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Sirloin Tips With Mushroom Gravy

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This dish is one of our favorites. I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked to make my Sirloin Tips With Mushroom Gravy. The meat is so tender, the mushroom and onions pair perfectly with that deep brown gravy that swims over the egg noodles. This recipe is really easy to make.

I prefer to use a large sautèpan to brown and caramelize the meat because of its large surface area. I like to do this in two batches so as not to overcrowd the meat during the browning process before transferring the meat to the braising pot.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: Heavy bottom braising pot with lid,  12-inch sauté pan, large pot,  large mixing bowl, 1 (6-quart) pot, whisk, small bowl

Ingredients:
1 pinch of granulated sugar
1/4 cup red wine, divided
1 1/2 pounds of top sirloin steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch bite-size pieces
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tbsp for mushrooms, 3 tbsp for egg noodles
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for the mushrooms
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon of fresh rosemary, minced
3 fresh sprigs of thyme (if the stems are woody, strip off the leaves, if the stems are still green and tender, no need to remove them)
1/4 cup of Cabernet Sauvignon
2 cups beef stock, unsalted, reserve 1 cup of chilled beef stock for a *slurry
1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1-10 1/2-ounce can of beef consommé
2 pints of Cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 pint of Shitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
2 onions, large dice
1 package of NO Yolks broad noodles
1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped to garnish egg noodles, (optional)

Directions For Browning Sirloin:
Cut the steak into 1 1/2 inch bite-size pieces, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Toss to coat.

In a preheated sautèpan over medium heat add half the steak cubes to the sautè pan, do not overcrowd. Allow them to brown, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip the sirloin tips to brown on the other side, again 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer them to the braising pot. Repeat this process for the second batch.

Using the same sauté pan, used to brown the steak, turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter melts add the diced onions, mushrooms, fresh rosemary, and thyme, continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes. Next, add the garlic, stir to combine, cook for another 2 minutes.

Pour in the wine, using a wooden spoon, to *deglaze by scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan. Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, continue cooking until the wine reduces by half another 2 to 3 minutes, transfer the mushroom and onion mixture to the braising pot.

Pour 1 cup of beef stock into a small bowl or container. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill until the time comes to make the *slurry.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Still over medium-high heat, add the remaining unsalted beef stock, beef consommé, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce to the pot. Bring up to a simmer, turn the heat off, cover and transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour, or until meat is tender.

To the reserved 1 cup of chilled unsalted beef stock add 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch. Whisk both together until it forms a smooth paste.

Remove the pot from the oven. Remove the lid and turn the heat to medium. Add the *slurry slowly, stirring occasionally, cook until the sauce thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the heat to off, cover to keep hot.

In the meantime, cook the egg noodles according to package directions. In a large bowl add the remaining butter and chopped parsley. Drain noodles really well, then add to the bowl, toss to combine.

To serve. place buttered parsley egg noodles into a serving bowl, ladle the Sirloin Tips With Mushroom Gravy over top. Serve hot.

*deglaze: To dilute meat sediments on the bottom of a pan in order to make a gravy or sauce. Typically done with wine.

*Slurry: For each cup of liquid you want to thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a bowl or measuring cup. Add an equal amount of cold liquid and whisk until smooth paste forms.

 

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Chicken Cacciatore

 

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Chicken Cacciatore

A very dear friend of mine, Chris, who just happens to be a fireman with the Orlando Fire Department, shares my passion for cooking and delicious food.

Chris and I were talking recently, he told me that he would like to make a dish for the men and women at the department. I knew just the recipe I wanted to share. I thought my recipe for Chicken Cacciatore would be perfect.

This dish is one that braises chicken low and slow and is basically done in one large pot. I’ve made it on top of the stove, but it can be done, just as easily, in a large disposable pan with a tight-fitting lid, in the oven. Delicious and easy, this recipe can easily be translated into serving a large number of people.

For this recipe, I chose a Pappardelle pasta. Pappardelle is a thick cut pasta.  This style of pasta allows the sauce to cling to the noodles really well. Egg noodles would also work great and are readily available in most grocery stores.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time For Roasting Chicken: 20 to 25 minutes
Cook Time: 58 minutes
Total  Time: 1 hour 43 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 2 baking rimmed baking sheet pans, 6-quart Dutch Oven

Ingredients For Chicken:
4 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts, cut in half (yielding 8 pieces)
4 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt, black pepper, dried rosemary- liberal sprinkling

Ingredients:
1 diced onion
2 pints of sliced mushrooms
1 red and yellow bell pepper diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
1 tablespoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
1 tablespoon of dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
1 tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup of white wine (Chardonnay)
1/2 cup of unsalted chicken broth
1 28-ounce can of San Marzano whole tomatoes with juice
1 15-ounce can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juice
1 16-ounce package of Pappardelle or egg noodles
1 package of fresh basil leaves

Directions For Roasting Chicken:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Take the 4 chicken breasts and cut them in half (giving you 8 pieces) as shown in the pictures above. Lay them out, skin side up, on the baking sheets. Using a paper towel, pat and dry each piece really well. This will allow the chicken to brown nicely. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each piece and rub the oil all over the top of each one. Next, liberally sprinkle Kosher salt,  fresh ground black pepper, and dried rosemary over each of the pieces.

Tip: Be sure to crush the dried rosemary between your fingers to release their oils.

Bake for 20 minutes in the oven. Switch the oven to broil. Let the chicken continue cooking, another 5 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and golden brown.

Note: If your oven does not have a broil option, then turn the temperature up to 450-degrees F., keeping a close eye on the chicken. Let the chicken brown and crisp up that way. Remove from the oven and set aside until needed.

Directions For Stove Top Method:
In a preheated Dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil and diced onions. Sprinkle Kosher salt and pepper, to taste. Stir the onions for 2 to 3 minutes or until translucent, then add in the diced bell peppers and mushrooms. Continue sautéing the veggies, another 5 minutes.

As the veggies start to release their water add the minced garlic, tomato paste, and spices. Continue stirring all the ingredients together. At this point, sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour and stir that through. Next, add the white wine and chicken broth. Let that come to a bubble and cook for another 5 minutes.

Moving forward, add the whole tomatoes, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and brown sugar. Using a wooden spoon, break up the whole tomatoes and stir. Add back, into the pot, the pre-cooked chicken pieces. Make sure they are not completely submerged. Bring everything back up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Let everything simmer together on low heat for another 45 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165-degrees F. and tender.

Transfer the chicken pieces carefully to a plate. This time, keep the lid off, turn the heat somewhere between medium to medium-high heat. Let the sauce come up to a bubble, stirring occasionally, cook for another 5 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat off and add in the fresh basil leaves. Stir the basil throughout the sauce.

Have a pot of the boiling salted water ready so while the sauce is thickening on the stove, you can drop the pasta and everything will be done at the same time.

To serve, place the pasta in the bottom of each serving bowl. Top with two pieces of chicken and ladle this delicious sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh basil.

Directions For Making More Than 4 Servings At One Time:
Equipment: Large disposable foil pan with a tight-fitting lid, and 1 large or more than 2 1/4 sheet pans.
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Prepare and precook the chicken the same as above.
Adjust all the ingredients, from the (4 chicken breasts) 4 servings above to the amount you intend to make.

Add all the ingredients to the large foil pan. Mix all the ingredients together. Next, place pre-cooked chicken on top making sure not to completely submerge the chicken. Place the lid on tightly. Bake for 1 hour. Remove the lid, remove the chicken from the pan and place onto a plate covered with foil to stay warm. Note: Check to make sure chicken temperature is at 165-degrees F. internally, and tender. Due to the fact that cooking on top of the stove in comparison to oven cooking times may vary.

Pour the sauce from the pan into a large pot. Turn the burner to medium to med-high heat. Let the sauce cook down and thicken, stirring occasionally. While the sauce is starting to reduce, have a pot of salted boiling water ready, drop the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the package. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat off, stir in the fresh basil leaves.

To serve, place pasta in the bottom of the single-serving porcelain bowl. Place two pieces of chicken on top, and generously ladle the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with fresh basil. There you have it my Chicken Cacciatore!

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Homemade Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Here in Florida, we have a popular restaurant/bar that serves Homemade Cajun Chicken Pasta. Every time we go that’s what I order. I just love it so much I needed to recreate it at home.

I will say, a good bit of butter goes into making of this dish, but that’s part of the reason it’s so delicious. I think once and a while it’s alright to indulge in a rich and decadent dish!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: cast iron skillet and a deep-sided frying pan, 6-quart saucepot, whisk, large mixing bowl. 1-gallon zip-lock plastic bag, Microplane

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 pounds (1 1/2 boxes) of linguine
1 pint of white button mushrooms, sliced
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 shallot, finely minced
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 cup of dry white wine
6 tablespoons of olive oil
8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter, unsalted
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
4 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons of sweet paprika
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup of chicken broth, unsalted
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (reserve 1/2 cup for garnishing each serving)
Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish, finely chopped

Directions:
Place 4 boneless skinless chicken breast, that’s been patted dry, in a large resealable plastic bag. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika. Let all the air out of the bag and seal it up. Using your hands, massage the chicken so all the seasoning coats the chicken. Set aside.

In a cast-iron skillet over medium melt 2 tablespoons each of butter and olive oil. Add the minced shallot, sliced mushrooms, and dried thyme. Cook the mushrooms and shallots for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the mushrooms have released all their water and become brown. Next, add the minced garlic, stirring, continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer until all the liquid has evaporated. This process should take another 7 to 10 minutes.

While the mushrooms are simmering seed and dice 4 plum tomatoes. Transfer the diced tomatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add the sautéed mushrooms and shallot mixture and fresh thyme leaves to the same bowl, mix to combine.

Using the same skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons each of butter olive oil. Let the butter melt moving the butter and oil around in the skillet to coat the entire bottom. Next, place the 4 seasoned chicken breast into the skillet. Cook the chicken breasts for 5 to 7 minutes per side until almost tender. Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate. Set aside.

Have a large pot of boiling salted water ready for the pasta. While that’s happening, thinly slice the chicken breasts on the bias. Transfer back to the plate.

In a deep-sided frying pan with a lid, start the sauce. On medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter (this may seem like a large amount of butter, but there is a lot of pasta and it needs to be coated really well with butter) along with 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning and 1 tablespoon sweet paprika. Add 1/2 a cup of unsalted chicken broth. Let this come to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, whisk to combine. Add the sliced chicken into the sauce. Over medium-low heat simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Drop the pasta and cook until just al dente.

Once the pasta reaches the al dente stage, using a pair of tongs, transfer the linguine to the deep-sided frying pan with 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. Turn the heat off and toss together until all the pasta is coated and the chicken is mixed through. The pasta will quickly absorb the sauce.

Serve my Homemade Cajun Chicken Pasta in a porcelain pasta bowl. Garnish with fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley and another sprinkling of the Parmesan cheese. If the dish is not being served immediately cover with a lid.

 

 

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