I was born on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. My mom, Izetta, was born in Tennessee and raised in Waterford, Virginia. My dad, Charles Irving, was born in a small town outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Most of my aunts and uncles remained in Virginia. We would drive to the country every Sunday and had wonderful Sunday dinners with relatives. My mom would help cook in their big country kitchens. Nothing says comfort like southern food and. . .good ole' hospitality is truly a southern tradition.
Chicken Paprika or Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food. My children loved this dish when they were growing up. I used only boneless chicken breasts, and still do. If you have chicken breasts or thighs, (boneless or bone-in) paprika, and sour cream or Greek yogurt; you can easily make this dish.
You can serve this over wide egg noodles (the way I served it years ago) or buy spaetzle or make spaetzle (pronounced spatz luh) yourself. The recipe follows. Make the spaetzle first; cover and keep warm in the oven. Lee's Kitchen Tips: If you don't have a spaetzle maker (hopper), roll small balls of dough into a narrow rope and cut them into ¼inch slices.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t sea salt
¼ t ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
¼ cup milk
2 T unsalted butter, melted
In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, salt, and nutmeg.
In a small bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and butter.
Whisk egg mixture into flour mixture.
Set aside and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes.
Place spaetzle maker (hopper) over a large pot of boiling salted water.
Fill the hopper with batter, and then move hopper back and forth over the grate, allowing dumplings to fall into the boiling water.
Cook until dumplings float, 1-2 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon to a baking dish. Repeat process until all the batter has been used.
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
Gently toss dumplings with additional butter in the baking dish, cover, and keep warm until ready to serve. Chicken Paprikash
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 T sweet or hot Hungarian paprika, divided ½ t ground ginger
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 T avocado oil
4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into thirds
2 T unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely diced.
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T Worcestershire sauce 1 T tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1 T unsalted butter
1 cup sour cream or full-fat plain Greek yogurt, divided
Minced parsley, for garnish
Mix together the flour, paprika, and ginger in a flat bowl.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Dredge chicken in flour mixture and brown in skillet on both sides.
Reduce heat and add butter.
Add diced onion and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Mix together Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and chicken broth.
Pour over chicken, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
Remove chicken to a platter.
Raise heat and add the 1 tablespoon of butter to skillet and gently boil to thicken sauce slightly.
Reduce heat and add about ½ cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt to pan and stir to combine.
Return chicken to pan, cover and heat through for a couple of minutes.
Arrange chicken on plates and spoon sauce over and around it.
Serve with spaetzle and sour cream or Greek yogurt on the side.
Why buy commercially prepared salad dressings with artificial ingredients when it is so easy to make healthier and delicious dressings at home? If you love the taste of orange, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, and pomegranate seeds...you will love this recipe.
Vinaigrette ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 t grated orange zest ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice 2 T honey 2 t Dijon mustard 1 T poppy seeds
½ t freshly ground black pepper
½ t sea salt Pour above vinaigrette ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Refrigerate until ready to use. Salad Mixed salad greens, enough for 4 people ¼ cup pecans Clementine or Mandarin orange segments ¼ cup pomegranate seeds Wash and spin-dry salad greens and place in a salad bowl. Pour pecans into a dry skillet and over medium-high heat, toast the pecans for a couple of minutes, shaking the pan as needed so they do not burn. Set aside to cool. Add the Clementine or Mandarin orange segments to the salad. Add some of the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Sprinkle on the toasted pecans and pomegranate seeds, toss again and serve. Serves 4