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Creamy Bacon Leek Soup

Featured_Creamy_Bacon_Leek_SoupThere is nothing better than coming home from a cold winter’s day and be greeted by a warm bowl of soup! This recipe combines bacon, potatoes, leeks and cream to create a surprisingly tasty dish. Top with aged cheddar for an additional zing.

Ingredients

  • 19 ounces (550 g) of potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 leeks (approximately 750 g)
  • 8 ounces (250 g) of uncooked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter (separated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 4 cups (940 ml) of chicken broth
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of cream
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of shredded cheddar cheese (per bowl)

Preparation

  1. Cut leeks lengthwise then chop into ½ inch (1.25 cm) pieces.  In cool water, separate leeks into individual layers to clean.  Remove from water and leave in a colander to dry.
  2. With a large pot (approximately 7.5 litres) melt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) on medium heat.
  3. Cut bacon strips into ½ inch (1.25 cm) pieces then drop into the pot.  Cook bacon until it begins to brown.
  4. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter then add potatoes and garlic into the pot. Sauté for about five minutes. Optionally add Italian seasoning.
  5. Add leeks then cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Leeks will decrease in volume considerably during this time.
  6. Pour in chicken broth, bring to a boil then simmer on low until potatoes are soft (approximately an hour).
  7. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before pouring in cream.  Replace on low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Fill a bowl then cover in shredded cheese.
  9. Makes roughly eight bowls.

French Chicken with Mushrooms

Featured_French_Chicken_With_MushroomsThere are a myriad of variations on this recipe.  Also known as Chicken à la King this recipe sometimes sports sherry, peppers and a mix of vegetables.  This is one of my go-to recipes, since I can cobble it  together in under 45 minutes.

While this meal is traditionally served on toasted garlic bread, I often serve it atop some rice as shown.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of boneless chicken breast
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (285 ml) of sliced mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cumin
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of pepper
  • 14 fluid ounces (435 ml) of chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of peas

Preparation

  1. Cook chicken according to taste, I use and outdoor grill and sprinkle with a light seasoning like Mrs Dash.  When cooked, cut chicken into approximately ½ inch (1.25 cm) cubes.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan (1.4 quarts or 1.3 litres) over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms and cumin then sauté until browned.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  5. Add in chicken broth and cream then stir constantly until sauce thickens.
  6. Add chicken and peas, heat throughout.
  7. Ready to serve on rice or toasted garlic bread.