I couldn’t get dinner on the table fast enough, tonight. And I tell ya – I have found my new favorite bread. It’s unbelievable.
The crust is crunchy, crusty, chewy, rich, dark, with a powerful flavor. The crumb is soft, chewy, spongy. And it all hints of sourdough. That yeasty smell of my youth. Seriously, it”s my new favorite bread.
The Pseudo Risotto was a chicken and rice casserole baked in the oven. I actually hadn’t thought risotto until plating it up. Pseudo. Definitely not the real thing. But good. Wintertime comfort food – even if it’s 60° outside.
I boiled down last nights chicken carcass and pulled off all the meat. I then thickened the broth using the chicken fat from the pot mixed with flour. (I wasn’t about to skim off all that flavor just to add fat to thicken it.)
I saved some of the chicken for sandwiches and the rest went into bowl with cooked rice and frozen mixed vegetables. I stirred in the gravy, put it all in a casserole (actually, I split it into two casseroles – one went in the freezer) and into a 350° oven for an hour.
It was very risotto-like. Smooth, creamy, and just the right comfort-food feel.
But the star of tonight’s dinner really was the bread.