If you’re just joining us, or if you’ve been following all week, there’s no denying these pizzas make your tummy grumble a little bit. It’s almost 11 o’clock and I’ve eaten plenty today but they still make me want pizza. Just a little bit of that sauce and melty cheese…
“We can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!” -Jenna
Amber said the pizza was great and easy to make and that she was so excited to add 3 new recipes to her repertoire from the week! What a compliment!
I hope that if you cooked with me this week you had as much fun as I did, and I hope that if you didn’t, our lovely pics have enticed you enough to join us next time!
I’ll be posting the dates soon, but for now, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to improve this for next time! Or maybe you just have a meal you’d like to cook with us? Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Chicken Pot … what?
Yes, I said pancakes. And the first thing I have to tell you is to get the image of buttery, syrupy, sweet, pancakes out of your mind. It’s time to think of pancakes in a different way. Once you can do that, you are left with a doughy, bread-like base. Almost like a biscuit. And when you add some veggies and chicken and cover it with gravy (because what shouldn’t be covered in gravy?) it’s almost like pot pie. And now that I think of it, “pot pie” is in the exact same situation. You have to take out what you originally think of with pie, cherries, apples and cinnamon… It’s like I planned this or something.
What you will need: (just trust me, it’s gonna be good)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons dill
Salt and pepper
2 cups pancake mix
1 1/4 cups milk, (as needed, according to the pancake mix package directions)
1 egg (as needed, according to the pancake mix package directions)
1 cup store-bought rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup frozen peas, carrots, or mixed vegetables
3 green onions, diced
Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in chicken broth and season with salt, pepper, and dill. Keep on low heat and stir often.
Love me some dill.
Don’t slack on your whisking. If you do, you’ll end up with tiny clumps that will be impossible to get smooth. Also remember that if it’s not quite thick enough, you can always make a little rue (melt a little butter mixed with flour) and whisk it in to thicken the gravy.
Meanwhile, mix pancake mix according to package directions. Stir in chicken, frozen veggies, and green onions. Cook them just like regular pancakes in a skillet over medium heat and serve with gravy!
Nah, DH didn’t like em’ much either. ;)
I hope you have all had a wonderful week so far, and can enjoy creating and savoring your dinner. That’s what it’s all about, right?
A huge, heartfelt thank you to my dear friends and family, and fellow cooks who cooked Tortilla Soup with me last night…from their own kitchens across the continent. It really means a lot to me to have participants and for us to create together…without having “too many cooks in the kitchen!”
Beautiful soup and presentation a la Toni Markow, my wonderful MIL.
A very hearty bowl (and look at that backdrop!) from my dear friend, Amber.
And, last but not least, two adorable bowls from two adorable people, Jenna & Nick.
My absolute favorite part of seeing your beautiful meals is that I could tell who’s was who’s without seeing the names! Everyone made their dish their own, which is the key to cooking.
I hope to see you all back here on Wednesday night for… “Oh, what’s that? You don’t know what we’re making yet?” HMMMM…. ;)
So here it is! Tonight we will make Chicken Tortilla Soup (feel free to omit the chicken and it will be “almost” as tasty!) This soup is like most soup, fast, simple, something I think you will be happy to know won’t take much more out of you than this Monday already has, but will leave you feeling satisfied and maybe even a little spicy.
You will need:
3 corn tortillas, cut into strips OR a handful of tortilla chips broken up
2 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes(fire-roasted or regular)
1 Chipotle Chile in Adobo sauce, chopped fine (Start with 1/2, taste then add more if more spice is desired)
2/3 cup salsa
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup shredded chicken (from a store-bought rotisserie chicken)
salt and pepper
1 avocado, sliced
sour cream, for serving
cilantro, chopped for serving
Tonight, we’ll only use about 2 cups of the shredded chicken.
Is there anything better than a ripe, buttery avocado?
A little bit of cilantro goes a long way.
There are a few different directions you can go with this soup, which is part of what makes it so easy and lovable. For instance, if you want to use corn tortillas, simply cut them up into strips, toss them on a cookie sheet, spray them with cooking spray, and bake them at 375 for about 10 minutes while your soup is simmering. If you want to go the easy route (yeah, I’m lookin’ at you), just crunch up a few tortilla chips on top of your soup when you serve it.
Other than that, here’s what the rest of the soup looks like. (I’ll write it out because it looks a lot nicer than saying “JUST DUMP IT IN THE POT.” …Even though that’s all we’re really doing. ;)
*Combine chicken broth, tomatoes, chipotle chile, salsa, and corn in saucepan. Bring soup to a boil then turn to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir the chicken into the soup, season with salt and pepper. Serve with avocado slices, sour cream, tortilla strips, and cilantro. Makes 2 BIG bowls.
While you’re cooking tonight, feel free to take pics and shout it through the interwebs using the hashtag #cookingwithalli, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to see how your meals turn out and share them on my blog!