Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hawaiian Haystacks sans Cream of Chicken Soup

I found this on Mel's Kitchen cafe and it is so yummy!

Chicken Sauce for Hawaiian Haystacks

*Makes about 4 cups chicken sauce (enough to serve 4-6 for Hawaiian Haystacks)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks (or leftover cooked chicken, cubed)
3 tablespoons butter
½ onion (about ½ cup), finely chopped
3 cloves garlic; finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
In a large skillet melt the butter over medium heat and add the onion and raw chicken (if using leftover cooked chicken, don’t add it to the skillet now, you’ll add it later). Saute the onion and chicken, if using, until the onions are soft and translucent and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about one minute, stirring, until fragrant.
Sprinkle the flour over the onions and chicken and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for one minute – this helps get rid of the starchy, flour taste. Slowly whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, and bring the sauce to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat. Add the salt and pepper. If you are using leftover cooked chicken, add it now. Continue simmering, stirring the sauce frequently, until the sauce has thickened, about 5-8 minutes.
Serve the chicken sauce over rice with your toppings of choice, such as olives, tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, green onions, mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles.
Recipe Source: My Kitchen Cafe

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mustard Pesto Sandwich Spread

I was inspired by the sandwich I had at Zupa's on our girls day trip to play with Annie so last night I made a regular pesto and added Dijon mustard to it for our open faced sandwiches and it was EXCELLENT!!!!

Mustard Pesto
Olive Oil
Pine Nuts ( I used Pecans)
Dijon Mustard to taste (I want to try it with whole grain mustard)
pinch salt

I put generous portions on them........so good. I topped each sandwich with turkey, sliced tomato and grated parmesean then put them unnder the broiler till the cheese melted and goldened:)