Tuesday, August 28, 2012

turkey bacon garlic mash & cheddar butter chicken//how to use leftovers.

Turkey Bacon Garlic Mash & Cheddar Butter Chicken
Usually, you list the meat of a meal first, but those mashed potatoes were too good to come in second place.
1.5 lbs Chicken Breast
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
10 slices Turkey Bacon
Garlic Salt to taste
2 tbsp Butter
Preheat oven to 350.
Start by preparing the Mashed Potatoes so you can get to work on the Chicken while the potatoes are boiling.
NOTE: I cut my Chicken Breasts in half to make more pieces; if you don't want to, keep in mind your Chicken will take longer to cook/bake. 
Heat up EVOO (approx. 2 tbsp) on medium heat in a nice big skillet.
When the pan is super hot, add your Chicken and brown all all sides for about 2 minutes each side.  Note:  I even set my Chicken up on it's side if they're particularly large; it gives it a nice even color.
Meanwhile, cook Turkey Bacon according to package.  When it cools off, cut into small pieces and add to your finished Mash along with Garlic Salt.  We LOVE garlic, so ours was pretty heavy on it and it was the bomb.
When your Chicken has a nice even color and is cooked about half way through, add it to a baking dish and stick in your preheated oven for about 30 minutes.  When that's done, pull the Chicken out and add a small bit of Butter to each and pinch of Cheddar Cheese to each.  Throw it all back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
This was a super hit.  And the best part?  The leftovers made really nommy
Open Faced Sammies
I'm gonna go ahead and make a pretty bold statement that will blow your mind and change your life:
All leftovers taste good on homemade Texas Garlic Toast topped with Gravy.  All leftovers.
For this meal, you just throw the Chicken and Mash from the last meal in a pot and heat it together.  Try to shred the Chicken a little more to make smaller, bite-sized pieces.
For the rest of the meal, you will need:
1/2 loaf of good, thick bread
2 tbsp Butter
Garlic Salt
1 can Beef Broth (or 2 cups)
1/4 cup Flour
1/4 cup Cold Water
1 packet Swanson Flavor Boost (optional, but these are awesome to have on hand)
S&P to taste
Cut thick slices of your nice and fresh bread and spread a thin layer of Butter.  Sprinkle Garlic Salt over all slices - a ton of it if you're us - and broil until brown and delish looking.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, bring your Beef Broth to a boil.  In a separate bowl, wisk together Flour and Cold Water.  When your Broth is nice and bubbly, s l o w l y add your Flour mixture, wisking in the pan constantly.  Last, add that Flavor Boost and some S&P.
Assemble the sammies!
1 slice Texas Toast
1 scoop Chicken/Mash Mixture
Topped with some Homemade Gravy.

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