Friday, January 25, 2008

Foccaccia Bread

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white sugar
1 tbls yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 pinch black pepper
1 tlbs vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
2 tbls olive oil
grated mozzarella cheese
grated parmesan cheese

Stir together dry ingredients and seasonings. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
Knead bread in mixer until dough cleans sides of bowl.

Place in greased bowl turning to grease top and let rise about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450. Punch dough down and spread on stone or greased baking sheet. Pat in 1/2 inch thick rectangle, circle, whatever your fancy! Brush top with olive oil and sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

PS. This replaces garlic bread beatifully. It has a strong flavor that goes well with the italian dishes. Its fast and easy, so enjoy!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

2 pie shells
1-10 3/4 oz cream of mushroom soup
1/2 C. milk
2 C. cooked chopped chicken
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 small onion
Coarse ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare pie shells. Chop and sauté onion. Mix chicken, veggies, sautéed onion, garlic, soup and milk in large mixing bowl. Pour into pie shell; top with flattened pie shell. Pinch edges together and poke holes in top crust. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until crusts are done.

For veggies I used a can of peas, some diced carrots and potatoes. Total was about 4 or 5 cups. I think canned corn, broccoli or lima beans would work well also.

Chicken and Broccoli Bake

1 can condensed cream of potato soup
1 cup milk
½ tea season salt
2-3 cups cutup cooked chicken
1 bag (16 oz) frozen broccoli (or fresh), uncooked
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can French fried onions

Combine in 8x12 baking dish: soup, milk, salt chicken, ½ cheese, ½ onions. Bake covered for 20 minutes (350). Remove the cover. Sprinkle the other half of the cheese and onions on top. Bake 10 more minutes, uncovered. Serve with rice or noodles.

PS. Sorry, classic Mormon casserole... I loved it as a kid... my kids love it today! What can I say? I think I'll go play... in the hay on this beautiful day.... okay I'm done ;)