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Farm Sandwich on Sourdough

Farm Sandwich on Sourdough

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: cinch
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Farm Sandwich on Sourdough

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Our fridge went out last week and after several repair appointment snafus and one failed self repair by me, we ended up on a 7 day sandwiches and grilling cycle. We finally said to heck with it and bought a new one because we were tired of living out of coolers and getting ice etc…

This sandwich highlights just about every animal in a typical farm. We have goat cheese, cheddar, chicken, bacon and veggies on sourdough bread.

Ingredients (2 sandwiches):
2 chicken breast (brined in salt path with Tabasco)
2 strips of crispy roasted bacon
2 tbs of Goat cheese
slice of cheddar on each (had to work the cow into it)
2 tbs of roasted red peppers
2 tbs of chipotle peppers
Bibb lettuce
Handful of cherry tomatoes
Dukes Mayo
Pinch of cumin

Directions:
1. Fire up the grill and take your brined chicken and slice it thinly. Salt and pepper with a touch of cumin.
2. Roast some bacon in a 375 oven for about 40mins or microwave if you don’t have the time. Jill demands crispy.
3. In a skillet make a tomato jam by cutting your cherry tomatoes in half and put them in a medium heated skillet. Salt and pepper lightly and cook down into a paste.
4. Take your goat cheese, chipotle pepper and roasted red peppers and whip it until fully combined. Use a food processor if you want to wash it for such a small amount of spread.
5. We broiled our sourdough and decided on crunchy side out to fully shred the insides of our mouths. Sometimes I go toasted side in and sometimes out.
6. Dukes mayo on the bottom topped with tomato jam. Top side gets the goat cheese spread. Slice your chicken on the bias and add your bacon, cheddar and bibb lettuce. Enjoy with some Sriracha spiced chips.

King Ranch Casserole featuring Hatch Chilies

King Ranch Casserole

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: medium due to number of steps
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King Ranch Casserole featuring Hatch Chiles
King Ranch Casserole
King Ranch Casserole

Texans are quite familiar with the King Ranch Casserole. It’s basically our version of lasagna (instead of pasta we use corn tortillas, instead of mascarpone we use sour cream mushroom sauce, instead tomatoes we use Rotel with green chilies, instead of mozzarella we use cheddar/Monterrey jack.) I mentioned earlier Louis Lambert’s cookbook “Big Ranch, Big City” and I also highlighted that it is Hatch Chili season. I adapted this recipe from his version of “Creamy Chicken Casserole with Hatch Chiles”. Froze half for use in the fall.

This recipe takes no short cuts so you poach your chicken; create scratch broth and mushroom sour cream sauce. The payoff is worth it because the flavors are amazing combining earthiness from the cumin, roasted hatch chilies and jalapenos, the creaminess from the cheeses and sour cream mushroom sauce, the heat from the cayenne, chilies, jalapenos, Tabasco, and the heartiness from the chicken. Comfort dish for the fall , winter and for company.

King Ranch Casserole
King Ranch Casserole

Ingredients:
Poached Chicken
3 chicken breasts
3 thighs
1 yellow onion (diced)
2 stalks of celery (diced)
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 tps dried oregano
1 bay leaf
5 shakes of Tabasco
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups of water
Casserole
2 tbs olive oil
2 cups of diced mushrooms
¼ cup All Purpose Flour
1 can of Rotel (diced tomatoes and chilies)
1 cup of Sour Cream
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
8 scrapes of fresh nutmeg
8 Roasted Hatch Chiles (skinned, seeded and diced)
2 diced and seeded jalapenos
1 cup of cilantro (we use more than most might)
2 cups of cheddar cheese (freshly shredded – no packaged stuff)
1 cup of Monterrey jack cheese (freshly shredded – no packaged stuff)
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

Directions: Poach your chicken by adding everything in a large pot and bring it to a boil. I tried Lambert’s technique of cooking for 5mins, then covering it for 1min and then turn off the heat and let it cook through for about an hour. I have never tried it this way. Let it cool and then pull your chicken out and cube it up or pull it into chunks. Strain the liquid and save the veggies and 2.5 cups of liquid. Save the rest for future use.

Preheat 350. Now make the sour cream mushroom sauce by putting a skillet on high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 4mins. Add your butter and let it melt then your flour until it is paste / rue like. Now add the chicken stock you set aside and the vegetables you removed from the strainer. You will reduce this while stirring for a 10mins. Now add your Rotel, sour cream, Hatch chiles and Cilantro and let it cook for a few minutes to incorporate fully. Remove from heat and set aside.
Assemble: you should have three bowls with chicken, the sauce and your shredded cheese. Hit your tortillas on a skillet for a minute to soften them. Take a 9×13 greased plan you will make three layers. Tortillas, 1/3 of mixture, then cheese… repeat twice more and bake it covered for 15mins and then 30mins uncovered to brown the cheese.

King Ranch Casserole Lambert style
King Ranch Casserole Lambert style

Moroccan Chicken Skewers

Moroccan Chicken Skewers

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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In Bon Appetit’s July edition they featured a piece titled “Sunday Grilling Day in Lebanon”. Their photos look so delicious I had to try this out. I adapted their chicken and hummus recipes.

A great meal with the peppery chicken char grilled with sweetened red onion. The garlic sauce has a popping heat from the raw garlic but is tamed slightly with the greek yogurt. Paired with the tang of the harrisa hummus and a torn piece of grilled naan bread you have a nice bite with a ton of flavors going on. It’s a keeper.

Ingredients
Garlic Sauce
4 cloves of garlic , minced and smeared into paste
1/3 cup olive oil
1tsp fresh chopped thai basil (needed to prune mine and thought it might be nice)
4 tbs greek yogurt (plain)
Kosher salt to taste

Chicken
2 chicken breasts
2 chicken thighs
½ cup of chopped flat leaf parsley
1 red onion
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
½ tsp crushed red pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Kosher salt to taste

Directions
Make the sauce by mincing the garlic and then smearing it into a paste using the flat side of the knife.   Whisk the oil and garlic followed by slowly adding the yogurt. Chill in fridge.

Cut your chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with all the spices and chopped parsley. Let it marinade for up to 24hrs and no less than 2hrs.

When you are ready to eat, fire up your grill to medium and skewer your chicken with a slice of red onion in between the meat.   Cook until chicken is cooked.   Careful with that hot skewer.   I served it with the sauce, a simple salad made of arugula, pickled radishes and goat cheese, topped with toasted pine nuts, and a side of harrisa humus with naan bread.

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Roasted Brined Bock Chicken

Roasted Brined Bock Chicken

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Roasted Spicy Brined Chicken
Roasted Spicy Brined Chicken

Due to traveling last week, I picked up a summer cold. I was craving chicken but didn’t want chicken soup. I decided to roast up a chicken because they always end up juicy and perfect. Something about roasting is magical.

Ingredients:
1 Whole chicken
1 Beer (Shiner Bock)
2 tbs Tabasco or Pepper Sauce
½ cup Italian Dressing (for mopping)
1/4 cup Kosher Salt
1 tbs Black pepper
1 tbs Fresh thyme
1 tps Sage
2 tbs Butter
6 cups Chicken Stock


Directions:

1. Remove the spine and giblets from the chicken and use them to create fresh chicken stock. (water, chicken, salt, and if you have onions, carrots, celery add them to pot, bring to boil and simmer to reduce to concentrate the flavor.
2. Take your split chicken and in a large container or ziplock add everything but the butter and brine for at least 24 hrs.
3. Put the chicken in a baking dish, rub butter under the skin and salt & pepper. .
4. Roast at 400 degrees with mopping of Italian dressing to keep it moist. (every 15mins) when juices run clear or the thickest part tops 165 degrees.

Roasted chicken and fingerling potatoes
Roasted chicken and fingerling potatoes

Pablano Mexican Chicken Lasagna

Pablano Mexican Chicken Lasagna

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium... it's easy but involved
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I was watching “The Best Thing I Ever Made” on the Food Network. Marcela Valladolid raved about her Pablano Lasagna. I whipped one up and it didn’t disappoint.
However, I thought I could make a few tweaks by bumping up the corn, pablanos and adding chicken.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/marcela-valladolid/corn-and-poblano-lasagna-2-recipe.html

She's a beauty
She’s a beauty

Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts
8 pablano peppers
4 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon
1 onion (yellow or white)
3 zucchinis (med to large)
3 jalapeno peppers
6 ears of fresh corn (use 3 – 4 cups and save the rest for another recipe)
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 can Rotel 10 oz
1/2 cup chicken Broth
1 pkg “No Boil” lasagna noodles
2 tbs unsalted butter
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups fresh mozzarella (or Marcel used Oaxaca cheese)

Spices:
1tbs Cumin,
2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder,
3 pinches of Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Pinch of Cayenne (optional)

Directions:
1. 24hrs before cooking, marinate your trimmed chicken in your chicken stock, Rotel, squeezed half lemon, cumin, ancho chili powder and cayenne.
2. Day of cooking. Char your pablanos, jalapenos and corn on the grill, stove or in oven (broil). You want the peppers burnt/black/blistered. I also like my corn to have a nice tan too.
3. Save your marinade. Go ahead and throw your chicken on the grill (medium/hot 400 range) and get some nice marks on the them. You will saute them later so don’t cook them fully on the grill.
4. Remove peppers and put them in glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let them steam for easy skin removal. I like to keep a little on for taste.
5. Once your corn and peppers are cooled to handle. Take a knife and carefully cut of the corn kernels and put them into a bowl. Also remove the clean skin of the peppers until you have mostly the green flesh. Then filet them open and cut into strips removing all seeds and membranes.
6. Go get your chicken off the grill and set it aside. Again, we just used the grill for marks not for fully cooking the chicken.
7.  Pour yourself a glass of tequila, squeeze a lime and hit it with some agave or simple syrup (which you should always have at the ready). Relax a little.
8. Two pots on the stove. First pot add 2 tsp of butter and your minced garlic on medium heat.  Simmer for a minute and then add corn ( i used about 3.5 cups of corn) and diced jalapenos.  Stir a little and then add the heavy cream, thyme and pinch of cayenne. Reduce heat and let the flavors meld.
9. Second pot: (this is where I could get a lecture but I am alive because heat kills bacteria).  Then slice your onions and chicken very thinly and put them into the pan/ pot and let it simmer with 1bs butter.  Add some marinade or a little chicken stock to keep it moist.
10. Take your corn mixture and put it into the blender (be careful it’s hot and will blow your lid off so let it vent or cool) Blend until smooth.

Now all we do is build the lasagna. Preheat oven to 350. Pour out liquid from our chicken and onions, slice zucchini into thin strips. Take a 9x 13 glass baking dish and ladle corn mixture on the bottom, then three pasta sheets to cover the bottom, then add your chicken and onions (without the marinade – we just used it to keep it moist and cook in some flavor), and now your sliced zucchini and pablanos. Repeat 2x lasagna, corn, chicken, pablanos and cheese, cover in foil.
Bake it for 45/50 mins. Turn on your broiler, remove foil and let it go for 10 mins or until cheese is brown and bubbly.

As Marcela might say…”dat ta da…”

Pablano chicken lasanga

420 Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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The herbs really make this dish with that touch of zing from coarse grain mustard and the juiciness from the roasting make this dish stand out despite how easy it is.

Roasted 420 Chicken
Roasted 420 Chicken

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
1 tbs ea Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Lemon verbena
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lemon squeezed
1 tsp Slap yo Mama seasoning (order on amazon) or use cayenne or Tabasco
1 tbs coarse grain mustard

Marinated 420 Chicken
Marinated 420 Chicken

Directions:
1. 1 Day in advance of cooking …trim chicken breast to your satisfaction and place it into a ziplock bag, add everything but the herbs with a pinch or two of salt.
2. Day of cooking… chop herbs and add to bag while you work on your other sides.
3. 50 mins before your’e ready to eat add a dash of olive oil and all the ingredients into a baking dish (just big enough for the chicken)
4. Roast at 400 for 40-50 mins until juices run clear and chicken is done.

Fresh Herbs
Fresh Herbs