ITALIAN BEEF STROGANOFF ~ SLOW COOKED

ITALIAN BEEF STROGANOFF
28 ounce can Contadina crushed tomatoes
8 ounce can Contadina tomato sauce
1 MAGGI beef seasoning cube
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 pounds chuck roast or chuck eye steak*, cut into stew sized pieces
2 cups cooked wide egg noodles
1 cup sour cream
fresh parsley

  • Layer beef chuck pieces, garlic and onions in bottom of slow cooker.
  • Whisk together tomatoes and sauce.  Microwave for 3 minutes until HOT!  Add beef cube and stir until dissolved.
  • Pour over meat and onions.
  • Cook 8-10 hours on low OR 4-6 hours on high.
  • Pour meat through colander so it is separate from the sauce.
  • Stir sour cream into sauce. 
  • Fold noodles into sauce mixture.
  • Fold beef back in.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.
  • Enjoy.

*these 2 pieces of meat are actually from the same cut, but I base it on which one is currently on sale.  This week I saved 50 cents a pound by using 2 steaks instead on 1 roast.

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ITALIAN CHICKEN PROVENCAL

ITALIAN CHICKEN PROVENCAL
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons minced garlic jar
2 large slices EXTRA SOUR sourdough bread
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground basil
1 large bay leave, deveined and crumbled
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup home made chicken broth*
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup mayonnaise**
6 chicken breasts

  • Using a mortar and pestle revive the seasoning scents of the basil, bay leaf, salt and pepper by grinding fine.
  • Whisk together the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, bay leaf and basil.
  • Pour over the bread slices and soak the bread in the red wine vinegar mixture until all the vinegar is absorbed by the bread.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over a medium high heat.
  • Add garlic to skillet and saute’ until fragrant. With a slotted spoon transfer the garlic to the food processor.
  • Lightly brown the bread on both sides in the olive oil. Transfer to a small food processor.
  • Add the butter to the skillet so it can melt into the olive oil while you make the paste. Remove from heat.
  • Add the almonds to the food processor. Process until you have a paste.
  • Gradually add the broth to the paste to form a sauce.
  • Return the skillet to the heat and brown chicken pieces on both sides until golden.
  • Add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to a serving dish and keep warm.
  • Whisk mayonnaise and lemon juice into the sauce in the pan until smooth.
  • Pour over chicken and Parmesan Potatoes. I serve it with asparagus. The sauce is a perfect compliment for it.
  • Serve & Enjoy!

*1 cup boiling water + 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
**light works well too

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Italian Chicken Provencal aka red wine vinegar & garlic yumminess

Being married to an Italian has it’s dietary drawbacks – rich food and poundage. I have revised this recipe so that it is still rich and full flavored, but a little easier on the hips!

ITALIAN CHICKEN PROVENCAL
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons minced garlic jar
2 large slices EXTRA SOUR sourdough bread
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground basil
1 large bay leave, deveined and crumbled
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup home made chicken broth*
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup mayonnaise**
6 chicken breasts

  • Using a mortar and pestle revive the seasoning scents of the basil, bay leaf, salt and pepper by grinding fine.
  • Whisk together the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, bay leaf and basil.
  • Pour over the bread slices and soak the bread in the red wine vinegar mixture until all the vinegar is absorbed by the bread.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over a medium high heat.
  • Add garlic to skillet and saute’ until fragrant. With a slotted spoon transfer the garlic to the food processor.
  • Lightly brown the bread on both sides in the olive oil. Transfer to a small food processor.
  • Add the butter to the skillet so it can melt into the olive oil while you make the paste. Remove from heat.
  • Add the almonds to the food processor. Process until you have a paste.
  • Gradually add the broth to the paste to form a sauce.
  • Return the skillet to the heat and brown chicken pieces on both sides until golden.
  • Add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to a serving dish and keep warm.
  • Whisk mayonnaise and lemon juice into the sauce in the pan until smooth.
  • Pour over chicken and Parmesan Potatoes. I serve it with asparagus. The sauce is a perfect compliment for it.
  • Serve & Enjoy!

*1 cup boiling water + 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
**light works well too

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