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Simple Pleasures Sunday

Comfort Food at its Best – Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans

One of the BEST.  DINNERS.  EVER.

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

Do you have a sister?  I do.  In fact I have many.  Some are not directly related to me, one is a cousin and one is technically a half-sister.  But the one thing that they all have in common is they are wonderful, smart, strong, loving, caring women.  Another thing they share is that I love them dearly.

Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you love someone until something happens that shows you their character and depth.  My half-sister, Geri, is 18 years older than me.  (can you imaging what a surprise THAT was to my 38 year old mom!?!)  so we didn’t know each other very well growing up.  She is a scary-smart, no nonsense, roll up her sleeves and get things done kind of gal.  We stayed in touch, but she lives in a different state and we could go months without talking.  Then several years ago my half-brother passed on.  He was not exactly a neat person and I found myself standing in his (extraordinarily cluttered) home wondering just exactly how to deal with the sheer volume of his belongings.  Geri, who was getting ready to leave for her flight home, was watching me closely as I surveyed the scene and said simply, “Who’s going to help you with all this?”  “No one,” I replied somberly.  “Not true,” was all she said as she went to the phone to cancel her flight.

I love my sister.

Turns out we have a lot in common.  For example, one of our all time favorite meals is Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans.  It is warm, comforting and oh so easy to cook.  Sisters – I hope you’ll love it as much as Geri and me!

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

Fixing this Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans meal couldn’t be easier.   This is all you need.  In this dish I strongly prefer canned French-style Green Beans for their unique taste.

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

 

Just chop the onions.

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

 

Chop the potatoes.

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

 

Chop the Polish Sausage and fry it until it’s slightly browned.

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

Add the potatoes, onions, beans and butter (the butter makes it).

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

And 20 minutes later – you have the most wonderful meal in the world.  Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and butter and Geri and I will join you for dinner.

Sausage Potatoes Green Beans

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Sausage Potatoes Green Beans
Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A quick, very easy WONDERFUL meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 - 2 packages Polish Kielbasa (Polish Sausage)
  • 1 large onion , white or yellow - cubed
  • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes - cubed
  • 2 cans French Style Green Beans - don’t drain
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Chop potatoes, peel and shop onions, cut sausage into finger width slices

  2. In a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook sausage until browned on both sides. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat.

  3. Add onion and some of the juice from the beans. Sauté until onion is softened, scrapping up browned bits on bottom and sides of pan.

  4. Add potatoes, green beans including juice, 2 tablespoons butter, and ¾ cup water.

  5. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Cook 15 - 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until potatoes are fork tender.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

 

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Wicked Good Loaded Halloween Bark

Wicked Good Loaded Halloween Bark

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Wicked Good Loaded Halloween Bark

So what’s your favorite Halloween memory?  Mine is getting to draw creepy halloween silhouette pictures in grade school.  I loved to draw spooky haunted houses with creepy trees, black cats on fences and of course a witch flying in front of the full moon.

Halloween Bark

Seeing these type pictures still brings a smile to my face.  So does this Wicked Good Halloween Bark.

Halloween Bark

Making Bark is ridiculously easy.  It’s ready in 15 minutes and is loaded with all kinds of fun flavors and textures. The salty crunch from the pretzels and peanut butter cups tempers the sweetness of the silky chocolate while the sprinkles and the candy corns add a great pop of Halloween color.

You’ll love making this Loaded Wicked Good Halloween Bark.   My 5 secrets guarantee your bark will be as DELICIOUS as it is EASY!

 

5 Secrets to Making Great Bark

Secret #1  Use the right chocolate.

For dark chocolate bark, you can’t beat Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers.  They have a wonderful chocolate-ly depth of flavor without the typical dark chocolate bitter taste.  You can get them on Amazon.  For milk chocolate, most craft stores carry Wilton Light Candy Cocoa Melts.  I don’t recommend using chocolate chips because in general when they melt, they’re thicker, less pourable, and harder to handle than melted bars or melting wafers of chocolate.

If it’s white chocolate you’re craving, Wal-mart, Target or Amazon carry Ghirardelli Chocolate White Chocolate Melting Wafers. You can also easily order them on Amazon.   When working with white chocolate be EXTRA careful. White chocolate melts more quickly, and burns more quickly.  Don’t even think about exceeding the 30-second microwave bursts, stirring between each.  I do NOT recommend using white chocolate CHIPS as they tend to scorch way too easily.

Halloween Bark
Halloween Bark

Secret #2 Include a Salty Item

I always like to include a salty item in the toppings, in this case the pretzels, but nuts of all kinds work well or even potato chips if you want to do a “snack” bark.  This wicked bark is loaded with all kinds of other goodies such as mini peanut butter cups or mini Kit Kats, and loads of color from wonderful witchy gold stars. Seasonal items are also fun, like the creepy eyeball candy or the candy corn.

Halloween Bark

To prep I simply put each of the ingredients in a small bowl and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Sil-Pat silicone mat.

Grocery stores are starting to carry many fun sprinkle options, but one of my favorite sprinkle shops is Sweetapolita – with absolutely the best sprinkles ever.  They have a delightful selection of sprinkles and will often send you a free “Emergency” sprinkle kit for your purse, just in case.  How fun!

Beyond that, the sky’s the limit.  Our Wicked Good bark is loaded with pretzels, creepy eye ball candy, and mini peanut butter cups.  I usually chop the mini candy bars into bite-size pieces to include in the mix.  I especially like the mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups or the mini Kit Kat bars.  Seasonal items are also fun, like the creepy eyeball candy or the candy corn.  One note:  The mini eyeballs are actually gum balls.   Not being a gum fan I wouldn’t have used them had I realized that.  Somehow gum does not seem to be a good fit with chocolate.

 

Loaded Halloween Bark

Aren’t those sprinkles wonderful!!  They would make anything into a festive event.  (Of course I LOVE anything that sparkles!)

Halloween Bark

#3  Melt the chocolate.

The easiest way to do this is in the microwave.  Place your chocolate in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 1 minute on 50% power.  Very likely nothing will happen.  Stir the chocolate and put it back for additional 30 second increments at 50% power.  Most of the chocolate discs will not change shape and will have to be stirred after each heating to determine if they have melted enough.  Be careful and do not over-cook as it can scorch the chocolate.  Keep sneaking up on it in the 30 second increments.  It will probably take a total of 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.

Loaded Halloween Bark

Secret #4  Spread the chocolate 1/4 thick and gently press in the toppings.

With a rubber spatula, scrape the chocolate from the bowl and into a puddle on the center of the parchment paper.  Using an off-set spatula (if you don’t have one, treat yourself.  You’ll love their versatility.)   Spread the chocolate in an even layer about 1/4 inch thick. Try not to let the edges get too thick or too thin.

Halloween Bark

Working fairly quickly before the chocolate sets, add your toppings, pressing down slightly to ensure they stick.

Halloween Bark

Secret #5  Refrigerate and Break

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.  The final secret is once you peel off the parchment paper, the easiest way to break it is to put it on a cutting board and press the tip of a sharp knife into it where you want it to break.  This is the least disruptive method and dislodges far less of the toppings than cutting it or breaking it into pieces by hand.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Store your bark in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until it’s needed. It will keep for 3 – 4 weeks no problem.

Halloween Bark

Here’s another version with the milk chocolate.

Halloween Bark
Halloween Bark

This Wicked Good Bark is a very flexible recipe based on what’s in your pantry. The recipe doubles or triples easily if you’re feeding a crowd.  Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Halloween Bark

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Halloween Bark
Wicked Good Halloween Bark
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 24 - 30 ounces dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/2 cup broken or chopped pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup candy corn
  • 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups rough chopped in half
  • 3 tablespoons sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper, set aside.

  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate wafers and heat in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds, until chocolate has melted and becomes smooth when stirring.

  3. Using an offset spatula spread chocolate on the parchment or wax paper into an even layer, 1/4 inch thick. You should have about an 8 x 12 rectangle of chocolate.

  4. Evenly sprinkle the toppings over the chocolate; set aside to cool on the counter if your house isn't too hot or refrigerate until set hard.  Once cooled, transfer the bark to a cutting board and break the bark into pieces by pressing on it with the point of a sharp knife.

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

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Jeff’s Vegetable Beef Soup

Jeff’s Vegetable Beef Soup

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Simple Pleasures Sunday

Comfort Food at its Best – Jeff’s Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Soup

When was the last time you snuggled into a big soft cozy chair, with a hot cup of cocoa, a warm, ultra-soft blanket wrapped around you and a fantastic book you’d been dying to read; the rain pattering softly on the windows, thunder rumbling in the distance and the space around your chair lit with the soft glow of the table lamp or a pumpkin spice candle.

Hygge

If it wasn’t recently, you need to – sometime soon.  That wonderful, warm cozy sensation such an activity inspires is called hygge (pronounced “hooga”)

The word hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being” and it encompasses many things, including the art of creating intimate gatherings, removing annoyance from your life, cultivating an attitude of gratitude for your current blessings, enjoying cozy togetherness and especially cocoa by candlelight.  This is hygge.

Hygge

Another key component of hygge is sharing fabulous comfort food with family and friends.  While I don’t remotely agree with Danish politics, at a Danish hyggelige dinner there are no divisive discussions about politics, family issues, or someone’s dysfunctional kids. No one makes snide comments, complains, or is overtly negative.  Everyone pitches in and lends a hand, so that not one person gets stuck doing the dishes.  There’s no bragging, or attacks, or competition.  It is filled with well-meaning communication with a focus on appreciating the here and now, the good food, and the folks.  We all need a little more hygge in our life.

Our regular dinners with our dear friends are hyggelige to the max.  These are the faces of hygge.

Vegetable Soup

So for our Simple Pleasures Sunday this week, and to send you some hygge of your own with love, here’s another one of my favorite comfort food recipes – Jeff’s Vegetable Beef Soup.  This soup is like wrapping yourself in a soft warm snuggly blanket.  It’s really, really, really good.  It’s also really, really easy.  Just chop some stew meat or chuck roast and add it to a stock pot to sear over medium heat.  While the meat is browning, chop some potatoes like so.

Vegetable Soup

Next chop some celery, carrots and onions.  Jeff loves using a bench scraper to transport food in the kitchen.

Vegetable Soup

Add 4 quarts of water to the stock pot and scrape the bottom of the pot to dislodge any browned bits.  Then add 15 cubes of beef bullion and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and all the vegetables except the cabbage.

Vegetable Soup

Let everything cook for 30 minutes at a low simmer.  Jeff generally uses green cabbage, but he thought the red cabbage would add some festive Halloween color.  (Besides which, that was what we had in the vegetable crisper…)  Waste not, want not.  Doesn’t this look wonderful?

Vegetable Soup

You may be tempted to rush it, but the soup needs the full 45 minutes of cooking time to tenderize the meat and allow all the wonderful flavors to mingle and marry.  It’s worth it when you’re rewarded with this.

Vegetable Beef Soup

This Vegetable Beef Soup is so tasty and filled with love. Look at all that beautiful fall color and the meat is fork tender.  Not to mention, t’s just brimming with hygge.

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Vegetable Soup
Jeff’s Vegetable Beef Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

A warm, savory comforting bowl of love.  An AlohaDreams.com recipe brought to you with hygge.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 bowls
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds stew meat
  • 8 Yukon Gold potatoes , medium size - peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large white or yellow onion chopped
  • 12 - 16 ounces baby carrots , sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 6 stalks celery , chopped - 1/2 inch thick
  • 15 beef bullion cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 4 quarts water
  • ½ head green cabbage , or red - sliced ¾ thick
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot over medium high heat, sear stew meat until browned on all sides.
  2. Add water to pot and scrape bottom to remove the browned bits.
  3. Add beef bouillon cubes, Worcestershire sauce and all vegetables except cabbage.

  4. Cook, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Break cabbage slices apart and add to soup. Cook, uncovered and additional 15 minutes. Serve.

 

Here’s some other fantastic recipes to put you in a hygge frame of mind.

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I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

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Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

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Cheesy Chicken Melts

Cheesy Chicken Melts

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Cheesy Chicken Melts

Cheesy Chicken Melts

Welcome to the first of a series of recipes which take advantage of our Poached Shredded Chicken Master recipe.  It’s designed to create maximum results with minimal efforts.

This one’s for all the hard working moms (and dads) who spend 8 hours working (at the office or at home) only to drag themselves into the kitchen at the end of a long, tough day to pull together a delicious meal for their family because they know family dinner is key to family unity and strength.  This one’s designed to make your life easier and your table livelier.

Emily and Serena – this one’s for you !

Cheesy Chicken Melts

Even better – use my Make Ahead Shredded Chicken and you’ll have dinner on the table within 30 minutes.  They freeze great too!

Here’s how:  Just split the buns in half and place them in a baking dish like this.

Cheesy Chicken Melts

Then combine 3 cups chicken, 3/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ¼ cup chopped picked jalapeno pepper slices and crumbled bacon.

Cheesy Chicken Melts

Divide the chicken mixture between the buns, then top with the cheese.

Cheesy Chicken Melts

In a small bowl, combine 8 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.  Spoon half the butter mixture over the cheese and place roll tops on the rolls.

Cheesy Chicken Melts

Pour remaining butter mixture over roll tops and bake, covered with foil, at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 – 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted and top of rolls are light brown.  Serve.

Your family is going to love these darling little sandwiches. They’re fun and they taste fantastic!

Cheesy Chicken Melts

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Cheesy Chicken Melts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Grab some shredded chicken and whip up these deliciously easy and cheesy chicken melts in minutes. A Worcestershire and butter bath add even more extra flavor to these tasty sandwiches.   

An AlohaDreams.com recipe 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 mini sandwiches
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
Filling
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 strips bacon
  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeño pepper slices (don't worry, these aren't hot)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Rolls & Melted Topping
  • 12 (3 inch) savory sandwich rolls (I use King’s Hawaiian Savory Butter Dinner Rolls)
  • 8 tablespoons melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom of ta microwave safe plate with 2 paper towels. Add the bacon in a single layer. Cover the bacon with 2 paper towels. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. When done check the bacon and microwave in additional 30 second bursts until the bacon is done to your liking. Crumble and set aside.

  3. Cut the sheet of 12 rolls in half horizontally and place bottoms into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Set roll tops aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 3 cups cooked shredded chicken, 3/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ¼ cup chopped picked jalapeno pepper slices and crumbled bacon.

  5. Divide chicken mixture between 12 roll bottoms.
  6. Top with 1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese. Set aside.

  7. In a small bowl, combine 8 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  8. Spoon half the butter mixture over the cheese.
  9. Place roll tops on rolls.
  10. Pour remaining butter mixture over roll tops.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point, wrap top tightly with foil and frozen for up to 2 months. Or placed individually in a freezer bag, sealed tightly. When ready to serve, thaw over night in refrigerator.
  1. Bake, covered with foil, at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 - 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted and top of rolls are light brown.

  2. Serve with pickled jalapeño slices if desired.

Recipe Notes

Reheat any leftovers in the microwave for 30 - 60 seconds.

 

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Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
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EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Shredded Poached Chicken

Shredded Poached Chicken

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Super Easy, Quick & Tasty

Make Ahead Meals – Shredded Chicken Master Recipe

Shredded Poached Chicken

Hi guys!

Who wants a super-tasty, quick, easy weekday recipe? Me too!   In talking with many of you, a common theme is: we need easy recipes that come together quickly and taste wonderful after a hard day’s activities.

Done and done.

Meet one of your best solutions – Poached Chicken.  This makes 14 cups of incredibly delicious poached chicken.  All ready for you to shred as the foundation for 7 meals!

Shredded Poached Chicken

I know, that sounds like kissing your sister – but you’re going to love my poached chicken. Sure you can buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it. But my recipe tastes so much better, it’s less expensive AND you can make up a BIG batch and freeze to use in all the wonderful quick and easy chicken dishes I’m going to be sharing with you in the weeks ahead.  Like these Cheesy Chicken Melts. They’re savory gooey cheesy chicken goodness in mini sandwiches.

Shredded Poached Chicken

If you’re not careful, instead of being a great foundation for your next masterpiece, poached chicken can be tough and flavorless. Well NOT in our kitchens. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves.

Pull up a seat and let me tell you our secrets:

  1. We’re going to cook it at a slow simmer (you barely want to see bubbles) and then remove it from heat to finish cooking.   So long tough bird.
Shredded Poached Chicken

2.  We’re gong to use (wonderful smelling) seasonings and mix some of that cooking liquid back in when we shred it. Good-bye dry,    tasteless chicken.

Shredded Poached Chicken

3.   We can shred it using a stand mixer or a pair of forks.  Can you say easy?

Shredded Poached Chicken

4.   Finally, we’re going to make enough for 7 meals at once and then freeze it in meal-size portions so we can quickly whip up something like my Cheesy Chicken Melts.   Hello delicious!

Shredded Poached Chicken

Are you in? OK then – let’s get started.

Shredded Poached Chicken

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5 from 2 votes
Shredded Poached Chicken
Shredded Chicken Master Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This workhorse is the foundation for many super-tasty, quick, easy weekday recipes.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 14 cups (7 meals)
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 6 pounds chicken breasts or thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion - sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic peel and lightly crushed
  • 1 (32 ounce) box chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Special equipment
  • 8 (1 quart) freezer bags
Instructions
MAKE IT.
  1. Add all ingredients to a large stockpot on the stovetop and bring to a very gentle simmer.
  2. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Let chicken sit in pot off heat for 7 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a large bowl.
  6. While chicken is cooling, strain cooking broth, discard solids and set broth aside (you should have about 4 ½ cups of broth).
  7. When chicken is cool enough to handle, using two forks, shred meat. (Or, if you own a stand mixer, my favorite way is to use the dough hook, adding the hot chicken in 3 batches to the mixer, turn on to low and run until chicken is shredded.)

FREEZE IT.
  1. Note date and contents on 8 quart-sized re-sealable freezer bags.
  2. Divide the chicken into 2-cup portions (12 ounces) and transfer to 7 of the freezer bags. You want to fill your bag about ¾ of the way full. Pour 1/4 cup chicken cooking liquid into each, squeeze out the air and flatten.

  3. Pour remaining juice in remaining freezer bag to use for chicken stock.
  4. Seal and store quart bags flat in a 2-gallon freezer bag.

  5. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
USE IT.
  1. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  In a hurry? Use the defrost setting on the microwave.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Can also use bone in, skin on chicken. This will reduce the yield of cooked chicken to about 12 cups. If you use skin-on chicken, simply remove and discard the skin before you shred the chicken. You may also find that you need to skim some of the fat from the cooking broth before spooning it over the chicken.

 

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Creamy Hash Brown Potato Casserole

Creamy Hash Brown Potato Casserole

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Introducing Simple Pleasures Sunday

Comfort Food at its Best

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

June Warren’s Creamy Potato Casserole

Ever just get in the mood for swoon-worthy comfort food?  Yeah, me too.  It’s not especially healthy and I wouldn’t eat it every day – but when I want it, I WANT it.  Like now.  We just finished hosting our second Luau and I think everybody had a great time.  Check out the pics from the latest Luau here.  But in the meantime, as I’m recovering (no clean-up necessary because we have THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WHOLE WORLD!) I want something warm and creamy and buttery.  You too?

Well alright then!  Welcome to Simple Pleasures Sunday.  Every so often on Sundays I’ll be posting some of my all time favorite comfort foods. They are nothing fancy, but they seem to lock onto every pleasure center in your brain.  I sure hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  And so to kick off Simple Pleasures Sunday, I’d like to introduce you to June Warren’s Potato Casserole.

You would have loved June Warren.  She was without-a-doubt the Hostess with the Most-est. She was one of those delightful women who looked like June Clever complete with pearls and all.  June lived in St. Petersburg Florida.  With the recent hurricane, she has been on my mind.  I’m sure June has long passed on by now.  I knew her in the early 90’s and she was probably in her 70’s at that point.  But maybe not.  I’d like to think of her as still in her kitchen making incredible food.

When June Warren had you over for dinner, she would start with an assortment of hor d’oeuvres.  And I don’t mean just any hor d’oeuvres, I’m talking about a wonderful artichoke spinach dip (don’t worry I’ll share it soon – and you’ll LOVE IT)….

Spinach Artichoke Dip

But June didn’t just serve it in a plain bread bowl.  June served it in an alligator bread bowl…

Alligator Bread Bowl

Just because she could.

June wanted her guests happy.  She was one of the most warm and welcoming ladies I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  She embodied one of my favorite quotes from “Blast from the Past” (a cute move, rated PG13):

“the short and simple definition of a lady or a gentleman is someone who always tries to make sure the people around him or her are as comfortable as possible.”

Yep – the only way to roll.

Turns out a large part of June’s definition of happy and comfortable included ‘well fed’.   And June didn’t stop with hor d’oeuvres.  She would set a fantastic five to seven course meal on the table for dinner (reminds me of mom) including wonderful briskets and fruit salads and soft, fluffy homemade rolls.  But the ALL TIME BEST THING June made was her Creamy Potato Casserole.  She served it the first time we were there for dinner.  I took a helping to be polite, OK – because I LOVE potatoes, and WOW.  It was nothing fancy, but it sure was delicious. So I asked for seconds.  And then, when all eight other people at the table were more than done eating, I took a third helping.  And then – I begged for the recipe.  And you know what?  It’s incredibly simple.  Just the combination of these basic items is all it takes.

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

You’re basically layering hash browns (gotta be Mr. Dells!), butter and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt …

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

Then you’re dotting the final layer with butter…

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

…pouring cream over the whole thing and baking it until the potatoes are tender and golden brown.

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

That’s it.  But, man is it good.  The potatoes soak up all the buttery, creamy goodness and the end result is much more than the sum of its parts.

Here it is for a dinner I just made for some business associates who were in town for several days (can’t have ’em eating restaurant food).  It’s a wonderful make ahead dish.  Assemble it the night before serving, refrigerate it and you’re ready to go.  It was perfect with a grilled KC Strip steak and some broiled Parmesan zucchini sticks.

Enjoy.

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4.75 from 4 votes
Creamy Hash Brown Casserole
June Warren's Creamy Potato Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

GREAT make ahead potato dish. Better than mashed!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: June Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 (30 ounce) bag Mr. Dell’s shredded potatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Lowry’s Season Salt
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
Instructions
  1. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish with 1 tablespoon butter

  2. Layer as follows:

         ¼ of the potatoes

         Dot with 1 tablespoon butter

         Sprinkle all over with ½ teaspoon Lowry’s Season Salt

         Sprinkle all over with ½ teaspoon salt

  3. Repete for 3 layers total
  4. Finish with remaining potatoes

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: If not ready to cook and serve, cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  1. When ready to serve, preheat oven to 325 degrees

  2. Pour cream over casserole
  3. Melt remaining tablespoon butter and evenly brush or pour all over top layer of potatoes.
  4. Bake in center of oven uncovered for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

  5. Move potatoes to top oven shelf and turn on broiler. Let potatoes sit under the broiler, watching them contently, until top is crisp and a golden brown.

  6. Remove and serve.

Recipe Notes

GREAT make ahead potato dish. Better than mashed! .

 

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I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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SAY YES!

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