Rachael Ray's Recipes

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Rachael Ray's Cheesy Penne Italian Shepherd's Pie

Post  justmecookin on Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:25 pm

Rachael Ray's Cheesy Penne Italian Shepherd's Pie

1/2 pound mini penne (or any mini short-cut pasta)
Salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup chicken stock, divided
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded provolone

Pre-heat oven to 400°. Place a large pot filled with water over high heat and bring to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add some salt and the pasta, and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Heads up -- reserve a mug of starchy water before draining the cooked pasta. Drain well and transfer pasta back to the cooking pot.

While the water is coming up to a boil for the pasta, place a large skillet over high heat and with 3 turns of the pan, add Evoo, about 3 tablespoons. Once the oil starts to ripple, add the ground turkey and break it up into small pieces as it cooks, using the back of a wooden spoon or a potato masher. Cook until the turkey is nice and brown, about 8-10 minutes.

Add the veggies and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, ½ cup chicken stock, half of the reserved starchy water, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 10 more minutes, stirring every now and then.

While the veggies and turkey are cooking, place a medium-size saucepot over medium heat with the butter. Once the butter melts, add the flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly so the flour doesn't burn. Whisk in the milk and the rest of the starchy pasta water and chicken stock, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened. Once thick, turn off the heat, add the cheese to the pot and stir until completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the bottom of a large, oven-safe baking dish with the turkey and veggie mixture. Meanwhile, add the cheese sauce to the reserved pasta in the pasta pot. Stir to coat, then transfer the cheesy pasta to the baking dish. Spread it out to cover the turkey mixture evenly. Place in the oven and bake until the top is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serves 4

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Rachael Ray's Chicken in Pastry

Post  justmecookin on Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:09 pm

Rachael Ray's Chicken in Pastry

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, 6 to 8 ounces each
Salt and pepper
2 to 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Evoo (extra-virgin olive oil)
1 (11 x 17-inch) sheet of frozen puff pastry, (11 x 17-inch) sheet
8 slices (1/4-inch-thick) Italian fontina cheese, 2 to 3 inches square
1/2 cup fig preserves
1 egg, beaten with a splash of wate

Preheat the oven to 400°. Halve each piece of chicken crosswise, giving you 8 equal portions. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and the rosemary. Heat the Evoo in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Lightly brown the chicken on both sides, 5 minutes total (it will cook further in the oven). Remove from the heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the pastry into 8 equal pieces and place a piece of cheese in the center of each.

Top with a spoonful of fig preserves and a piece of chicken. Fold the dough up and over the meat and cheese and pinch the edges to seal. Brush the seams with egg wash, flip the pastry packets over, and brush the tops with the remaining egg wash. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden all over and heated through.

For entrée portions, simply leave the chicken breasts whole and cut the pastry into quarters to make 4 packets. Trim off excess dough and use it to decorate the pastry with small cutouts, such as heart shapes. Serves 8

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