28 November 2019

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala was the first Indian food I attempted 8 years ago. Actually, some say it's not really Indian food, but rather the national dish of Britain!

In that Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, I used serrano chile. But in this streamlined slow cooker version, I opted for the always-on-hand cayenne pepper for a little heat.

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My next foray into Indian cookery was Dal Makhani, a vegetarian lentil curry I really like. And next up will be some of the wonderful flatbreads because, like my father before me, I can hardly consider dinner complete without bread on the table.

The chopped cilantro is more than a garnish to this dish; the flavor complements the sauce perfectly and is a must! 

I served it with Turmeric Rice. Just added 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric for 1 cup of uncooked rice to my usual recipe for plain rice. A spicy main dish calls for plain rice. 


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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala


(Makes 6 servings)

2 pounds (32 ounces/0.9 kg) boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
2/3 cup (6 ounces/170 grams) whole or low-fat (2%) plain yogurt
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 small yellow onion, diced (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoons peeled and grated* fresh ginger 
1 teaspoon finely minced shallot
2 teaspoons garam masala
3/4 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 14.5-ounce (411 grams) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces/59 ml) heavy cream

1/4 packed cup chopped fresh cilantro

* I use the Microplane Classic Zester/Grater.

1 Place the chicken, yogurt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker or the 6-quart Instant Pot and stir to combine. (I used all organic ingredients except for a couple of the spices.)

2 In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the ginger, shallot, garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook about 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 

3 Add the cooked mixture to the slow cooker or Instant Pot and stir to combine with the chicken.

Note: With the Instant Pot, you can saute right in it, then switch it to Slow Cooker mode.

4 Put on the optional Instant Pot glass lid, or use the pressure cooking lid with the steam release handle turned to Venting. Select the Slow Cook program. Within 10 seconds, press Slow Cook to set temperature to Normal. Within 10 seconds, press “+ or –“ to set time to 6 hours.

Note: If using a slow cooker, cover and cook on Low for 6 hours. 

5 Stir in the cream. Leave the slow cooker uncovered and cook on the High setting for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or naan or both. 

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Jean

21 November 2019

Chunky Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

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I know people go mad for the Southern Sweet Potato Casserole, but oh my goodness! Even when people say, "I've cut way back on the sugar," it has way more sugar than I ever put in desserts. "Bless their hearts!" 

Sometimes I make my Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Puree, but when I'm in the mood for more texture, I make this, which I've decided to call Chunky Southern Sweet Potato Casserole. Either one is more "side dishy" than most out there and allows you to enjoy your dessert more fully.

Don't give in to the temptation to add more cinnamon. It isn't meant to be noticed. The 1/4 teaspoon is just enough to add to the illusion of sweetness. You know, in case any of your guests are used to a high-sugar sweet potato casserole.

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Chunky Southern Sweet Potato Casserole


(Makes 12 servings)

The Sweet Potatoes 

3 pounds (48 ounces/1.36 kg) red-skinned orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise, sliced 1/3-inch thick
5 tablespoons (2.5 ounces/71 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces/59 ml) real maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

The Topping 

1/4 packed cup (1.75 ounces/50 grams) dark brown sugar
1/3 dip-and-sweep cup (1.67 ounces/47 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons (2.5 ounces/71 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (4 ounces/113 grams) chopped pecans

1/2 cup (2 ounces/57 grams) rolled oats OR dried Biscuit crumbs
1/8 teaspoon salt

1 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Lightly butter or spray with cooking spray a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Put the sliced raw sweet potatoes in it.

2 In 1-quart saucepan or in 1- or 2-cup glass measure, melt butter and whisk in maple syrup, salt and cinnamon. Pour over sweet potatoes and toss until they are well coated. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

3 In small mixing bowl, mix topping ingredients with a fork until it's clumping together into large crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the sweet potato mixture. Bake uncovered right away for about 30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate until 45 minutes or so before serving time. 

4 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, or until heated through. 

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Jean

14 November 2019

Turkey and Dressing for Two - Classic Bread Stuffing

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We enjoy a turkey dinner a few times throughout the year, and since it's just the two of us most of the time, this is an easy way to do it. Just enough turkey for two and just enough dressing for two--if one of the two is crazy about dressing (that would be me!). 

My father would have appreciated this post. He was not a turkey fan, did not appreciate leftovers, and refused to eat turkey more than once a year. 

Do you call it stuffing or dressing? My family called it dressing, whether it was baked inside the turkey or in a dish. Like my mother before me, I've tried all kinds of variations/add-ins--sausage, dried fruits, nuts--someone even snuck an egg into it once; but my favorite is the classic bread stuffing.

Unfortunately, I'd used up my stash of Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy and Broth (in anticipation of having to switch everything to a new refrigerator last week), but we made do. But do make that first if you're going to be doing the full-on, big deal turkey dinner. 


To serve four people, use a 13x9x2-inch baking dish and two packages of cutlets; no need to double the dressing recipe. I might post just one more turkey dinner related recipe next week. What is your favorite item on the menu?

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May not look pretty or colorful in the baking dish, but when you plate
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Turkey and Dressing for Two 


The Dressing

3/4 pound (12 ounces/340 grams) good white and/or French bread, sliced and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 stick (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, divided
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 3/4 cup (14 fluid ounces/414 ml) homemade turkey broth or low sodium chicken broth

The Turkey

1 14.4-ounce (408 grams) turkey breast cutlets (5 cutlets, boneless and skinless)

Note: Of course, you can skip the bread, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning AND Step 1 if you pick up a box of seasoned stuffing mix. There are even some organic brands now. It all depends on whether you can find one seasoned the way you like, and that might prove very difficult. 

1 Lay the cubed bread out on a sheet pan and place it in the cold oven for 48 hours, stirring twice a day, to dry it out. My mother always dried the bread out in a warm oven because she couldn't have her oven tied up for two days! Just preheat the oven to 325F/165C/Gas3, and pop the sheet pan in for 50 minutes or so, stirring halfway through; cool completely.

2 In a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter and cook the chopped celery and onion, with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper, until very soft, about 15 minutes. About 5 minutes in, preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the poultry seasoning. Add the bread cubes, lightly crushing some or all of the cubes, depending on what texture you prefer. Stir until bread and vegetable mixture are thoroughly combined, then gradually stir in broth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add a bit more broth if you like a moister dressing. 

3 Transfer the dressing to a greased 8x8x2-inch baking dish, pressing it down lightly.* Season the cutlets on both sides with salt and pepper. Lay them on top of the dressing; they will be overlapping a bit. Cover the baking dish tightly with a square of aluminum foil. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes. Both the cutlets and the dressing should register 165F/74C on an instant-read thermometer.

* You can do this a day ahead, then add the turkey cutlets just before baking.

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Jean

07 November 2019

Pumpkin Slab Pie - Perfect for a Party Dessert Bar

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Pumpkin pie is an autumn favorite, and for everyday purposes a regular 9-inch pie is great. But when you're serving lots of people, especially if there will be multiple desserts on offer, it's time for pumpkin slab pie.

Even if you're not doing a "dessert bar," chances are if it's a special occasion or you're having lots of people over, there will be two or three different kinds of pie and most people won't choose just one. You know the drill: "I'll take just a sliver of each." And those slivers are impossible to cut, so it turns into a big old mess.

Easy solution: slab pie. Made in a 13x9x1-inch quarter sheet pan, it can be cut neatly into squares or triangles as small as you like.

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The problem with most pumpkin pie recipes is that they attempt to address the issue of high temperature needed for the crust and low needed for the custard by starting high and turning it down, and the compromise doesn’t always succeed. The filling is overcooked and, well, soggy bottoms! For a pumpkin or any custard pie, I fully pre-bake the crust to avoid the soggy bottom problem.

When I'm being fancy, I cut off the edges of the pie and save those for snacks, cutting uniform "center cuts" to put on a pretty platter or tiered stand. For less formal occasions, serve directly from the pan, edges and all.


What are your favorite items for a dessert bar?

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Pumpkin Slab Pie 


(Makes one 13x9x1-inch pie, 12 to 16 servings)

The Pastry

1 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (7.5 ounces/213 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon non-GMO baking powder
1 1/4 sticks (5 ounces/142 grams) unsalted butter, well chilled

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons ice water
Additional ice water, a teaspoon at a time, if needed


The Filling


2/3 cup (4.67 ounces/132 grams) sugar* 
1 tablespoon non-GMO cornstarch 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 large eggs 
1 15-ounce (425 grams) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) or 1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces/118 ml) heavy cream
1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces/118 ml) milk 

* I use just 1/4 cup when making it for just us.

1 In medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. With coarse grater, grate about 3/4 stick of butter into flour bowl. Cut the remaining butter into 1/2-inch cubes. With fingers, quickly work the grated butter into the flour until it looks like coarse crumbs. Add the cubed butter and work it into the crumbs, leaving some pieces the size of small peas. 

2 In small bowl, combine vinegar and ice water. Sprinkle over flour mixture while stirring with large fork. Add a little more water, a teaspoon at a time, if needed. 

3 Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and flatten slightly into a 5-inch round disk with smooth edges; double wrap; refrigerate for one hour or up to four days. May be frozen for up to a month; defrost, wrapped, in the refrigerator.

4 If dough is thoroughly chilled, let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling. Line a 13x9x1-inch quarter sheet pan with a piece of baking parchment. On lightly floured surface, roll out disk to a 16x12-inch rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Place pastry in pan, being careful to not stretch the dough. Leave a 1/2-inch overhang of dough. Crimp the edge. (Sometimes you need to chill the pastry a bit before crimping.) Flute the edge higher than usual to contain the filling. Cover loosely and place in freezer for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F/205C/Gas6. 

5 Fit the sheet of aluminum foil in the shell and fill with ceramic pie weights (baking beans). Bake the thoroughly chilled crust for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes.

Note: I use two boxes of the ceramic pie weights (which fit nicely into a 200-gram tea tin for storage) for a 9-inch pie or this quarter-sheet slab pie.

6 Remove fully pre-baked pie shell from the oven; let cool completely before filling, at least 30 minutes or hours ahead, whatever suits your schedule.

7 Once pie shell is cool, preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. In medium bowl (using a 2-quart glass measure makes it easy to pour the filling into the crust), whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt and spices. Whisk in the eggs, then the pumpkin and then the milk and cream. 

8 Pour the filling into the cooled pie shell. Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted midway between edge and center comes out clean or until it registers 185F/85C on an instant-read thermometer.

Note: After you've made pumpkin pie a few times, you can tell just by looking whether or not it's done. It will look darker and shinier and may have puffed up a bit and then fallen, and it should be fairly firm but still have a little jiggle left in the center.

9 Cool completely on wire rack for 2 hours, then lay a square of wax paper over the top and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Serve with softly whipped cream. I sweetened and flavored 1 cup of heavy whipping cream with 4 teaspoons of real maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.


Note: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.

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Jean
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