Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Buffalo chicken Soup

1  2 1/4 to 2 1/2lb. deli-roasted chicken skinned, boned, and coarsley shredded
2 T butter
1/2 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped onion
2 14oz. cans redused sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 c milk
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp bottled hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6oz)
1 1/4 c crumbled bleu cheese (5 oz)
1/2 c shredded parmesian cheese (2 oz)
1/3 c all purpose flour

Serving day- hot pepper sauce (optional)
Cooking Day
In a dutch oven, melt butter over med. heat.  Add celery and onions, cook and stir until tender.  Stir in broth, milk, salt, and hot pepper sauce.

In a med. bowl, toss together the cheeses and flour.  Add gradually to soup, stirring after each addition until just melted.  Stir in shredded chicken; heat through but do not allow to boil.  Cool and freeze. 

Serving Day:
Thaw soup to a slushy consistency.  Reheat in saucepan.  Top with additional bleu cheese crumbles and hot sauce if desired.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Red Beans and Rice

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice (Southern Living 199?)

1lb. dried red beans
7C. water
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 med. onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 lb. andouille sausage, sliced (I use a whole package of smoked sausage. You can order/purchase andouille from Schnucks, but I haven't tried it yet. Today I am using turkey sausage with Hormel turkey peperoni.)
3 T. creole seasoning (Tony's)
Hot cooked rice
Garnish: sliced green onions

Place first 8 ingredients in a 4 quart slow cooker.
Cook, covered, at HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender. Serve with hot cooked rice. Garnish, if desired. Makes 31/2 quarts.