Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cher's Fantasmic Paprikash in a Crock Pot

I traveled to see my son's family yesterday and was treated to a sensual culinary experience. Cher had made a delectable delight that I had never partaken or heard of before; Paprikash. Doesn't that word just make you smile?


I love it, the word and the dish.

Paired with the bowl of Paprikash were generous slices of hot buttered home made sour dough bread that my son had made.

Mmmmm..... my mouth is salivating at the memory of the meal.

So without further ado, the meal:

And now, the recipe:

Cher’s Fantasmic Chicken Paprikash in a Crock Pot

3 tablespoons (to taste) Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 whole chicken
4 - 6 cloves minced garlic
8-ounce Crimini brown mushrooms sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 can drained diced tomatoes
1/2 cup Chicken Broth

To make Rice:
2 cups Rice (or more if you like more rice)
4 cups (1 qt) fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
Olive Oil

Loaf of Sourdough Bread

Add chicken broth and spices to the crock pot and stir well.
Gently mix onion, bell pepper and with the paprika mixture.
Nestle the chicken into the veggies, cover, and set for 8 hours.
Add the garlic and mushrooms 3-4 hours into cooking.
(you could add them earlier, but when my daughter in law waited to add them the mushrooms had better flavor and texture)
After 8 hours, remove chicken and let cool.
Taste the veggie mixture and add more paprika, black pepper, cayenne, and salt to taste.
Remove chicken from carcass.
Cut into bite size shredded pieces and add back to crock pot.
Add sour cream and drained diced tomatoes turn crock pot on medium.
Allow to cook for 30 minutes more, while rice is cooking.

To cook rice, add enough olive oil to pan to coat the bottom, stir in rice until rice is coated in oil. Using medium heat continue stirring rice as though you were sautéing it.
(This keeps the rice from burning.)
While the rice is cooking in the oil, heat chicken stock in microwave or over stove until very hot. After the rice has cooked 3 - 5 minutes add chicken broth and salt to taste.
Cover and cook until done; about 30 min.

Serve Paprikash over rice in a bowl.
Make sure you plenty of crusty slices of hot fresh buttered sour dough bread.

Number of Servings: 6 -1 cup servings

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