Hello Morocco! One Dish Chicken & Rice Dinner

Ingredients:

3 onions, sliced thinly 1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar 1.5 cups long grain white rice
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger 3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/2 tsp salt 3 medium carrots, thickly sliced
Olive oil .5 cup thompson or sultana raisins
2 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Hello Morocco Seasoning Blend
1 lb chicken breasts or thighs, skin on or off
Chopped fresh cilantro

Method:

Preheat oven to 350. Pat chicken dry and salt lightly. On stove top, heat oil in oven-safe dutch oven over medium-high heat, place chicken (skin side down if using chicken with skin). Cook until browned on one side, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate and pour off excess fat from pan. Add onions and sugar and saute until rich brown – stir often (25 minutes or so).

Add salt, ginger, garlic and Twisted Gourmet Hello Morocco blend. Saute for a few moments, until the scent releases (let spices bloom). Add stock and rice, and return chicken to pan, browned side up. Cover and place in centre of oven. Set timer for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, add carrots and set timer for 20 minutes. Remove pot from oven. Remove chicken – add raisins to pot & cover. Shred chicken on a cutting board – remove skin & bones. Fluff rice with a fork, return the chicken to the pot and let stand covered about 5 minutes while chicken returns to heat.

Serve topped with chopped coriander.

 

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Cheechako Taco Pulled Chicken Soup

So satisfying! Flavourful broth, tender pulled chicken and lots of vegetables, all cooking away for you while you do… well, next to nothing in fact!

Ingredients:

2 bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed (about 1.5 lbs chicken: ok to use thighs)

1 medium onion, diced

1 large clove garlic, finely minced

1 cup celery, bite sized pieces

1 cup red pepper, bite sized pieces

1 cup yellow pepper, bite sized pieces

1 can diced tomato, no salt added

4 cups good homemade chicken stock or 1 carton no salt added chicken stock (900ml)

*1 chipotle in adobo sauce (photo below). This is optional.

1 cup sweet corn (also optional)

2 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Cheechako Taco Blend 

1/2 cup coconut milk (more or less as desired)

1/2 cup cilantro stems & leaves

Juice of 1/2 lime

Method:

Place vegetables in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Place skinless chicken breasts on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with Twisted Gourmet Cheechako Taco Blend . Add *chipotle pepper if desired, and tomatoes and liquid from can. Pour in stock.

Set slow cooker to low heat and cook for 5-6 hours until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through.  Turn slow cooker to high.

Remove chicken breasts from the crock. On a plate or cutting board, shred the meat with two forks, watching carefully for small bones. Add the meat back to the slow cooker with coconut milk. Replace lid and continue to cook for another 15 minutes or so until everything is heated through again.

Add fresh lime juice and cilantro and serve with a wedge of lime. Enjoy!!

*  *I usually open this can and freeze all but what I need or store in a jar in the fridge. Sometimes I freeze individual peppers in an ice cube tray so it’s easy to pop one little chipotle into a recipe for punch.

 

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Twisted Turkey Veggie Curry*

Simple poached turkey or chicken is simmered in a delicious easy coconut curry sauce filled with colourful veggies.

Ingredients – poached turkey

1 Tbsp neutral vegetable  oil (I prefer safflower oil)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 lbs turkey breast meat (can use chicken), de-boned & skin removed. Cut turkey meat into palm sized pieces

1 carton chicken stock, salt free

 

Curry sauce:

1 Tbsp neutral vegetable oil

2 Tbsp Twisted Curry Seasoning Blend

1 medium onion, chopped

12 cherry tomatoes halved or 4 roma tomatoes coarsely chopped

1 can coconut milk

1 sweet potato peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes  (I recommend pre-cooking the sweet potato in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes first, to get to the finish line faster. )

handful fresh green beans, 1 inch slices

 

Method, Turkey:

In a stockpot or dutch oven, heat oil and sauté onion & garlic until soft… a few minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add the turkey; return to boil then reduce heat to simmer, and poach for 15 minutes. When turkey is cooked through, remove from heat and shred turkey with your fingers or two forks.

Method, Curry Sauce:

In a deep skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add Twisted Curry seasoning and sauté a few minutes until the fragrance is released and the spices have come alive. Add onion and tomatoes, stir a few more minutes until onion begins to soften and tomatoes have released some juice. Stir in shredded turkey and stir until well seasoned.  Add coconut milk, sweet potato and green beans and stir until everything is golden and lovely. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender and the meat has taken on the curry flavour.

Serve over chopped spinach for a delicious, satisfying, grain free meal OR serve over rice or with naan bread.

* This dish is Whole 30 compliant without rice or bread.

THROW IN ANY VEGETABLES YOU WANT! Use CHICKEN if you prefer… there are no rules 🙂 Really good on a cold and blustery night.

 

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Kickass Cowboy Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

 

Here’s a delicious way to enjoy our full bodied Kickass Cowboy Spice Blend. It’s also terrific in chili or on steak. Try it on your roast… really good.

Kickass Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe Card

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Vanilla Cranberry Scones

Oh my GOODNESS! These light and lovely scones are quick to make… even quicker to eat! I’ve taken a few of my favourite scone recipes from over the years and blended & tweaked them using my own favourite tricks and Twisted Gourmet sugars. You’re going to like these….

PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 degrees

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

3 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Vanilla Sugar plus 1 teaspoon

1 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Yukon Wild Cranberry Sugar

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter (chilled or frozen)

3/4 cups wild yukon low-bush cranberries (other berries can be used, of course)

1 egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract OR vanilla bean paste (I use President’s Choice Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste)

4-6 Tablespoons half-and-half cream plus 1 tsp

METHOD:

COMBINE flour,  Twisted Gourmet Vanilla Sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

ADD butter, either frozen & grated (my preference) or chilled & cut in with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

IN ANOTHER BOWL  toss wild cranberries with 1 tsp Twisted Gourmet Vanilla Sugar. Add berries to flour/butter mixture.

IN SMALL BOWL beat 1 egg. Add vanilla extract OR vanilla bean paste

ADD egg mixture and 4-6 tablespoons (as needed) of half & half cream to the flour/butter/berry mixture until the mixture is moist enough to pull away from the edges of the bowl.

TURN DOUGH ONTO LIGHTLY FLOURED SURFACE.  Knead gently 8-10 times. The berries will explode in a very dramatic fashion, staining the dough, your hands and work surface…. be ready (this is exactly when the doorbell will ring… happens every time)

Press or roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick. I prefer to make a long rectangle of dough, cutting it into small triangles. You can cut circles with a biscuit cutter, create one large circular scone which you slice into wedges before baking, whichever you prefer.

Lightly brush tops of scones with 1 tsp half-and-half. Sprinkle with Twisted Gourmet Wild Yukon Cranberry Sugar.

Bake 11-14 minutes until golden brown. Baking time will depend on size of scones.  Serve warm with butter for maximum yum.

 

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Southern Gentleman Pulled Pork

INGREDIENTS:
3 lbs pork picnic shoulder roast
1.5 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Southern Gentleman Spice Blend

1 medium sized yellow onion, chopped roughly
1-2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup hickory bbq sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 *chipotle pepper packed in adobo sauce (or 1 Tbsp **chipotle sauce)
1/4 – 1/3 cup water as needed

METHOD:

Add chopped onion & garlic to bottom of slow cooker.

Rinse pork roast & pat dry. Trim excess visible fat. Rub roast all over with Southern Gentleman spice blend. Place atop the chopped onion & garlic in crock pot.

In a small bowl, combine ketchup, bbq sauce, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce & *chipotle pepper or **sauce. Mix and pour over pork. Spread the sauce around to coat the pork thoroughly. Add a bit of water if needed to cover meat, stir in.

Cover crock pot with lid and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-9 hours. When meat is thoroughly tender, remove lid and turn heat to high.

Remove pork to platter from crockpot & shred using two forks. While shredding, stir sauce occasionally as it reduces a bit. Add shredded pork back to crock pot and stir to thoroughly mix with sauce.

Serve on fresh buns with grated sharp cheddar and an ice cold beer, use in tacos or create a next level breakfast burrito!

*I use one stewed chipotle from a small can of chipotles in Adobo sauce. I freeze the rest in small containers and use them as I need them.

**I use La Costena canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (OR President’s Choice chipotle sauce).

pork shoulder   pulled pork potion     pulled pork sandwich pulled pork sandwich

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Twisted 7 Sticky Drumsticks

 

Ingredients

1/s cup honey, warmed

1 teaspoon Twisted 7 Asian Spice Blend

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce (I used sodium reduced)

16 chicken drumsticks (skin on or removed as you prefer)

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Green onions, for garnish

Method: Preheat oven to 400

Combine all ingredients except drumsticks & sesame seeds.

Marinate chicken for 2 hours. Remove chicken from marinade and reserve the marinade for basting. Place chicken in a single layer in a casserole dish lined with parchment paper; baste with reserved marinade and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 40 minutes, basting again after 20 minutes.

Serves 6-8

Twisted 7 sticky drumsticks ingredients    twisted 7 sticky drumsticks pic

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Crispy Skillet Potatoes

Good good good! Make this attractive and tasty potato dish for brunch, or as a side with dinner. Use your imagination, add in whatever appeals to you.

 

Preheat oven to 375

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2 as a side dish)

2 scrubbed medium red potatoes

2 tsp Twisted Gourmet Wild Yukon Sage & Cranberry Poultry Blend

butter (1/4 cup)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

 

METHOD:

Using a spiralizer, spiral cut potatoes into a bowl. Blot with paper towel to remove as much water as you can. (if you don’t have a spiralizer, grate the spuds and blot dry)

In an oven-proof saucepan, melt butter. Saute onion & celery until beginning to soften. Add seasoning blend and potato spirals. Saute all ingredients together for a few minutes, until potatoes have begun to cook and are well coated with butter and seasoning blend.

Place pan uncovered in oven. Allow to bake for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are golden and crispy on the edges.

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Twisted 7 Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

7 spice maple roasted squash

7 spice roasted maple butternut squash

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Southern Gentleman Roasted Chicken Breasts

SG chicken

Southern Gentleman Spice Blend is my top seller, and for good reason. This terrific mixture is full of flavour, complex and delicious. There are lots of ways to use Southern Gentleman, but one of my favourites follows:

Ingredients:

6 Bone in skinless chicken breasts (of course you can use boneless, skin on, chicken thighs, chicken legs, wings, a whole chicken…)

1-2 tbsp Safflower oil (I use President’s Choice Organic…any neutral flavoured oil will do)

1/4 cup Twisted Gourmet Southern Gentleman Spice Blend

 

Method 1: High tech… seriously (not!)

Preheat oven to 375

Add oil to roasting pan, casserole dish, whatever you plan to use for the chicken.

Sprinkle Southern Gentleman Spice Rub over the oil in the pan.

Mush chicken around in the oil/spice mixture ’til coated.

Turn breast side up and place in oven for 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear when poked.

Remove from oven, cover with foil for a few minutes to rest.

Bam.

You can get fancy and toss in a few wedged onions or carrots if you wish.

 

Method 2: You can also sear the chicken first on the stovetop if you wish  (this is a good method with skin ON breasts)

Heat the pan, add 1 tbsp oil to pan

Add 1-2 tbsp oil and the Twisted Gourmet Southern Gentleman spice mixture to a bowl, mush the chicken in the bowl ’til covered.

*Add chicken to pan, allowing room to turn pieces.

Sear, breast side down. let sizzle for several minutes without turning; get a nice crust on the chicken then turn it once you can easily slice a flipper under the meat.

Cover & toss it in the oven to finish for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear.

southern gentleman roast chicken You can also use your favourite Roasted Chicken recipe with this delicious spice blend… rub it all over, and inside the cavity then roast as you ordinarily would. Perfect!

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