Monthly Archives: June 2007

One Pot Chicken over Cheesy Rice

one pot chicken with cheesy rice

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One Pot Chicken Dish over Cheesy Rice
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2006

6 bacon slices, roughly chopped
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
8 ounces button mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup chicken stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup minced green onions
Cheesy Rice Pilaf, recipe follows
2 tablespoons minced parsley leaves, for garnish

In an electric skillet or a large heavy skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes.

Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Season the chicken with the Essence, and add to the fat in the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. To the pan add the onions, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and thyme, and cook until the mushrooms give off their liquid, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, stirring to deglaze the pan. Add the reserved chicken, lower the heat, and simmer until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the bacon and green onions, and stir well.

Remove from the heat and serve over the Cheesy Rice Pilaf, and garnish with the parsley.

Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from “New New Orleans Cooking”, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William Morrow, 1993.

Cheesy Rice Pilaf:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow bell peppers
1 cup long-grain rice
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 pound fontina or mozzarella, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a heavy, medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and bell peppers, and cook, stirring until soft, about 4 minutes. Add rice, salt, and bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the stock and stir. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add the peas, cover and continue simmering until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and fluff the rice with a fork. Add the cheese and parlsey, and stir. Serve immediately.

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Orzo Risotto with Buttery Shrimp

orzo risotto with buttery shrimp
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Orzo Risotto with Buttery Shrimp

SERVES: 4
When Ryan Poli and his kitchen staff tried finishing orzo risotto-style (stirring the cooked orzo with stock until creamy) they got fantastic results with impressive speed.

16 thin asparagus (6 ounces)
1 3/4 cups orzo (12 ounces)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus; cook over high heat until tender. With a slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to a plate. Add the orzo to the boiling water; cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the asparagus into 1-inch lengths. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook until the butter begins to brown. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat until pink and curled, about 1 minute per side. With a slotted spoon, add the shrimp to the asparagus. Reserve the skillet.

Drain the orzo, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then return to the saucepan and stir in the brown butter. Set the skillet over high heat and add the stock, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Pour the stock and the reserved cooking water into the orzo; cook over moderate heat, stirring, until creamy, 2 minutes. Stir in the asparagus and shrimp and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley and the 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the risotto to bowls and serve with more Parmesan.

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