Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

Right off the bat, there are two important things you need to know: 1.) I strongly dislike chicken pot pie, and 2.) I love my husband dearly. Despite thing #1 above, thing #2 (and a lightning strike idea recently, in which my brain suddenly screamed “You could use CHEDDAR BISCUITS as a chicken pot pie crust!”) compelled me to make a chicken pot pie last night… and from what I’m told, it was mighty tasty.

(I CAN, however, tell you that the extra cheddar biscuits made a terrific accompaniment to my dinner of scrambled eggs and bacon.)

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping
serves 4-6

For the filling:
1 T olive oil
1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1 medium onion, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
3-4 small carrots, cut into 1/4″ rounds
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz peas (fresh or frozen)
2 T butter
2 T all purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
kosher salt and black pepper

For the biscuits:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 T sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
4 T cold butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
2 oz sharp cheddar, grated

1.) Heat a large skillet or pot over medium heat, and add the olive oil to it. Chop your chicken into bite size pieces, season it with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper, and add to the pot. Cook the chicken until nicely browned and just cooked through; remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

2.) Add the carrots to the hot pot, and cook until the edges are starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper (a pinch each); add the onions, and cook both until they are lightly browned and slightly softened, another 3-4 minutes or so. Add the garlic, and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3.) Preheat your oven to 425°. Add the 2 tablespoons of butter to the vegetables in the pot, and allow the butter to melt. Once it has melted, sprinkle the flour over the vegetables, and stir until all the flour is moistened. Allow the flour-coated vegetables to cook for 2-3 minutes, to cook out the raw flour taste.

4.) Pour the chicken stock into the pot, and use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow everything to come to a simmer, and add the heavy cream. Add the chicken back into the pot, and allow the sauce to simmer until it has thickened slightly, 4-5 minutes.

5.) While the chicken and vegetables are simmering, make your biscuits (the method is here – stir the cheddar in at the same time as the buttermilk).

6.) Add the peas to the chicken and vegetable mixture, stirring them in. Pour the mixture into a baking dish, and evenly space the biscuits across the top.

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

7.) Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the biscuits are nicely browned, and the gravy is bubbling. Serve hot!

As I mentioned above, I don’t eat chicken pot pie (I am not a fan of gravy, and I’m not really fond of peas, either) – but my husband had nothing but great things to say about this dish. As a matter of fact, he ate 2/3 of the pan in a span of about 30 minutes! I would absolutely make it again, when we’re in need of some delicious comfort food – it’s even pretty enough to make for company!

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

I just can’t get into gravy, I’m sorry,
Tina

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Parmesan Baked Eggs with Artichokes and Crispy Prosciutto

Well, Crist has departed the Great White North for the warmer temperatures of South Carolina. As with her winter visit last year, we got plenty of snow during her her stay, and had a wonderful time eating, relaxing, and shopping… as always, it was sad to say goodbye when the time came to drop her off at the airport.

One of our new activities during this visit was making donuts – something that neither of us had done before, and that turned out to be AWESOME. But, before we dive into some delicious donut recipes this week, I wanted to share a breakfast dish I tried out a while back. It’s pretty easy to throw together, doesn’t take too long, and is pretty darn healthy – but it still feels a bit luxurious and fancy, perfect for a lazy weekend morning!

Parmesan Baked Eggs with Artichokes and Crispy Prosciutto

Parmesan Baked Eggs with Artichokes and Crispy Prosciutto
serves 4

1 can artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and chopped
1 cup cannellini beans, rinse and drained
1 small shallot, minced
2t olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus more for garnish
pinch each of salt and pepper
4 eggs
4 slices of prosciutto (or bacon, if you prefer)
8 small slices of bread (I sliced up a ciabatta roll), toasted

1.) Preheat your oven to 375°. In a small bowl, mix together the chopped artichoke hearts, beans, shallot, olive oil, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, salt, and pepper, until everything is well-combined.

2.) Divide the artichoke and bean mixture evenly between 4 small ramekins. Use the back of a spoon to create a small indentation in the center of the mixture.

3.) Carefully crack one egg into each ramekin, doing your best to keep the yolk situated in the middle. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over each egg, and then sprinkle each egg generously with more grated parmesan.

4.) Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for about 12 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are set, but the yolk is still quite runny (if you prefer a more thoroughly cooked egg yolk, just bake until your desired doneness).

5.) While your eggs are baking, place your prosciutto slices in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for about 7-8 minutes in the 375° oven, until crispy. Remove the slices to a paper towel-lined plate, allow them to drain for a few minutes, and then chop or crumble into bite-size pieces.

6.) Sprinkle the crispy prosciutto over the baked egg dishes, and serve with crostini immediately.

Parmesan Baked Eggs with Artichokes and Crispy Prosciutto

These baked eggs are seriously delicious. The runny yolk breaks over the vegetables and creates a rich, silky sauce that TASTES way more indulgent and calorie-dense than it is. A little creaminess from the white beans, some nuttiness from the parmesan, a bit of sweetness from the shallots – it all comes together to make a deliciously satisfying meal!

Enough of this healthy junk; tomorrow we talk about DONUTS!
Tina

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I think my very favorite meal to ever come out of my mother’s kitchen is her green chicken enchiladas. Even as an exceptionally picky child (have we discussed how picky I was as a kid? I basically ate nothing, ever), I loved those enchiladas. They were cheesy and creamy and a bit spicy (or a lot spicy, depending on the particular batch of salsa verde from the Mexican grocery store… every once in a while we got a good, if unexpected, sinus clearing). I’m not sure what kind of voodoo magic my mom uses in her enchiladas, but I’ve never been able to replicate them exactly; so, rather than driving myself up a wall trying to make them exactly right, I finally just decided to put my own little twist on the recipe.

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

My version is slightly different, but delicious in its own way; most obviously, it’s more of a casserole than actual enchiladas. Many, many attempts at rolling enchiladas and having the damn tortillas crumble in my hands (YES, I’ve asked my mom how she does it, and NO, I still can’t make it work), and I’ve finally given up. Casserole it is!

(My apologies for the sub-par photos… this is just not the most attractive dish on earth. However, I promise that it IS delicious, looks aside!)

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole
serves 6-8

1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded*
1 large sweet onion, diced small
3 cloves garlic, minced
two 16oz jars of salsa verde**
8oz monterey jack, shredded
8oz sour cream (reduced fat is fine)
12 small corn tortillas
salt and pepper

*If you use Pinterest, you’ve likely seen a million pins talking about how you should shred your chicken in your stand mixer. Quite frankly, this grossed me right out when I first read it – but, lucky for me, a friend of mine tried it and said it worked really well, so I got up the nerve to try it… and it. is. AWESOME. It cuts the tedious chore of shredding a pound of chicken from 20 minutes (and sore hands afterward) to about 30 seconds. I bake my chicken (in this instance, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder; baked, covered, for about 30 minutes at 350°), let it cool for about 5 minutes, and then pop it into the bowl of the mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer on to low, and 30 seconds later, you have perfectly shredded chicken.

Shredded Chicken

**I prefer the Herdez brand, and it can usually be found in the Hispanic foods section of your grocery store. If you can’t find Herdez, use any other brand you enjoy!

1.) Heat a pot over medium heat, and add a teaspoon or two of olive oil to to it. Once it’s hot, add the onions, and cook until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about one minute; season with a pinch each of salt and pepper.

2.) Add the shredded chicken, and one jar of the salsa verde, and reduce the heat to low. Keep the mixture over low heat to keep it warm.

3.) Heat a small skillet over low heat, and add some of the second jar of salsa verde to it, so it’s about 1/2″ deep. While that sauce heats through, preheat your oven to 375°, and grab a casserole dish (I used a 9×9 dish).

4.) Spoon a small amount of the green sauce/chicken mixture into the bottom of the dish, and spread it evenly around. Then, take a corn tortilla, and put it into the small skillet filled with sauce; let it sit in the sauce until it’s evenly coated and slightly softened, just about 10-15 seconds. Remove it from the sauce, and lay it in the dish, using as many tortillas as you need to create a layer (I used three per layer, ripping one in half to sit the dish better). You’ll repeat this with all the corn tortillas, layering them into the dish as you go, and adding more sauce to the skillet as needed.

5.) Spoon 1/4 of the chicken mixture on top of the tortilla layer, and spread it out evenly. Spread 1/4 of the sour cream on top of that, doing your best to spread it out; top with 1/4 of the cheese. Continue layering until you use all your ingredients, ending with the cheese. I like to lightly mist the cheese with olive oil, to help it brown in the oven.

6.) Bake for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and browned; turn the broiler on for the last minute or two, if needed, to brown the cheese.

7.) Allow the casserole to sit for at least 5 minutes, so it will set up a bit. Then, cut into squares, and serve!

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

You can serve this with a side of refried beans, or some rice, or chips and guacamole… or whatever you like! I served ours with a side of chili lime-seasoned cauliflower (recipe forthcoming), because I really wanted to have a slightly lighter side dish; of course, Crist wasted no time in telling me (repeatedly) that serving cauliflower with Mexican food was “gross”, but I paid her no attention, because we thought it was delicious.

Crist comes to visit in 3 days!
Tina

beef lombardi.

Good Monday morning to you! I am finally getting back into the swing of things after the holidays and yes, my tree is still up but the ornaments are off and I am not ashamed. Tina is threatening (or promising?) to leave hers up until after I visit there in two weeks, so at least there’s another who holds on to their tree until the last possible moment. There’s a reason we’re friends.

Anyway. To the recipes. Y’all know we love a casserole in my household, and a pasta bake is even more well received. I like to make a casserole for Sunday supper because of the kind of schedule my husband has; it generally leaves lots of leftovers for him to eat whenever he needs a snack. I dropped this off for him at work last night, and I was hardly home before I got an “I LOVE THIS DISH” text. Now, Matt’s usually very complimentary of my cooking but rarely this exuberant. Needless to say, once I got home and fixed myself a portion, I agreed. It’s the strangest mix of ingredients but let me tell you, it works. Once again, a Twitterless Kerri recommendation comes through for us.

beef lombardi.

Beef Lombardi
via Southern Living

1 pound lean ground beef
1 14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 8 oz. package medium egg noodles
6 green onions, chopped
1 1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.
Stir in chopped tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; cook 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and bay leaf, and simmer 30 minutes.

Cook egg noodles according to package directions; drain. Stir together cooked egg noodles, chopped green onions, and sour cream until blended.

Place noodle mixture in bottom of a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheeses. Bake, covered with aluminum foil, at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover casserole, and bake 5 more minutes.

(This casserole can be frozen up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake as directed.)

Y’all, that was a lot of cheese. And I thought to myself, as studied the mountain of cheeses that I’d grated, that I probably shouldn’t use it all. But what the heck, I did. Matt would likely say I was crazy, but I wouldn’t use that much again. Half a cup of each would likely be more than enough. Also, the original recipe called for 6 oz. egg noodles but I found an 8 oz. bag so I just upped the sour cream a little bit.

why yes, that's a lot of cheese.

why yes, that’s a lot of cheese.

Already jealous Matt’s eating this for lunch and I’m not,
jcristg