Wednesday, August 15, 2012

delish!

that is the response i got to dinner...
two nights in a row!
and it was the SAME THING!
and it was one dish.
i mean, come on... am i dreaming???
oh, and it cooked in essentially one dish,
the crock pot!
{there is a roux -please do not let that scare you- to make at the end...
i was on the phone with my bff when i was making my roux
and completely messed it all up
and i was able to 'fix it'
and it was STILL delicious! 
that is sayin' somethin' about this recipe!}

and this is sayin' that it was 
GOOD!







here is the recipe...



{original recipe}
Recipe slow cooker creamy chicken and wild rice soup

Ingredients:

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice
1/2 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups half and half (I used fat-free half and half)
1 cup grated carrots (I diced mine)
1 cup diced celery

Directions:


Combine broth, water, carrots, celery, chicken and rice (along with seasoning packet) in a large slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Take out chicken and shred with two forks and then add back into slow cooker. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, and flour. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour mixture by tablespoon to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and then let cook on low for 15 more minutes.
 

 some things i did differently...

added a chicken bullion cube to the 2c water,
next time if i have 6c chicken broth, i will just use the broth

used 1/2 STICK butter, so 1/4c

i had about 1/2c half and half {regular strength} and 
added approximately 1c skim milk and a nice size dollop
of regular sour cream to the roux...
it was a little wonky but it was all i had and 
since i reduced the amount of butter but not the 
amount of flour AND i was on the phone with my bff,
i just sort of had to act fast and keep things moving...
so i added more sour cream because it was handy!

i added the leafy part of the celery and added a little more than 1c

i added a diced onion to the mix too!

this is a rich {but not too rich} extremely delightful soup...
it would make a fabulous dish to take to a friend
as a surprise dinner, to a new mama, a sick friend, etc...
giles isn't a *huge* fan of soups and casseroles,
he eats them but i think tends to prefer foods a little
more separate maybe? he's usually good for the first, original 
night, but leftovers can sometimes be rebuffed...
as i said, he said this was delicious and ate every bite!
so.... make some!!!


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