21 February 2019

Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan

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The sheet pan dinner concept is such a timesaver and something I’ve embraced since I began my journey to what I call streamlined cooking, converting some of my favorite time-consuming recipes to simpler versions so that we can enjoy them more often.

Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan is my latest. There's a simple little sauce that requires no chopping and that can be made days ahead. Just throw the ingredients in the pan and let it pretty much take care of itself for about half an hour while you go about your business.

The fresh breadcrumbs you can so easily make yourself are much better than what you can buy and really take no time at all. They can be made ahead as well if you’re heating up your oven for something else anyway.


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You can even buy organic boneless skinless chicken breasts thin sliced, but since I have a great knife for butterflying, I just do it myself. The thin sliced probably costs more as well, and I do try to be frugal. Speaking of which …

Many recipes for things that are dipped and breaded or coated with crumbs call for way too much egg mixture and way too much flour or breadcrumbs. And they’re simply wasted. I get quite precise with my measures of these things so that there is little to no waste.

Same with the sauce. You will have just enough sauce for the recipe and a bit to garnish the top. It’s my goal in 2019 to reduce my food waste to as close to zero as I can get. If you have small amounts of vegetables that need to be used up, just throw them on the sheet pan, too! 


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Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan


(Makes 4 servings)


The Sauce

(Makes about 1 1/3 cups)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 14.5-ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon parsley
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


The Chicken

1 packed cup fresh breadcrumbs, from 3 ounces/85 grams sourdough or good white bread
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 packed cup (1 ounce/28 grams) shredded parmesan
2 12- to 14-ounce/340 to 397 grams (each) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, butterflied and split to make 4 pieces
1 large egg
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 packed cup (4 ounces/113 grams) shredded mozzarella

1 In 1-quart saucepan, stir together all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, loosely covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let stand at room temperature.

2 Use food processor to make perfect fresh breadcrumbs. Cut bread into 1-inch pieces. Process until it becomes breadcrumbs. Don't worry about overdoing it; it's pretty foolproof.

3 Preheat oven to 425F/220C/Gas7. Cover a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with foil. Put the breadcrumbs on the baking sheet, sprinkle on the olive oil, toss the crumbs to coat, spread them out in an even layer, and bake until crisp and golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Check at 5 minutes. If they’re not quite ready, give them a stir and bake another 2 minutes. Transfer to a 13x9-inch pan to cool. Mix the shredded parmesan with the cooled breadcrumbs.

4 In medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg, mayonnaise, and salt. Add the chicken to the bowl and coat the pieces thoroughly with the egg mixture. Then put them in the pan with the breadcrumbs and coat them thoroughly. Pat the crumbs in well, using every bit of them. No waste! 

5 Place the coated chicken pieces on the foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking sheet (there should still be plenty of oil on the foil from the baking of the breadcrumbs). Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and spread 1/4 cup of the sauce on each piece of chicken, and then 1/4 cup of the mozzarella on each. Return to the oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

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Jean

14 February 2019

Cherry Swirl Cheesecake - Instant Pot

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I decided a Cherry Swirl Cheesecake would be my first Instant Pot pressure cooker cheesecake. Four years ago I got on a kick developing slow cooker cheesecake recipes, such as my Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

A cheesecake takes 3 hours in the slow cooker. Not bad. But it takes just about 40 minutes in the Instant Pot, including coming up to pressure and pressure release.

Not a big deal for those of us who work at home; but for someone who wants to fit in making a homemade cheesecake before or after work, that speed makes all the difference. 

Cherry cheesecake was the first cheesecake I tasted when I was a young girl. I liked the flavor, but it was sickeningly sweet and full of red dye. But this is organic and natural all the way. 

I had some cherry puree left over because I forgot to put half the filling in the pan, spoon on half the puree, add the remaining filling and spoon on the remaining puree. So I just used what should have gone into the middle as sauce.  


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Cheesecake doesn't have to be a big production. It's just about foolproof in the Instant Pot or slow cooker. Just bring a few simple ingredients to room temperature, mix them up, assemble, pop it in and forget about it. 

The main thing is to make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature to ensure a perfectly smooth and silky cheesecake. I brought everything out of the refrigerator an hour ahead.


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The 7-inch diameter makes for the perfect size servings of something so rich as cheesecake. The more typical 9- to 10-inch size pans make either huge servings or very skinny, long wedges that aren't very attractive. 

If you don’t already have a 7-inch springform pan, you might try Fat Daddio’s 7-inch removeable bottom pan instead. And I just might get one anyway because I love my Fat Daddio’s cake pans.

Are you a cheesecake fan? Mr Delightful loves cheesecake, so I figure even if I never make anything but cheesecakes in the Instant Pot it will be worth it!


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Cherry Swirl Cheesecake


(Makes one 7-inch/18 cm cheesecake, 8 servings)

The Crust

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature (for pan)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (6 whole crackers, 3.25 ounces/92 grams)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces/43 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

The Swirl

3/4 cup or so (5 ounces/142 grams) frozen whole pitted sweet cherries, thawed and drained
2 teaspoons non-GMO cornstarch

The Filling

2 8-ounce packages (454 grams total) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces/99 grams) sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup (4 ounces/113 grams) sour cream, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 Butter bottom and sides of a 7-inch springform pan with the softened butter. Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit the buttered bottom of the pan, then butter the top of the paper as well. Combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter until the mixture comes together. If you used a food processor to make the crumbs, you can mix the crust in it as well. If you used the rolling pin/plastic bag method to make the crumbs, you can mix the crust with a fork in a small bowl. Press the crumb mixture over the bottom and one inch up the sides of the springform pan. Place in freezer while proceeding with the recipe.

Note: I use the Progressive International 3-Inch-Deep 7-Inch Nonstick Springform Pan, which I didn't find on Amazon except in this Set of 3 Springform Pans.

2 Using a 20-inch length of aluminum foil, make a “sling” by folding it in thirds lengthwise. This will help you get the hot pan out of the pot. Save it to reuse.

3 In food processor or blender, puree cherries; measure 1/2 cup. Stir in the cornstarch; let stand.

4 With electric mixer on medium speed, mix cream cheese and sugar until perfectly smooth, about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl and beaters/paddle. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well on low for 20 seconds after each addition. On low speed, mix in sour cream and vanilla extract just until well combined, about 20 seconds. 

5 Pour half the cheesecake filling into prepared pan. Drop teaspoonfuls of the cherry puree on top of the filling in the pan, using not more than half the puree. Pour the remaining filling in the pan, and drop teaspoonfuls of remaining puree on top. Using a thin, pointed knife, gently cut through the batter several times in a figure-8 motion to make swirls, being careful to not disturb the crust. 

6 Place rack (with its handles down) in bottom of the Instant Pot cooking pot, and add 1 cup of water to the pot. Carefully set the cheesecake, centered on its foil sling, on the rack. 

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7 Put the lid in place and turn the steam valve to Sealing. Attach the condensation cup to the back of the unit. Plug in the Instant Pot. Press the Pressure Cook key. Leave the indicator on High Pressure and change the cooking time to 25 minutes.

Note: It took just a few minutes to reach working pressure. This varies with the amount and temperature of the ingredients in the pot. 

8 When the beep sounds, turn it off by pressing Cancel. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release by turning the steam valve to Venting.

9 When the float valve drops down, carefully remove the lid. With a paper towel, gently blot any moisture that collected on top of the cheesecake. Using the foil sling, carefully lift out the cheesecake. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 150F/66C.

10 Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake. Release the spring and remove the sides of the pan. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours before serving.

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Jean

07 February 2019

Tahini Chicken Tea Sandwiches - New West KnifeWorks Review and Giveaway

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This batch of Tahini Chicken Tea Sandwiches was made for a little casual afternoon tea, but it will be on the menu at my next proper afternoon tea party, along with Cucumber Sandwiches and Sliced Egg and Dill Sandwiches

But before I go on (and on) about tea sandwiches, I want all of you who are not into that sort of thing to know that this knife we’re giving away is not just for tea sandwiches, so don’t click away! 

The New West KnifeWorks G-Fusion Petty Utility Knife is probably the most versatile knife in my collection. For this recipe alone, I used it for butterflying chicken breasts; chopping onion, fennel and cooked chicken; and cutting sandwiches. 

And it does so much more. It’s big enough and the right shape to use as a small chef’s knife and small enough that some cooks even use it as a paring knife. The razor-thin blade makes it great for filleting, boning and trimming silverskin.

For nearly a year, i
t’s been my go-to knife for shallots, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, small fruits and vegetables, chopping or chiffonading herbs, supreming citrus, cutting and trimming raw meat and carving cooked meat. But back to the tea sandwiches …


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I have wasted so much tahini over the years. Love that stuff! And I use a lot of it in my Hummus and Baba Ghanoush (pardon those pictures, by the way, I was just starting out!), but then there’s always some left over. 

What else can I do with it? Mr Delightful is not a fan of dips, so I wanted to use it in a way he would enjoy, too. He likes chicken salad sandwiches, so there you go.

He’s not fussy about his sandwiches being perfectly cut, but (and now I’m talking to my Tea People) tea sandwiches must look as good as they taste. They must be cut very cleanly; squished sandwiches and ragged edges are simply not the done thing. 

So tell me, what is your favorite tea sandwich? And be sure to go to the section below the recipe for details on this very generous giveaway. If you don’t happen to need a knife, you know someone who does; and this knife would make a great and generous gift.


Tahini Chicken Tea Sandwiches - New West KnifeWorks Review and Giveaway / www.delightfulrepast.com
Blade Length 5.5 inches, Overall Length 11 inches, Max Blade With 1.187 inches


Tahini Chicken Tea Sandwiches


(Makes 32)

2
tablespoons sesame seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound (16 ounces/454 grams) boneless skinless chicken breasts
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
3/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons minced onion

1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup minced fennel or celery
1/2 cup unsalted tahini
2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce/30 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
16 slices potato or buttermilk bread (or other soft, "wide" bread)
1 stick (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter, very soft



1 In dry skillet, toast the sesame seeds over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove to 1.5-quart bowl to cool.

2 In same skillet, still hot, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken breasts and cook, loosely covered, over medium-low heat about 15 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the pieces. Season each side of chicken with up to 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Remove to plate to cool.

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Note: I used the New West KnifeWorks Petty to butterfly the chicken breasts, so they needed just 10 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool.

3 Add onion to skillet and cook until very soft, about 5 minutes, deglazing the pan with the onion juices, scraping up any brown bits. Add the onion and oil to bowl with sesame seeds.

4 Chop the cooled chicken and add it to the bowl. Stir in the carrots, fennel or celery, tahini and lemon juice. Add the curry powder and remaining salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cover and chill for at least an hour before assembling sandwiches.

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5 Spread each slice of bread thinly with softened butter. Divide the chicken salad (about 1/4 cup each) among the 8 bottom bread slices. Top with remaining buttered bread slices. Trim off crusts and cut each sandwich into four fingers or rectangles, arranging on a plate in about three layers. 

6 Lay a good-quality un-dyed paper towel on top of the sandwiches. Wet and wring out well another paper towel; lay the damp paper towel on top of the dry paper towel. Never place the damp paper towel directly on top of the sandwiches or they will become soggy. Wrap rather snugly with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least an hour or up to several hours. This will make your sandwiches “hold together” and keep them from drying out. Remove from refrigerator and uncover sandwiches just before serving.

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New West KnifeWorks Petty Knife Giveaway



I chose the all black knife, but it comes in 7 other beautiful and unique New West color combinations you must check out. The knife comes with a beautiful leather blade protector.

This giveaway is open to readers in the US* who are 18 years of age or older. To enter, leave a comment below (one entry per person). Tell me the first thing you'd make with the knife and/or which color you'd choose. Please include your email address in the body of your comment. Must enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday February 13.



* If you are outside the US but would like to have this sent to someone you know in the US (you would have to send them a gift card separately on your own), go ahead and enter!




Winner will be chosen by random drawing and be announced here in the comments before noon Eastern time on Thursday February 14. If I don't hear back from the winner of the random drawing by noon Eastern time Sunday February 17, a new winner will be selected from the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline). 

Disclosure: New West KnifeWorks provided a knife for review purposes and one for the giveaway. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I always tell my readers what I really think!

Jean
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