Seeing some of the more recent "hey I ate poop for lunch" threads has reminded me that we actually haven't had a cooking thread in some time. That or we did and I wasn't paying attention, but I'm gonna pretend that I'm right on this one. The other reason being that I just started trying to teach myself how to cook, and I figured it couldn't hurt to maybe pick up some new stuff to try.
So for an initial contribution, heres something I made tonight for dinner that I picked up from a guy I work with. Basically its the second thing I've cooked that requires a little more then either the boiling of water or the direct application of flame to meat.
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 pound sausage/chorizo/keilbasa
- 1 onion
- 1 bell pepper (red)
- 1/2 cup celery
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 15oz can of chicken broth
- 1 15oz can of siced tomatoes
- 3 15oz cans of goya beans (any color w/ sauce)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 cup white rice
Start by cubing the chicken and slicing the sausage, cut them up small preferably, but its not terribly important to get em tiny. Also if you're slow with a knife like I am, slice up the onion, celery, red pepper and garlic before you actually start cooking. Once this is all prepped the whole meal becomes pretty basic to prepare.
Brown the sausage in a pot large enough to hold everything listed above. Once the sausage is browned, add the chicken to the mix and brown it as well.
Once the chicken is browned in the same pot as the sausage, add the celery, red pepper, onion and garlic and let the whole thing cook for 5 minutes or so.
After that add the chicken broth, tomatoes, beans (w/sauce), bay leaves, oregano and salt and pepper (to taste). Mix it up and bring the pot to a boil.
When it comes to a boil, add the rice and then drop the heat to a simmer until the rice is done. If your a little shy on liquid add water as needed. But remember, this isn't a soup, you should be able to see your ingredients poking out of the top, not completely submerged. As its simmering you can taste it and season it to your liking (he suggested cayenne pepper if you like it hot). When its done, it should basically resemble Jambalaya or chili without sauce. Serve in bowls with cheese on top/mixed in. Serves 4 like this, but I doubled everything and it seemed like there was enough there for 10.
Overall its pretty tasty, very filling, and due to the beans and veggies expect to have a quality bowel movement sometime in the next 24 hours.