When you want minimal washing up but maximum taste, one-pot recipes can be the ultimate savour. We all know Sundays are best spent sprawled on the sofa binge-watching your favourite show or soaking in the bath until you wrinkle like a prune. But hey, a girl's got to eat and that’s where this easy-breezy one-pot round-up comes in handy.
Chicken Citrus Stew
A warmer in the winter or a cleansing citrus palate stuffed with greens come spring, this chicken citrus stew is a winner across the seasons.
Take a large free-range chicken and joint down into thighs, wings and breasts. Add to a large skillet with a glug of olive oil and brown for ten minutes. Take the chicken out but leave in the fat.
Throw into the pan some onion, garlic, a sliced bulb of fennel, chopped leek and a handful of asparagus tips and soften on low heat. Add the chicken back in and top with 600ml of stock. Covering and cooking on low for 45 minutes.
Use a fork to pull the chicken from the bone before beating in the juice of two lemons. Serve into bowls with a dollop of yoghurt and a handful of freshly chopped parsley.
White Skillet Pizza
Pizza doesn’t have to be a complicated affair but it can always be a delicious affair. Use a store-bought dough to save yourself a ton of work and make sure you have a good skillet to hand that has been preheated for ten minutes.
Sprinkle the pan with some cornflour before stretching the dough to cover the bottom of the pan. Mix some garlic and good olive oil in a bowl and lightly brush the mixture onto the dough. Tear up some mozzarella and top with generously grated parmesan or another Italian hard cheese.
Chop up some spring onions and broccoli and add this to the top, along with some silvery anchovies if you feel so inclined. Pup the skillet in the oven at 500 degrees and bake the pizza for 6-8 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. A few minutes before removing from the oven, crack an egg on top for extra taste – cooking once more until the egg white is thoroughly cooked.
Served with a twist or two of cracked black pepper, a light zesting of fresh lemon, and a glass of chilled white wine.
Black Bean and Chocolate Chili
Whether you want a steaming bowl of comfort or a great base for building a towering plate of nachos, this black bean and chocolate chilli will knock your socks off. Best done in a slow cooker for long and lazy results, but this dish would also work on a stove.
Blend together half a carrot, a yellow pepper, a red onion, and a stick of celery for the base. Add to the crockpot with a can or two of black beans. Add a handful of cherry tomatoes and a handful of cilantro leaves to the blender and add this to the one-pot mix.
Top with just enough chicken or vegetable stock to cover the mixture before adding a tablespoon of chipotle paste. Throw in some seasoning – think paprika, chilli flakes, oregano and ground coriander. Finally, add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder and a generous squeeze of lime.
Cook in a crockpot for 3-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Quickly whizz a hand blender over the chilli and serve with sliced avocado, crushed tortilla chips, and a drizzle of cooling yoghurt and fresh cilantro.
A summer warmer after a day in the sea or perfect for a drizzly fall day – chowder is one of those dishes to fall in love with time and time again.
Chop some potatoes, onions, garlic, creamed corn, a pinch of seafood seasoning and jalapeno pepper and add to your slow cooker in 2 cups of vegetable broth and let it all simmer on high for 3-4 hours.
Fifteen minutes before serving, blend half of the liquid into a pureed soup and add back to the crockpot. Add in a cup of cooked flaked salmon along with a cup of half and half cream. Throw in another pinch of seafood seasoning and let it all simmer and cook together for another half hour.
Lade the chowder into a bowl and serve with a dash of hot sauce and a hunk of crusty buttered bread.
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