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Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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During the colder months here in Florida, I love making one-pot meals like soups and stews. Chili is definitely one of our favorites. I’ve played around with some recipes and found I like this one the best. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep. The best part is… everything’s done in the slow cooker! This is my Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.

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Crock Pot

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Limes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: soaking beans overnight
Total  Time:  6 hrs 45 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 7-quart Crockpot, chef’s knife, large mixing bowl, 2-cup measuring cup

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 pound of dried Great Northern beans, soaked and rinsed
2 ribs of celery, chopped and cut into half-moons
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2  4-ounce cans of  Hatch green chilies, chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 quart of chicken stock, unsalted
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup Masa
1 15-ounce package of frozen sweet corn
2 limes 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges for serving
1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated, 1/2 cup reserved for serving
2 avocados, sliced for garnish
Cilantro for garnish
corn tortilla chips for serving

Directions:
The night before, pour 1 pound of dried Great Northern beans into a large mixing bowl. Cover the beans, by 3 inches, with water, cover, and place on the counter. The next day, drain and rinse the beans to remove any excess starch.

Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and Kosher salt. Sprinkle the spices over the chicken. Add the beans, celery, garlic, canned chilies, onions, and diced bell pepper.

Pour in the chicken broth, put the lid on and cook on low until the beans are cooked through, about 6 hrs.

Mix the milk with the Masa in a small bowl then add to the slow cooker. Add the frozen corn, straight from the freezer, and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken to a board and shred using two forks. Return to the slow cooker, then add the lime juice, sprinkle in the Monterey Jack cheese and stir to melt.

To serve: Ladle the chili into a bowl and garnish with extra cheese, cilantro, avocado slices, and a lime wedge. Place a few tortilla chips in or on the side for garnish. This is my Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili. Serve hot.

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Stuffing Muffins

 

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My Stuffing Muffins are a twist on a traditional dish. Family and friends are always amazed when they see these on the table.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins
Equipment: a 12-inch sauté pan, one 12-cup muffin-tin pan, 1 small mixing bowl, 2 medium-size mixing bowls, 1 large mixing bowl, chef’s knife, large ice cream scoop, mini food processor, rubber spatula
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 stick of butter, unsalted
4 ribs of celery, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/2 cup of golden raisins
2 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
3 large eggs, beaten (cage-free)
3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1-quart of chicken stock, unsalted
1 sprig plus 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, roughly chopped
1/4 cup of flat-leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
8 cups of Ciabatta bread, cubed
1-quart of chicken stock, unsalted

Directions For The Oven Bake Method.
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Start by evenly dividing the bread cubes out onto two rimmed baking sheet pans. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes evenly into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes turning them once halfway through the cooking process to make sure they brown evenly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside to cool.

Directions:
Adjust oven temperature to 375-degrees F.
Start by buttering a muffin-tin pan.

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 sprig of rosemary, and sausage. Using a wooden spoon break the sausage apart and cook until no longer pink and brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the excess fat completely, transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl. Allow to cool and set aside.

In the same sautè pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 4 tablespoons of butter. While the butter is melting add 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sage leaves. Add the diced onions, and celery. Add Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, golden raisins, and poultry seasoning. Stirring frequently, cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the vegetables soften. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

In a medium-size mixing bowl add the eggs, dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary, 1 tablespoon sage leaves, thyme, and flat-leaf Italian parsley. Whisk to combine.

Add the cooled veggies and cooked sausage to the bowl containing the croutons. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix to combine. Finally, slowly pour the chicken broth over all the ingredients, allowing all the bread cubes to absorb the liquid. Gently continually stirring as you add the liquid. There will most likely be extra liquid in the bowl and will be absorbed during the baking process.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a large helping, of the stuffing, into the muffin tins. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until set and crisp on top. Keep a close eye on them as they cook, time may vary slightly.

To serve, carefully remove the Stuffing Muffins arranging them on a large serving platter and serve hot or at room temperature.

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Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash With Italian Sausage And Pears

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My favorite part of any stuffing is the crunchy and caramelized topping that occurs in the last minutes of cooking. How the croutons become golden brown, the pears release their sugars and glisten from that slight char along with the crunchy exterior of the sweet Italian sausage. Yet inside, the stuffing is soft and flavorful. What I’m describing is my Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash With Italian Sausage And Pears.

Let me start by showing you how roasting winter squashes brings out their flavor. Then I’m going to go a step further and fill them with savory sausage and sweet pears.

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch non-stick sauté pan, 4 rimmed baking sheet pans, Chef’s knife, small mixing bowl, whisk, pastry brush

Ingredients:
4 acorn squash, seeded and tops and bottoms cut
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 stick of butter, unsalted, melted
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, bulk or casings removed
1 sprig plus 1 tablespoon of fresh sage leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 diced Bosc pears
1 diced zucchini
6 cremini mushrooms, diced
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs of celery, diced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of chili powder
3 heaping cups of homemade croutons, (Ciabatta bread), 1 /1/2 inch bread cubes
1/2 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
Bib lettuce and fresh sage for garnish

Directions For The Homemade Croutons:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Start by evenly dividing the bread cubes out onto two rimmed baking sheet pans. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes evenly into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes turning them once halfway through the cooking process to make sure they brown evenly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Start by cutting the tops off the 4 squash. Next, clean the seeds out of the inside. Then cut a thin slice off the bottom of each one so they will sit upright on the baking sheets. Place 2 on each sheet tray. On the inside of each acorn squash add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until fork-tender. In a small mixing bowl with melted butter add chili powder and brown sugar, whisk to combine. Brush the inside of each squash with the flavored butter mixture and return to the oven for another 5 to 7 minutes. Be sure to keep a close eye on the squash for the last few minutes of cooking. You don’t want them to burn. Remove the squash from the oven, Set aside.

In a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat (no oil needed) add the skinless sweet Italian sausage. Using a wooden spoon, start breaking up the sausage. Cook the sausage for 15 minutes until brown, crumbly, and there is no pink. Transfer the cooked sausage to a plate lined with a paper towel allowing the fat to drain, set aside.

Tip: Take a paper towel and wipe out the sauté pan. No reason to dirty another pan.

Using the same sauté pan over medium heat, melt butter, olive oil, and chopped sage leaves. Once the sage becomes fragrant add the diced cremini mushrooms, zucchini, celery, onions, Bosc pears, minced garlic, chili powder, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Once the veggies start to soften, then add in the diced pears. Stir and continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cooked sausage back to the pan, stir to combine. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Tip: It’s important that all the veggies are relatively cut the same size ensuring they’ll cook at the same time.

At this point, add the sausage and vegetable mixture to the bowl with the croutons. Add the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, gently toss to combine.

Fill each of the squash with the filling. Any extra filling place into an oven-safe baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over the top of each one and place back into the oven for 3 to 5 minutes or until the tops become golden brown and caramelized.

First, place the leafy greens on the plate. Arrange the Roasted Acorn Squash Filled With Italian Sausage And Pears on top, garnish with a sprig of fresh sage. Serve hot.

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