This was tonight's dinner and both Ray and I liked it. It is a great use of leftover chicken (or turkey would work) and VERY easy, yet tastes like it cooked much longer! Definitely a winner! I just got this cookbook and was excited that the first recipe turned out. I've had some issues with RR as her recipes often contain such weird (and often overpriced items) and are usually just a little too involved anymore it seems. I actually "traded" this book (Title Wave in Anchorage....awesome used bookstore!) for Book of Burger by RR, which really disappointed me. I wanted cool BURGER recipes and that was mostly basic burgers with added sauces....I don't want to make various sauces. When I make a burger, I want to make a burger, have Ray grill it, and be done! That's the point of burger night in my house. :) No cooking. Therefore I don't want some complicated stovetop sauce, which is what 90% of the recipes were.
1/3 cup white wine (I used a Chardonnay....Freddie's let you buy individual little bottles of wine out of the 4 and 6 packs...so awesome! That means I don't have a ton of leftover wine now and it was only like $2 for a decent wine!)
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (I used bouillon)
salt and pepper
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (she used frozen peas and canned pimentos)
1/2 cup half and half (they used heavy cream...I had half and half and it worked great)
3 tsp dried tarragon (they used fresh, 3 tbsp., I used dried)
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 lbs cooked chicken, diced
white bread for tasting with butter (we used leftover hoagie rolls)
In a s saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in wine and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the stock and cook until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in frozen vegetables and half and half and return to the bubble. Mix in a tarragon, Dijon mustards and chicken.
Toast the bread and butter liberally. Ladle chicken over it and serve.
I got a new, bigger, mixer. So my old white one is going into "retirement" at my mother's. I'll miss you, old friend! But the new one is so BIG...the goal is that it will do a double batch of cookies....I have been doing single batches because the little one couldn't handle a double batch.
...and I cooked bacon when everyone got there, because while everything is better with bacon!
So you might ask...why is Andrew sifting flour? Who still sifts flour? Well, I bought Safeway flour...and it has little flour pebbles in it that WOULD NOT blend...so I had to sift it. And I will NEVER be buying Safeway flour again....
So I was thinking that the boys' should have a little tree for their playroom...and then Andrew brings this home from school! Perfect! We decorated it up for them. I'll keep it for next year as well. :)