Saturday, November 24, 2012

Chef Chuck's Turkey Pot Pie


Torta Di Tacchino

A savory recipe for Thanksgiving Day leftovers, turkey pot pie with homemade flaky crust.
I cubed white and dark turkey, sauteed vegetables, and stirred in gravy, broth and even sour cream.  A perfect and comforting dish for after the holiday.

Turkey Pot Pie
 
3 cups turkey, cubed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1 large onion, diced
3 small potatoes, diced
1/4 cup corn, cooked
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup gravy
3/4 cup chicken broth, warm
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper

Crust

3 cups flour 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks cold butter, cubed
8-10 tablespoons ice water
1 egg white

In a large frying pan heat olive oil and butter add carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, salt and pepper  saute for about 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and corn and cook for another minute or two.  Add in turkey, and broth heat till boiling then stir in sour cream and gravy.  Add 1 tablespoon of flour to thicken the gravy, season with rosemary, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low for a few minutes.
Using a food processor combine flour, salt and baking powder combine add cubed butter
a little at a time.  Then add ice water till a ball forms.  Kneed on floured board and wrap
with plastic wrap. Butter your baking dish, cut off a small section of dough and roll out to fit bottom of dish.  I filled 6 individual dishes then put on a top.  Cut slits to allow steam to come out,  brush with egg whites.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, crust should be golden.
Ricette by Chef Chuck's Cucina

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spicy Shrimp Soup


Gamberi Zuppa Piccante

A shrimp soup with a touch of heat from the red hot pepper flakes added.  I started with browning some bacon, adding lots of vegetables, beans and a hearty broth. This soup is quick and simple and very satisfying. Depending on how spicy you want the soup you can always add more pepper flakes at the table!

Spicy Shrimp Soup

1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and divined
3 strips bacon, cut in small pieces
3 carrots, cut small
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 can cannellini beans
4 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon red hot pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

In a large pot heat olive oil and brown bacon then add carrots, celery, garlic and scallions.  Salt and pepper the vegetables and simmer for a few minutes stirring occasionally.  Add tomato paste and brown for a few more minutes.  Pour in hot broth, vinegar, and beans cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add in shrimp and cook with lid on an additional 10 minutes.  Serve with chopped scallions, pepper flakes and a drizzle of olive oil.
Ricette by Chef Chuck's Cucina

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chef Chuck's Stuffed Peppers

Peperoni Ripieni

    A satisfying and comforting meal on a fall evening, stuffed peppers.  I purchased
these bell peppers locally at a farm stand, so they were just picked.  I made a mixture of seasoned beef, rice and tomato sauce then I lightly packed the peppers placed the tops on and baked them. 
   

Stuffed Peppers


3 or 4 bell peppers, medium
1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups white rice
1/1/2 cups tomato sauce,
1/4 cup parmigiano cheese, grated
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Wash and slice off tops of peppers, clean out and place peppers and tops in a
 pot large enough to fit your peppers, cover the peppers with water, add salt and bring to boil, for 10-15 minutes. Drain carefully and set aside. You want them to be slightly soft.
 In a large skillet on medium high heat add olive oil and saute onions for about 5 minutes, add beef and brown. Add garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and cheese. Mix in cooked rice and 1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce. Fill and mound peppers place tops on and in a shallow baking dish pour 1/2 cup sauce over peppers. Grate parmigiano on top, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Ricette by Chef Chuck's Cucina