Friday, March 27, 2015

Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish

A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.


Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish:  A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.



Chase off the last of winter's chill with a hotdish.  This is a recipe my husband remembers his Mom making when he was younger.  We didn't have her recipe so we put this together as best as we could with his memories and my cooking experience (with some googling).

Chase off the last of winter's chill with hotdish. [Tweet this]
Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish:  A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.

For this hotdish, I used all wild rice.  Some people use a wild rice mix with white or brown rice, but I wanted all wild rice.  I still had plenty of wild rice from my husband's last trip to Minnesota so that's what I used.  My husband found a family sized package of boneless skinless chicken thighs on sale so that's also what we used.  You could easily use chicken breast or a whole split chicken with or without skin and/or bones.  To add a little color but still keep this recipe simple I added some frozen broccoli. Then, of course, to make this a hotdish it needed cream of mushroom soup.

Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish:  A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.

I see why hotdishes are so popular.  Hotdishes are hardy, simple, and taste amazing. This hotdish was exactly that.  It also made a big 9x13 pan full so it's plenty to feed a large family or just 2 people all week.

Hotdishes are hardy, simple, and taste amazing. [Tweet this]

Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish


Ingredients:

2 cups dry wild rice, cooked
1 shallot, minced (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
2 10.5 oz cans cream of mushroom soup
2 10.5 oz cans full of milk
1 1 pound bag of frozen broccoli
12 chicken thighs

Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish:  A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.


Preheat oven to 350F

Cook the wild rice in water or chicken broth until it's tender (I did this the night before).

Saute the shallot and garlic in a little butter or oil until tender and fragrant (if using).  Or you could also just use some garlic powder and onion powder.

In a large bowl mix the wild rice, shallot, garlic, soup, and milk until thoroughly combined.  Set aside.

Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper and lightly sear on both sides in a frying pan or griddle. (This step may not be necessary but I didn't want to risk the chicken not cooking properly.  The whole hotdish bakes for an hour and gets very hot and bubbly so this may be an unnecessary step...use your judgment)

Pour the rice mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and smooth out. Top with the broccoli and lastly the chicken.

Bake at 350F for about 1 hour until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the soup mixture is bubbly and thickened.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.  Serve with side of your choice I served it with Sweet Dill Glazed Carrots (I'll post this recipe soon).

Enjoy.

Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish:  A delicious and simple hotdish of chicken and wild rice flavored with cream of mushroom soup.



For more hotdishes and casseroles check out:

Tater Tot Hotdish:  Ground beef and veggies in a creamy sauce topped with tater tots.
Tater Tot Hotdish ---------------------
Unstuffed Pepper Casserole:  Stuffed peppers, unstuffed, and made into a casserole.
Unstuffed Pepper      Casserole      ------------------
Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole:  A pasta casserole made with my favorite burger toppings.
Spinach Pasta Bake:  A vegetarian one dish meal of pasta and tomato sauce, with spinach and garbanzo beans, baked with mozzarella.
  Spinach Pasta            Bake        ------------------
For more wild rice recipes check out:



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Great Idea Thursdays 91

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:



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Here's what I've been doing since last time:




Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She had different features.
Passionfruit Slice from Nanna's Wisdom

Fruit Raisin Cinnamon Bake from Simple Recipes Club

Bacon Grilled Cheese Braid from The Gracious Wife
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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage from The Diary of a Real Housewife

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Guinness Smoked Brisket

Slow smoked brisket seasoned with a dry rub and sprayed with Guinness.


Guinness Smoked Brisket:  Slow smoked brisket seasoned with a dry rub and sprayed with Guinness.



Do you ever just crave barbecue?  I sure do.  Over the weekend, I had one of these cravings so I talked my husband into seeing what kind of meat he could find on sale.  I was hoping for a pork butt for some easy Slow Cooker Carolina Barbecue, but there wasn't one on sale so he brought home brisket.  I like brisket barbecue too, but usually prefer it smoked, which my husband was happy to do.

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Guinness Smoked Brisket:  Slow smoked brisket seasoned with a dry rub and sprayed with Guinness.

This was the weekend before St. Patrick's Day and we had plenty of Guinness in the house so my husband had the great idea of using some as a sop.  I've mentioned sop before in my Smoked Top Round Roast.  It's a liquid or sauce brushed or sprayed on the meat while it's being smoked.  It helps add moisture and flavor to the meat.  Between the dry rub and the Guinness sop this brisket had an absolutely delicious bark (the dark outer crust).

Between the dry rub and Guinness sop this brisket had a delicious bark. [Tweet this]

Guinness Smoked Brisket


Ingredients:

Brisket

Dry Rub

Garlic Powder
Salt
Fresh cracked pepper
Red pepper flakes
Green chili flakes
Chili powder
Dried onions
Brown sugar

Sop

Guinness
Apple cider vinegar

Guinness Smoked Brisket:  Slow smoked brisket seasoned with a dry rub and sprayed with Guinness.

None of the ingredients were really measured just add what you like and what smells good to you (or use your favorite spice rub).

Rub the brisket all over with the dry rub.

Fill a spray bottle most of the way full with Guinness and then add about 1/4 cup of cider vinegar.  Gently swirl to mix.

Place the spiced brisket on the preheated smoker and cover.  Allow to smoke all day at about 200F (about 1-2 hours per pound).

Spray the brisket with the sop about every hour.

Brisket is finished when internal temperature reaches 185-200F.  Slice or chop and enjoy as is or with sauce (like a Guinness Barbecue Sauce).

Enjoy.

Guinness Smoked Brisket:  Slow smoked brisket seasoned with a dry rub and sprayed with Guinness.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Great Idea Thursdays 90

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


Wednesdays 6pm EST-Sunday 11:59pm EST

Welcome to Great Idea Thursdays link party where everything gets pinned.  It's an anything goes (as long as it's family friendly and you made it yourself) link party.  Link up your recent blog posts and see other great ideas.  We will be pinning every entry to pinterest.  Socialize and have fun, it's a party!

Great Idea Thursdays link party where everything gets pinned. Socialize and have fun, it's a party! [Tweet this]

Follow our pinterest board.



Here's what I've been doing since last time:



Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She has different features.


DIY Ranch Seasoning from All She Cooks


50 Boozy Cupcakes from Lemons and Laughs


Vatap with Mussels from Upstate Ramblings


Don'ts of Blogging from Busy Being Jennifer (one of the most viewed)

Sugar Cone Tea Cups from Lou Lou Girls

German Chocolate Cake Cookies from The Jenny Evolution

10 Best Burger Recipes Plus 3 Vegetarian from Inspirations for Moms

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On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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*Grab a party button and put it somewhere on your blog (or text link back to us).

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*Click on at least two other links and please leave a comment (I know I love getting comments).

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