Saturday, April 25, 2020

Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine

Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat! 


Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern



With everyone at home baking has boomed.  The grocery stores are low on stock for everything you need to bake with.  I got lucky and found some flour, yeast, baking powder, chocolate chips (gotta have them!) and a few odds and ends to bake, and I was a happy camper.

Several weeks ago I posted a recipe for Basic White Bread Machine Bread and it was a major hit, so I thought I'd bring you another version of bread using a bread machine.   Let's make french bread!  So while your typical French bread comes in a baguette this one is in loaf form since it is made in a bread machine.  You can certainly use the dough only setting and then form the dough into a baguette if you prefer but I'm going to take the easy route and make it in my bread machine.  It really is a dump and go method which I just love.


Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern

Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern

So what is the outcome?  Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  This recipe make a 1 lb. loaf and is best eaten within a few days.  It's great for making toast, sandwiches, garlic bread, slathered with butter along side soup, and makes a mean french toast.

Any way you choose to eat it, you'll love this bread!

Enjoy!


Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern





Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine

1 - 1 lb. loaf

2/3 cup water
1 tsp margarine or butter softened
2 cups bread flour (can use all-purpose)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp quick acting yeast or regular yeast

Place all ingredients in bread pan in order listed.  Close lid and set your bread type.  Mine has a French setting.  Otherwise use the White setting.  Choose crust color, and then hit the start button.

Remove bread pan when completed.  After about 5 minutes, gently shake the pan to dislodge the loaf, and turn it out onto a rack to cool.

Store, well-wrapped, on the counter for 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months






Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern

Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern

Simple French Bread for the Bread Machine: Crusty on the outside with a soft and tender airy crumb on the inside. Hot from the bread machine this bread is hard to beat!  - Slice of Southern













Saturday, April 18, 2020

Ground Turkey Empanadas

A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced to perfection.


Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern


Today's recipe is one fun meal idea that the whole family can get behind.  Raise your hand if you like finger food.  (I do, I do!) These have got to be the cutest little empanadas, and they taste amazing. I dare you to eat just one!  A major plus is that they are baked, not fried.  Plus, I've made them even healthier by the use of ground turkey, but you may use any type of ground meat (chicken, pork, beef, lamb) that you have on hand.


Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern

You probably have most items already with the exception of the pie crust.  Pick up a pre-made rolled pie crust and a few items from your pantry and you are ready to make these delicious empanadas.  I made these in to mini-sized empanadas by using a biscuit cutter, but feel free to make them any size you choose.  You will just need to adjust the amount of filling and the cooking time to accommodate your changes.


Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern



Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern

These come together easily and would be a great dish to have the kids help out with.  Turn this into a great activity during our quarantine time and watch their faces light up when they see and taste the results!  After a few minutes in the oven you will have the most scrumptious treats.  


Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern

Perfect for lunch, dinner, or snack time!

Enjoy!







Ground Turkey Empanadas
    yield: 24 1 tablespoon canola oil
    1 cup yellow onion chopped
    1 clove garlic minced
    3/4 pound ground turkey
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
    Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
    2 rolls of refrigerated pie dough
    1 egg
    splash of water

    Allow the pie dough to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
    For the filling:  In a skillet over medium heat add the oil and allow to heat.  Add the chopped onion and allow to soften 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir to combine.  Add the ground turkey and cook until brown, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.  Add the tomato paste, paprika and chicken broth.  Stir to combine.  Cook 2 more minutes allowing the liquid to reduce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Unroll one dough round on a cutting board.  Smooth out a little with a rolling pin.  Cut 3 1/2 inch circles, re-rolling out the scraps.  You should end up with about 12 circles.  Do this with the other pie dough round, ending with about 24 circles.
    Take a heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture and place it in the center of the circle.  Fold one side over the meat and press the edges together to form a half moon shaped pocket.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining circles and filling.  Using the tongs of a fork crimp the edges of the pocket to form a seal.  Repeat with all the pockets.
    In a small bowl place the cracked egg along with a splash of water.  Beat together.  Using a pastry brush, dip in in the egg wash and spread it across each pocket.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until light golden brown.  Serve immediately.
Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern

Ground Turkey Empanadas: A tender flaky crust surrounds a lighter ground turkey filling that's spiced and baked to perfection. - Slice of Southern



Saturday, April 4, 2020

Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl

30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl. 


30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern




Yum

Bowl food is all the rage right now and why not?  It's an entire meal in one bowl which in my opinion is really genius!  We just love them and repeat these meals often because they are easy to make and only limited by your imagination.  Some of our favorites are Mojito Chicken Bowls and Lighter Burrito Bowl, and Brushetta Chicken Bowl.

Today I have a wonderfully delicious noodle bowl for you.  Noodle bowls typically consist of veggies, noodles of some sort, broth and possibly a protein.  They are usually Asian in nature and are comforting and hearty.  Today we are NOT doing an Asian noodle bowl.  Nope....I'm going to mix it up and change the flavor profile completely.  Let's go Southwestern!


30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern


SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN AND NOODLE BOWL

These noodle bowls are filled with steaming hot veggies, tender pieces of chicken, tender angel hair pasta, and a killer broth!  The flavors are amazing and this is definitely a soul satisfying dish.  One you will want to put in your "def gonna make this one again" recipe list.

What do I need to make this?  Did I mention that this is a one pot dish?  Yes it is!  You will need a medium sized Dutch oven or it could be made in a large wok.  You will want a vessel with higher sides to hold and boil the broth.  The other tools necessary are tongs, chef knife, and a cutting board.


30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern


What ingredients do I use?
This dish is easy to pull together with the following items
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • cumin, salt & pepper, red pepper flakes
  • garlic
  • bell peppers
  • low-sodium chicken broth
  • angel hair pasta
  • salsa
  • green onions
I used chicken breasts for this dish because that is what we prefer, but chicken thighs would work perfectly.  One thing that makes the broth a Killer broth is the addition of salsa.  Pick one that you like and if it is "hot" in spice then leave out the red pepper flakes.  Adding a little heat, if you can handle it, really bumps up the flavors in this dish.   The broth is what totally takes this dish from ho-hum to WOW!


30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern

Dinner will be on the table in 30 minutes, which is a winner in my book, any day of the week.  We truly love this noodle bowl and are sure that you will too! 


Enjoy!






Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl


serves 4


1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
salt & pepper
2 Tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic
32 oz low sodium chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5 oz of angel hair pasta
2 bell peppers, chopped - red and orange
3 green onions, green and white parts, cut in 1 inch pieces

Cut the chicken into thin bite-size strips. Sprinkle with cumin, salt, and black pepper. In a Dutch oven or wok 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half the meat and 1 clove of garlic.  Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.  Remove from pan.  Repeat with the remaining oil and chicken.  Remove and set the chicken aside.

Add the broth to the pan and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add the salsa, red pepper flakes,  pasta, bell peppers, and green onions.  Boil for about 5-6 minutes until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally.  Add the chicken and any accumulated juices back in the pan, turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and allow to heat through about 5 minutes.  Serve in bowls.



30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern
30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern
30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern





30 minutes and only one pot is all it takes to create this Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Bowl.  - Slice of Southern










Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Basic White Bread Machine Bread

Light and fluffy homemade bread straight from your bread machine.  Hot from the oven and slathered with butter will have you swooning for more!


Light and fluffy homemade bread straight from your bread machine.  Hot from the oven and slathered with butter will have you swooning for more! - Slice of Southern



Yum

I hope this post finds you and your family safe and healthy.

It's day 18 of our Safer at Home quarantine in Los Angeles.  I have to tell you the first couple of days anxiety was running high for me and I was either a step away from crying or snapping someone's head off.  The fear of what this could turn in to was eating away at me. Here's what helped me: 

  • A Mantra: "I'm safe, I'm healthy..."
  • Deep breathing/or Meditation
  • Create a daily schedule or routine
  • Daily Exercise
  • Get Fresh Air
  • Limit the news broadcasting
  • Do something enjoyable or adopt a hobby
  • Go to bed at a decent hour and getting rest.
Just to mention one of the items above.  Incorporating exercise in to my daily routine has been a lifesaver. Just 30 minutes a day is uplifting. Not only does it fill your body with endorphins (mood enhancer!) and energy, it's also a stress reliever. My favorite exercise routines comes from Body Groove.  Misty Tripoli takes dance down to a basic level and creates exercise routines that allows you to dance doing basic steps "your way".  So however you do it is perfect. There is no right or wrong way to move...just move and dance and have fun!  I just love her routines.  You can find them in the link provided as she has them on DVD, on Demand, and you can even find some of them on YouTube.  You should definitely check them out.


Light and fluffy homemade bread straight from your bread machine.  Hot from the oven and slathered with butter will have you swooning for more! - Slice of Southern

So the grocery stores are still bare and everyone is hoarding the bread (along with the toilet paper!) So what to do?  Well I say we dust off that old Bread Machine Maker and make some homemade fresh bread.  So out to the garage I went to find my trusty machine and went to work.  

Making bread in a bread machine is really, really easy.  This bread recipe is outstanding. The best, EASY yeast bread for a bread machine. Beginners will love how simple it is and everyone will appreciate a warm loaf of homemade bread.  This is a wonderful project to do with your kids as well.



What do you need to make bread?

  • milk
  • flour
  • water
  • butter
  • sugar
  • yeast


Light and fluffy homemade bread straight from your bread machine.  Hot from the oven and slathered with butter will have you swooning for more! - Slice of Southern

This particular recipe comes from King Arthur Flour and uses their unbleached all-purpose flour (which I just love and always use anyway) instead of bread flour. Their flour has a high protein level (11.7%), and the quality of that protein, allows you to use it in recipes calling for either bread flour or all-purpose flour. This recipe makes a reliably high-rising loaf, with soft, springy texture and nicely balanced flavor.


5 minutes of hands-on time and you will be set! In about 3 1/2 hours you will have a wonderful homemade loaf of bread that will be perfect fresh and hot, slathered with butter. Make sandwiches, toast it, soak up that gravy or pan sauce, dunk it in soups and stews. Make bruschetta, garlic bread, or even grilled cheese. Yum!


Enjoy!



Basic White Bread Machine Bread

source:  King Arthur Flour



For small (1-pound) machine

2/3 cup (152g) lukewarm water
1/4 cup (57g) lukewarm milk
2 tablespoons (28g) butter
2 1/2 cups (298g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
5 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon active dry yeast or instant yeast


Instructions:

Put all of the ingredients into your machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

Program the machine for basic white bread, and press Start.

When the loaf is done, remove the pan from the machine. After about 5 minutes, gently shake the pan to dislodge the loaf, and turn it out onto a rack to cool.

Store, well-wrapped, on the counter for 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.



Light and fluffy homemade bread straight from your bread machine.  Hot from the oven and slathered with butter will have you swooning for more! - Slice of Southern

Light and fluffy homemade bread straight from your bread machine.  Hot from the oven and slathered with butter will have you swooning for more! - Slice of Southern


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