When I first started this blog a few years ago, it was with the intent of showing how to get the most bang for your buck at the grocery store while still making some tasty meals.
Through the years I have veered away from those blogs although I do still practice those same methods.
Last night it occurred to me to share what I have been up to in the kitchen - making some pretty tasty meals for just a few bucks.
Let's start by saying, I am mad at Albertson's grocery store. It is the closest market to my house and their prices have gone through the roof. I try to avoid
going there unless it is to take advantage of one of their loss leaders that really is a good deal. They continually offer Buy One Get On Free - the problem is that they double the price - making people think they are getting a deal, when in fact they are
just buying twice as much!
This weeks 'deal' was whole chickens for .69 lb. Limit 4
These aren't my favorite brand of chicken but I bought 1 for $3.64.
I checked the price of broth and stock and a quart container of Chicken Stock was ON SALE for $3.95 - what the heck?
I came home and set to work to turn this cheap chicken into some delicious meals.
I simply roasted the chicken with some seasoning and an onion in the cavity.
Before dinner I carved the chicken off the bones and returned the roasting pan to the oven with the bones and an onion, a carrot and some chunked up celery.
One breast for NB Papa and a thigh for me, the rest of the chicken was bagged and put away.
That with a baked potato (which cooked at the same time as the chicken) some steamed carrots and a salad. It was an easy and pretty good dinner.
By the time dinner was done the bones were nicely roasted and I decided to use the Rapid Chicken Stock recipe to make some stock. This needed a picture so
I got brave and dug out the old pressure cooker. This is a good method, if you have a pressure cooker. If not just use your crock pot.
Strain the stock into a bowl and into the refrigerator to chill and allow the fat to separate overnight.
The next morning I skimmed the fat off the top and bottled almost 4 quarts of amazing looking stock.
Then I went in search of other recipes that needed a picture and found Chef John's Homemade Chicken Gravy. Perfect!
So now I had a quart of this amazing gravy.....what to make? Off I went in search of ideas and found One-Hundred-One Year Old Pastry Recipe. Perfect!
Chicken Pot Pie for dinner.
I made the pastry and set it in the refrigerator to chill while I chopped up some carrots, celery & onions for the pot pie. I sauteed those briefly - added
the leftover chicken and the chicken gravy - added a couple of leftover red red potatoes, cubed up and some frozen peas. Turn to low to just barely simmer. Rolled out the crust - filled, topped and into a 375 degree oven. Served with a salad on the side
and it was perfect comfort food.
There is plenty of Chicken Pot Pie leftover for lunches.
The one cheap chicken made two dinners - lunches for a couple of days and 4 quarts of stock plus real chicken gravy. Take that Albertson's!
The bonus is that a few more recipes now have a face.