Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Happy Friday guys! Today’s recipe is Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole – seriously delicious and comforting one pot meal, just add some freshly baked (lots of it!) bread to it and serve it hot for a tasty heart-warming meal! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Honestly, I had about half of a bread loaf with this casserole and if I didn’t stop myself I would probably have had the other half too. ๐Ÿ™‚ This Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole is just screaming for a delicious bread to soak the tasty juices with. I don’t have such meals very often but now the weather has changed, I’m sure this will change too. I seriously need to improve my self-control skills and be able to stop after having a generous amount though. ๐Ÿ™‚ But try to look through my point of view – you get home after a long and exhausting day, haven’t had any food all day, froze yourself off at the park and finallyย  put the kids to bed and…see a pot with hot Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole and freshly baked bread! ๐Ÿ™‚ How could you not eat half a loaf of bread with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Well, this was my story (or something like that) about what happened with the Pumpkin & Chicken casserole. Everyone really enjoyed it too! No leftovers and no bread left either. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what’s in the casserole – Pumpkin, chicken, celery, Chorizo or any other red sausage and spices. As you can see – really simple, just a few ingredients but the taste is incredible. I can honestly say this has become one of our family’s favourite ‘Winter Warmer’ recipes, for sure.

Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Here’s how to make the Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken legs ( or you can get a whole chicken and cut it in 4)
  • 1 small pumpkin, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 Chorizo/red sausage, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4-5 black peppercorns
  • 1tsp allspice
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ยฐC.
  2. Heat a pan with some olive oil and cook the chicken for about 7-8 minutes on each side. Remove it from the pot and add the onion, garlic, celery, sausage, pumpkin and spices. Gently sweat for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock and about a pint of water. Put back the chicken legs. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes. If necessary, add more water.
  4. Place in the oven for an hour.
  5. Serve with freshly baked bread, if possible.
  6. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as we did. Stay tuned for more quick, easy & tasty recipes coming very soon! Meanwhile, I hope you have an amazing weekend with lots of tasty food! xx

Pumpkin & Chicken Casserole

Slow Cook Pork Stew with Dumplings

Happy Wednesday all! I have a very comforting and heart-warming Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings for you today! It’s exactly what we need in this weather ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll ย definitely make you feel better and warmer. And the best part are the all butter dumpling that are so buttery and so good soaking all the juices from the stew. Oh, and the second best part is that you actually make the stew in a slow cooker, so it’s very simple and straightforward. Seriously, if you don’t won one of these already, you definitely need to get one. It just makes your life easier and your food tastier ๐Ÿ™‚ All you need to do is to dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and just relax. Well, make sure to stir it from time to time though as it may burn (I know from experience).

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

It was the first time I used swede in a stew and to be honest, I was a bit sceptic about it, but as it happens most of the times, I loved it. I can’t believe I’ve neglected it and used it in salads mostly. Believe me, guys, it tastes amazing in stews, especially in a Slow Cooked Pork Stew ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d describe the tasteย as a mixture of pumpkin and sweet potato.

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

Oh, and a little info on a side, you might wonder what the yellowish colour is form? I didn’t use turmeric but I used a tiny bit of a seasoning I got from Spain. It turns out, it’s actually meant to add colour to the dishes, not really flavour. Well, it really added colour to the Pork Stew ๐Ÿ™‚

I used lots of other spices and herbs so this is like an explosion of flavours – there’s cumin, bay leaves, paprika, black pepper and nutmeg. This definitely made the dish so warming and simply delicious.

So, let’s get to the butter dumplings now ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m pretty sure, from now on, I’ll add these to all my stews. They turned out so soft and purely tasted like butter. And I loved the onion seeds I added all over themย (I’ve never used onion seeds before but saw them in my local store and decided to give them a go). Isn’t it great when you discover new ingredients and use them in your recipes? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

If you’d rather use beef, that is fine, depending on the cut though, it’ll much likely take more time to cook it. But doest it really matter when you use the slow cooker ๐Ÿ™‚

When I think about it, fish would be good too ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, there are many options, but I recommend trying this Pork Stew first. You won’t regret it, you might even love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Check below for ingredients and instructions to make this easy Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings.

Ingredients:

  • 500g pork, cut in chunks
  • 1 carrot, roughly cut
  • 1 swede, cut in pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil

For the dumplings:

  • 150g flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 125g cold butter
  • 2tbsp onion seed

Preparation:

  1. Simply combine all the stew ingredients in the slow cooker, add about 2 cups of water and cover. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  2. To make the dumplings – combine the ingredients with the cold butter and add some warm water in order to make a smooth dough. Shape up small balls and sprinkle onion seeds all over them.
  3. Add the dumplings to the stew and cook for another 40 minutes or until ready. Make sure to stir the stew so it won’t burn.