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WINE COUNTRY RECIPE ~ CHICKEN-CHIPOTLE POSOLE WITH AVOCADO AND LIME

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than a big bowl of hearty soup! A rich broth, moist hand-shredded chicken and smoky chipotle make this posole a standout. And you’ll have some extra poached chicken to enjoy in a salad the following day. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Barbera or Zinfandel.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2 pounds (1 kg) chicken legs and thighs
2 quarts (2 l) water
1 large onion, halved and sliced
1 dozen black peppercorns
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smacked
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole cumin seed or ground cumin
1/3 pound (155 g) Mexican-style chorizo
Vegetable oil
1 small onion, minced
½ green bell pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large plum tomato, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ cup (10 g) chopped cilantro, plus some for garnish
1 can (15 oz/470 g) whole hominy, drained and rinsed
Canned chipotle chile en adobo, to taste
Kosher or sea salt.
1 small avocado, halved and pitted, then sliced crosswise
1 lime, quartered

Directions
Put the chicken and water in a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Skim any foam that collects on the surface. When the chicken stops producing foam, add the onion, peppercorns, garlic, and bay leaves. Adjust the heat to maintain a bare simmer and cook 1 hour. Cool, then strain. Remove the chicken meat from the bones, discarding the skin. Refrigerate half the meat for another use. Shred the remaining meat by hand. Set aside 5 cups (1.25 l) of chicken broth and refrigerate or freeze any remaining broth for another use.

Put the whole cumin seed in a small dry skillet and toast over medium heat, shaking the skillet often, until the cumin darkens and becomes fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool, then pound fine in a mortar or grind in a spice grinder.

Remove the chorizo from its skin and put it in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook, crumbling it with a wooden spoon, until it has rendered its fat and is fully cooked. Transfer it to a plate with a slotted spoon, leaving any fat behind. Add enough vegetable oil to the pot to make 2 tablespoons fat.

Add the minced onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the tomato, oregano, and cumin and cook about 3 minutes longer to soften the tomato. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the 5 cups (1.25 l) chicken broth and bring to a simmer, stirring. Add the cilantro, hominy, shredded chicken, and chorizo and return to a simmer. Whisk in some of the thick adobo sauce from the canned chipotle chiles, adding as much as you like. Season posole to taste with salt.

Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Top each portion with a few avocado slices and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairings:

Doffo Winery ~ 2016 Zinfandel – 2018 People’s Choice Winner – This always popular Zinfandel is sure to delight the senses with aromas of plum, raspberry, figs, and cherries. The balanced acidity and voluminous mouthfeel leave a long lasting finish

Europa Village ~ Private Reserve Barbera 2014 -Complex nose of ripe wild plums, figs, dried herbs, and bourbon; the mouthfeel is fleshy and powerful, but nicely balanced with proper acidity.

Hart Winery ~ 2015 Barbera – Aged in fine American oak barrels, this Barbera displays typical varietal high acidity with a significant dollop of American oak on the finish.

Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2015 Reserve Zinfandel – Dried Fruit, Toasted Oak, Refined Tannins

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Wine Country Recipe: Simple & Healthy Chicken Chili from Ponte Winery

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Simple & Healthy Chicken Chili

Courtesy of Ponte Family Estate Winery

Serves 6-8

Kick off the New Year with this quick and healthy chicken chili recipe. The perfect weekday meal, this hearty low-fat stew is a snap to put together and tastes even better if made the day before. Cook low and slow for a simmered braised result; or stir everything together and serve – either way, it’ll satisfy. When it comes to chili, delicious toppings are almost as important as the dish itself! Grated cheddar cheese, greek yogurt (doubles as sour cream) and minced scallions are a great trio. Or get creative with black olives, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Don’t forget the best part: the Temecula wine pairing from our good friends at Ponte Winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 package chili seasoning
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 3-5 cans stewed tomatoes (can be different styles), drained
  • 4-5 cans of beans (kidney, black-mix it up!)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can of corn (optional)
  • 2 celery sticks (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

In a large crock pot, combine stewed tomatoes, onion, garlic and chili seasoning. Add beans, tomato paste and chicken breasts (if chicken is frozen, thaw first). Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. Once done, shred chicken by mashing with a potato masher or use two forks to shred meat.  Set out various bowls of shredded cheese, sour cream or greek yogurt and scallions to garnish on top.

This makes quite a lot of chili but you can freeze any leftovers and have dinner made for a few nights. This chili recipe pairs well with Ponte Winery’s 2010 Malbec, which is a medium to full bodied red wine with aromas of blackberry, plum, and black pepper. But remember, you can pair this recipe with whatever Ponte wine is your personal favorite!

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Wine Country Recipe: Provencal Roasted Chicken

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Provencal Roasted Chicken Recipe

Courtesy of Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Roasted chicken is the perfect comfort food. It’s easy to cook and yields delicious results. If you have an extra ten minutes, go ahead and marinate the chicken before roasting. Use an organic chicken if possible. Not only are they raised humanely, but they taste better too. Roasted chicken will eat well with just about anything. From a green salad and baguette to grilled vegetables or a creamy risotto, there’s no shortage of creative combinations to complete your main course.

Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken 3-4 lbs
2 tbsp olive oil
4 oz soft butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Fresh herbs: lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaf, marjoram
4 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
1 lemon, halved

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 F. Rinse chicken under cold running water. Pat dry and place in a roasting pan, breast side up.

2) Pierce the inside of each thigh with the tip of a knife, then stud a clove of garlic into the hole.

3) Season the cavity of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Place the cut lemon, remaining garlic and ¾ of the herbs (stems can be intact) inside the chicken cavity.

4) Chop the remaining herbs; incorporate the herbs w/ the butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, then rub over outside of the chicken and under the skin.

5) Tie the legs together to ensure that the bird cooks evenly.

6) Roast until the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees when meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, approximately 1 hour; cooking time will vary depending on your oven and size of the chicken.

7) Baste bird with the pan drippings every 15 minutes or so.

8) After the chicken is fully cooked, place on a platter to let rest for about 7-8 minutes.

9) For a quick sauce, deglaze the roasting pan with a generous splash of Callaway white wine and 2 cups of chicken broth or water. Scrape the bottom of the roasting pan with a spatula to loosen the browned bits, then cook over medium-low heat until reduced by half. Slice or segment chicken and spoon sauce over to serve.

Suggested Wine Pairings: Callaway 2009 Special Selection Dolcetto & Callaway 2010 Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Enjoy!

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Summer Wine Country Recipe

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Here’s an upscale California chicken recipe from Executive Chef of Vineyard Rose Restaurant, Dean Thomas!

At South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, it’s all about wine and food, or as owner Jim Carter puts it, “Our talented Chefs’ unique experiences and skills allow us to better match our award-winning wines with exceptional Mediterranean-style food.”

Chef Dean adds, “This classic ‘grandmother-style’  comfort dish raises things a few levels, however the effort is worth the tastes. The duo coking methods for the light and the dark meat allow the excellent features of the Shelton Farms product to stand out. This is a local company, we are proud to feature on our evening Vineyard Rose menu.”

Shelton Farms Chicken Duo
INGREDIENTS:

1 free-range, organic chicken (2.5 lbs), cut into parts

1 oz. Neudske’s Applewood Bacon, diced

½ carrot, small oblique

½ celery, minced

2 tbls. of garlic, sliced thinly

1 shallot, sliced thinly

¼ pearl onion, whole (frozen is easiest)

¼ cup Sangiovese or similar red wine

1-3 tsp of flour

3 oz heavy cream

3/4 cup Roasted Reduced Chicken Stock

Optional:

¼ lb (4 oz) Maitre de Butter

1 oz (2 tbls.) White Truffle Oil

Parsley oil and a fried carrot chip

PROCESS:

  1. Season thighs/legs, tie together and place on a sheet plan.  Roast at 400 degrees until golden brown.
  2. Slowly sauté the diced bacon to golden; add the vegetables and sauté until translucent.  Deglaze the pan with red wine.  Dust with flour to thicken the sauce.
  3. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer, then add heavy cream.
  4. Pour sauce over thighs/legs and cover.  Place in 300 degree oven and braise until tender.
  5. Cook chicken breast to 165 degrees and plate with thighs/legs.
  6. Garnish with parsely oil and carrot chip.  Serve with Potato Boulengere and green beans.

Enjoy with your favorite Temecula red!

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