Karina’s Grown Up Chicken Cacciatore

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Cacciatore or Hunters Stew is a robust italian dish.  Made with fresh ingredients and with a few additions, this can be a sophisticated and yet simple dish to make in just a few steps. Or make on a Sunday and freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 skinless chicken thighs bone-in
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (more if needed )
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (or 8 cloves)
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper (capsicum), diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper (capsicum), diced medium
  • 1 large carrot peeled and sliced
  • 10 oz (300g) mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons each freshly chopped parsley and basil plus more to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 28 oz (820g) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 7 oz (200g) Roma tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

    • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
    • Heat oil in a heavy cast iron skillet. Fry the onion until transparent (about 3-4 minutes) then add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
    • Add the peppers, carrot, mushrooms and herbs; sauté for 5 minutes until vegetables are beginning to soften.
    • Add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden (occasionally mix the vegetables around the chicken in the pan so they don’t stick).
    • Pour in the wine; allow to simmer and reduce down (about 5-6 minutes).
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Roma tomatoes and chill flakes. Season with salt and pepper to your tastes.  Transfer the covered skillet to a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) and cook for 50 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 20 minutes until the chicken is tender and falling off the bone, and the sauce has reduced down.

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Homemade Chunky Ketchup (The Best)

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Below is the Catsup/Ketchup “go to” for canning. Its especially good on burgers, pork and chicken- I always add it to a charcuterie when we have some. It goes fast. But I also use this recipe as a kitchen sink- dont waste anything- recipe. We are at the end of the tomato season where I live so I made gallon of pasta sauce yesterday. But I still have field and Romas left along with the bottom of  jars of relishes that did not get used over the summer, including a great pepper relish (hot!)- its all getting thrown in to my batch today!! Try this catsup- you will not be sorry!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) pickling spices
  • 24 red tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 12 apples, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 6 onions, diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups (500 ml) white vinegar
  • 5 cups (1.25 litres) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) salt

PREPARATION

  1. Place the pickling spices in a tea ball or in a piece of cheesecloth
  2. In a large heavy pot, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer over medium heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into hot sterilized jars. Let cool and refrigerate