Sunday, November 28, 2010

Paprika Chicken Stew with Potato Pierogies

We love pierogies in this house. One thing we missed, living in the U.S. was pierogies. I remember about a year before moving home, we did find some, at a near by grocery store. I also remember when Mr.B was 3 and he swallowed a nickle. We took him to the ER and they asked if he was eating alright. I mentioned that he had pierogies for lunch and the doctor asked me where we were from. Turns out he was from NY and mentioned he knew we weren't original Tennesseans, since they don't know what pierogies are, LOL. So, I guess it's a northern U.S. and Canadian food.

While browsing my newly found Rachael Ray cookbooks, I stumbled upon this recipe. One of our favorites, mixed with another dish the kids love. SCORE!!

I've never really cooked with Cumin before. Well, except for what is in those taco and fajita packets, LOL. I really loved the pungent flavor, paired with the fresh lemon zest. It really took it to another level. Gave it a bit of pizazz. Everyone enjoyed it, though we all agreed that the stew definitely needs the pierogies, other wise the cumin is a tad overwhelming. But together, it mellows out, with the creamy potato filled pasta. I used half a pound of bacon and subbed extra chicken stock for the wine, otherwise I followed the recipe to a T. Hubby said I should make it again, so this one was a winner!


Paprika Chicken Stew with Potato Pierogies
Adapted from Rachael Ray Just in Time

1/2 pound (about half of a package) smoky, good-quality bacon, chopped into half-inch pieces
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided, plus some for coating the pierogies
3 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs, cut into chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large onions, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
5 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
2 rounded tablespoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
4 tablespoons butter
24 potato pierogies (if unavailable, serve over buttered egg noodles)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chives, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring up to a boil for the pierogies.

Place a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Add the bacon and cook until brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper, add to the pot with the bacon and brown all sides, about 5 minutes. Add onions, carrots and garlic, paprika, cumin, marjoram and bay leaves, and cook for about 4-5 minutes, until the veggies are tender. Make a well in the middle of the pan and add 2 tablespoons of EVOO. Add the flour to the EVOO and mix to form a paste.

Add the white wine, scraping up all of the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and tomatoes, and cook for about 20 minutes until the stew has thickened.
While the stew is cooking, cook the pierogies according to the package directions. Drain and coat lightly with EVOO so they do not stick together. Heat a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and cook until butter turns slightly brown and gives off a nutty smell. Make sure not to burn the butter though! Add the cooked pierogies to the pan and cook until slightly browned on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Serve the stew in large bowls topped with a tablespoon or so of sour cream and some chopped chives with a sprinkle of lemon zest, rosemary and parsley. Place the pierogies on top of the stew and eat!


This recipe has been submitted to Iron Chef Cahllenge-Canned Tomatoes



Kirby said...

I love perogies! This one sounds really good!

Kim said...

I am a pierogie fanatic, truly! This stew looks out of this world delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Heather Lynne said...

I love anything with pierogies, so this would be wonderful. I think I'd use my dad's homemade pierogies with it, YUM!

Kirstin said...

Yum!!!!! I love Paprika chicken (I make a soup called Chicken paprikash) and I LOVE pierogism

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

I should NOT be commenting when I haven't had lunch! I can't remember the last time I had pierogies and the chicken stew...well!.. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Christy said...

are you trying to kill me here!!!??? this looks absolutely delicious...i don't have words...i am coming over to your house to steal the leftovers :) thank you for linking this amazing recipe up to tuesday night supper club

Deborah said...

My husband LOVE pirogies. He would love me forever if I made this for him! Thanks for participating in Saturdays with Rachael Ray!

Brenda said...

Cindy, we are huge pierogie fans in this house and I love the idea of serving them on top of the stew, which sounds absolutely delicious. I really love Rachael's recipes, I have one of her cookbooks and wouldn't hesitate to buy more. Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I've never had pierogies - not something you come across where I live, but this dish sure looks wonderful :-)

Ott, A. said...

I love cooking with ground cumin, it gives food that taste that makes you go ummm.... what is that. Thanks for linking up to my Iron Chef Challenge I hope you will be back next month!