the chicken until golden, turning regularly, for about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to a platter, keeping warm.
  • Remove all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan.
  • Add onions and sauce 30 seconds or so.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic, and cook, stirring regularly, until it is starting to brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic and stir until combined.
  • Return the chicken to the pot, cover, and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the oven and put it on a burner.
  • Remove the chicken pieces from the pot to platter.
  • Over medium-high heat, whisk in the wine and simmer for 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the broth, thyme and a bit more salt and pepper, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring regularly, until sauce thickens.
  • Turn the heat off and stir in the butter.
  • Taste sauce and adjust seasoning.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot coating each piece with the sauce.
  • Serve spooned over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta

PARMESAN HERB MUSHROOM CHICKEN

PARMESAN HERB MUSHROOM CHICKEN adapted from Cafe Delites

CHICKEN
2 tablespoons butter
6 skin on, bone in chicken thighs*
PINCH of garlic powder, to taste
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Generously season chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add butter. When melted sear chicken thighs 2-3 minutes on each side (skin side down last) until golden and crispy.
  • Transfer chicken pan to the oven and roast until completely cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.
Transfer to a warm plate and set aside.

SAUCE
2 green onions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (I like to substitute beech mushrooms for a nuttier flavor)
1 tablespoon FRESH minced basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons FRESH chopped Flat Leaf Parsely
1½ cups Half and Half
2 cups baby spinach
3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese , divided
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 KNORR chicken bullion cube, crushed
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with
2 tablespoons Half and Half
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley for garnish

  • Drain all but 2 tablespoons of some of the excess fat from the skillet.
  • Return skillet to the stove over medium-high heat and sauté the onions and garlic a minute or so in the pan juices until fragrant.
  • Add the mushrooms, herbs and 2 teaspoons of parsley, sautéing until mushrooms begin to soften.
  • Reduce heat to low-medium heat, add the half and half and bring to a SLOW simmer, stirring occasionally, and being careful NOT to boil.
  • Add in the bullion cube powder and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • 
Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons half and half.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to the center of the pan, and continue to simmer while quickly stirring the mixture through until the sauce thickens.
  • Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese; allow sauce to simmer for another minute until cheese melts through the sauce.
  • Add the chicken back into the pan and allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes in the cream sauce.
  • Taste test and adjust seasoning, if desired.
  • Fold in spinach leaves, stirring to coat and cooking JUST until they wilt.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of parsley and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.


NOTES – To substitute chicken breasts for the thighs there is no need to bake them. After adding the breasts back into the pan, continue simmering in the sauce until completely cooked through.

SPINACH SALAD with PEACH VINAIGRETTE

SPINACH SALAD with PEACH VINAIGRETTE serves 6-8 adapted from Alli Kelley from Longourn Farms

SALAD
4 cups baby spinach or favorite lettuce mix
4 cups coleslaw mix
+/- 1 cup Craisins
1/2 cup candied walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 large peach, peeled and sliced
Peach vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)

  • Toss together the spinach and coleslaw in a large salad bowl.
  • Sprinkle in the raisins, walnuts, sunflower seeds and Parmesan cheese.
  • Toss together.
  • Drizzle dressing over, tossing periodically until desired amount is reached.

PEACH VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup diced peaches (with skin removed)
2 tablespoons celery seeds

  • Blend all the ingredients except the celery seeds in a food processor until smooth.
  • Stir in celery seeds.

SPINACH STRAWBERRY SALAD with POPPY SEED DRESSING

SPINACH STRAWBERRY SALAD with POPPY SEED DRESSING

SALAD
3-4 cups baby spinach, washed and spun
2 cups torn romaine hearts, washed and spun
1 quart strawberries, hulled and large chopped
1/2 red onion, halved and sliced thin
1/2 cup chopped candied walnuts

DRESSING
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup avocado oil

  • Whisk together the vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour half of the vinegar into a microwave safe bowl and microwave 1 minute.
  • Add onion, toss to combine and let sit 30 minutes.

 

  • While onions marinade, toast the poppy seeds in a non-stick skillet until fragrant and darkened.

 

  • Whisk oil into remaining vinegar mixture.
  • Add FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste.

 

  • In a large salad bowl combine spinach leaves, romaine pieces, strawberry pieces and candied walnuts.
  • Remove onion from vinegar mixture and add to salad bowl, gently tossing to disperse.
  • Whisk onion marinade back into the vinegar mixture.
  • Drizzle over salad,
  • Plate salad and top with more walnuts if desired.
  • Enjoy!

SLOW COOKED SWEDISH MEATBALLS

I found this recipe in Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers: Easy, Family-Friendly Recipes from Scratch By Samantha Skaggs

I love that they start by saying “If you’ve ever visited a certain, large, Swedish, rat-maze-like furniture store”…. Gee I wonder if they mean IKEA LOL 😀 I did adapt it slightly, but the final product is REALLY similar and VERY tasty!

SLOW COOKER SWEDISH MEATBALLS
MEATBALLS
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup FRESH sourdough bread crumbs
1/2 cup WHOLE milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon FRESH ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon FRESH ground sea salt
FRESH ground pepper, to taste

  • Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, seasonings, salt and pepper.
  • Form ping pong sized meatballs, about 24 of them.
  • Arrange meatballs in a couple layers in large slow cooker.

GRAVY
3 cups beef consommé
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon House Seasoning
1/3 cup sour cream
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the consomme’, flour, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and house seasoning.
  • Pour this over the meatballs evenly.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours until meatballs are cooked through, but still tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon remove meatballs to serving platter.
  • Skin any fat from the gravy.
  • Add sour cream to a small bowl.
  • Add a couple spoonfuls of gravy to the sour cream and whisk together. This will temper the sour cream and prevent curdling. Add a few more spoonfuls and keep mixing until completely tempered,
  • Add sour cream mixture into gravy, whisking to combine.
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Add meatballs back into slow cooker and cook 30 minutes more.
  • Serve over prepared egg noodles with lingonberry jam.

Prepared egg noodles
Lingonberry jam

HOUSE SEASONING
1/4 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder

PECAN CHICKEN with MAPLE CREAM GRAVY

PECAN CHICKEN with MAPLE CREAM GRAVY

CHICKEN
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts or 2 pounds chicken tenders
1 cup buttermilk
Avocado oil or your favorite for frying or just plain old crisco
3/4 cup FINELY chopped or crushed pecan pieces
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons FRESH ground Himalayan pink salt
FRESH ground black pepper, to taste

  • Place chicken in large ziplock bag with buttermilk.
  • Chill for 8 hours.

 

  • Pour oil to a 1 inch depth in your favorite deep skillet, preferably cast iron.
  • Mix together the pecans, flour, salt and pepper.
  • Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.
  • Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  • Fry chicken 6-7 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  • Drain on wire rack.
    Keep warm.

MAPLE CREAM SAUCE
4 slices thick bacon, diced
1 shallot, minced
3 tablespoons Wondra flour
1/2 cup PURE and QUALITY maple syrup
1/4 cup whole grain mustard (optional)
1/3 cup bourbon
2 cups heavy cream
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Cook bacon until crisp.
  • Using a slotted spoon remove bacon to paper toweling to drain.
  • Add shallots to bacon grease and sauce 2 minutes or so until tender.
  • Add flour, stirring constantly until golden.
  • Add syrup, bourbon and mustard if using. Stir constantly until thickens.
  • Add cream, stirring constantly 5-7 minutes until desired consistency.
  • Fold in bacon.
  • Plate chicken
  • Serve with mashed potatoes.
  • Ladle sauce over chicken and potatoes.

SWEDISH MEATLOAVES with MASHED POTATOES, ROASTED CARROTS & LINGONBERRY JAM with HOUSE SEASONING

Meatloaf is really just an oversized meatball. So, why not make it a personal size so you can get more finished edges covered in delicious gravy?

Swedish Meat Loaves are spicy beef meatloaves smothered in a rich tasty gravy served over mashed potatoes with roasted carrots with Lingonberry jam on the side—in other words, Thanksgiving for the rest of the year.

SWEDISH MEATLOAVES with MASHED POTATOES, ROASTED CARROTS & LINGONBERRY JAM

2 Carrots, peeled and sliced into thick coins
3/4 pound Yukon potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/3 cup minced yellow onion
several sprigs Parsley, finely chopped
1 slice white bread
3 tablespoons + 1/4 cup milk
2/3 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup beef consomme
2 tablespoon Lingonberry Jam
1 tablespoon avocado oil
2 tablespoons butter
FRESH ground salt and pepper, taste

  • PREHEAT oven to 425° and adjust rack to upper position.
  • Toss carrots on a baking sheet with a drizzle of oil and a large pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Roast in oven for 15 minutes.
  • Add potatoes to a medium pot with a large pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to empty pot off heat.
  • Place bread and 3 tablespoons milk in a medium bowl. Break up bread with your hands until pasty.
  • Add in beef, 2 tablespoons minced onion, half the parsley, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper and salt to taste. Mix by hand gently until thoroughly mixed.
  • Shape mixture into two 1-inch-tall loaves.
  • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add meatloaves and cook until browned on surface but not yet cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Once carrots have roasted about 15 minutes, remove sheet from oven and give carrots a toss. Add meatloaves to same sheet and place back in oven.
  • Bake until meatloaves are cooked through and carrots are tender, about 15 minutes more.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the same pan you browned the meatloaves in over medium heat.
  • Add remaining minced onion. Cook, sauteing, until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add flour and cook, stirring, until pasty, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in beef stock and 1/4 cup milk.
  • Bring to a simmer, then whisk until thickened, about 1 minute.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg to taste.
  • Add more water if too thick.
  • Place pot with potatoes over low heat.
  • Add 1/4 cup milk and 1 tablespoon butter mashing until smooth. Add more milk if too stiff.
    Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  • Plate potatoes and meatloaves.
  • Drizzle with gravy.
  • Add carrots and jam to the side.
  • Garnish with remaining parsley.

HOUSE SEASONING MIX

1/4 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon FRESH ground black pepper

  • Combine in a small bowl until well blended.
  • Store in an air tight container.

BACON GREEN ONION DIP

Another awesome Facebook/internet find recipe. Just a couple changes to make is “US” friendly and we really enjoyed it on yesterday’s race day!! It will become a football friendly dip too 😀

BACON GREEN ONION DIP Adapted from the MIDNIGHT BAKER
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
  • Add onions and mix well.
  • Fold in bacon.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow flavors to blend.

NOTE: I have used my homemade Pimiento Cheese and just add the sour cream, garlic powder, green onions and bacon to it for a tasty variation. 😀