Cold winter days just need hearty soups and stews, both to warm the body and comfort the soul!
One day last week I decided to make an old favorite stew recipe of mine – Amish Stew, and I went to my blog to pull up the directions, and I couldn’t believe it when I discovered I haven’t shared this gem of a recipe with you! Let’s fix that today!
I could give this dish a couple other names that would be more appropriate than Amish Stew. It could easily be called, Lazy Day Stew or Poor Man’s Stew. Both would be appropriate! Let me share the recipe and you’ll see why!
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6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups Frozen pearl onions
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced butternut squash – (I really loved the addition of the butternut squash in this! Did you know you can cut it up and freeze it to use later? I was glad I already had it prepped! )
1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions (1/2 pound)
1 Cup frozen Peas – You can vary what your family likes! The peas and corn were some of my additions to the original recipe
1 Cup frozen Corn
1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
For the pastry:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly add the stock, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and season to taste. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
- Cook the squash in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Lift out with a sieve. Add the mixed vegetables, onions, and parsley to the sauce and mix well.
- For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water; process only enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.
I might not be a lover of a vegetarian lifestyle, but I’m definitely a fan of this Vegetable Pot Pie! Are you a carnivorous? Even if you are, you need to try this great recipe!
If you thought Chicken Salad only came in the cold variety stuffed onto a piece of bread, I have news for you – there’s a hot chicken salad that is totally a comfort food perfect for winter dinner!
In my hunger for some good ol’ American comfort food after our trip to the Middle East, I pulled out this old recipe last week. It’s one I often made for company because it’s a great do-ahead dish. Southerners love their chicken salad, and this is a hot version! Hot Chicken Salad is the best chicken salad with a cheesy addition. That cannot be a bad thing!
If you keep roasted chicken breasts in your freezer, you could whip this together in minutes! The potato chip topping is both crunchy and a little salty – a perfect addition to the creamy/cheesy chicken salad underneath! Without further ado, I give you the recipe:
Hot Chicken Salad
2 cups cooked chicken breast meat, cubed
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar Cheese
2/3 cup crushed potato chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, celery, almonds, salt, pepper, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and cheese. Place the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spread the crushed potato chips on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
Add a potato dish and a salad and the meal is complete! It’s a picnic to make, but you’ll be glad you don’t have to wait until picnic season to enjoy this recipe!
With love from my country kitchen,