Monday, November 25, 2013

Indifference: Sun Dried Tomato and Chicken Stew

Daryl, Tyreese, Michonne and Bob have been forced to continue their mission on foot after a disastrous run-in with a Mega Herd. They make their way to a gas station and express-mart where they're able to hot wire a car and finally begin to make up lost time.

Bob confesses to Daryl that he has battled alcoholism and is reassured that he is no longer alone. They reach the veterinary college at last and split up to collect their desperately needed supplies. Once they reunite, Bob directs them to take additional antibiotics.

A small group of Walkers takes notice and they're forced to climb out a window to escape with their precious packages. Bob nearly falls to his death, yet seems more concerned with protecting his knapsack. Daryl discovers a bottle of liquor within the bag and the two men nearly come to blows.

After their escape, they locate a minivan and plan their return route. As they leave, Michonne promises them that she will no longer leave the prison to hunt for the Governor.

The drive back would have been long and tedious, requiring stops to scavenge gasoline. Hershel would have seen to it that they had something to eat on the road.

Sun dried tomatoes and chicken stew is an intensely flavored dish, thanks to dried herbs, broth and the concentrated flavor of the sun dried tomatoes. It requires almost no attention; simply stir up the ingredients and allow to simmer.

If you can scavenge fresh onions, it will taste even better; but minced, dried onions will still be delicious. A few cans of chicken meat boost the already substantial protein content provided by the Cannellini beans. When  your group wants something tasty and special…but nobody has the time to slave over the campfire…pull out the ingredients for this stew and knock their socks off.

And when the dead rise; don't take apricots (or peaches) from strangers.

Sun Dried Tomato and Chicken Stew

2 cans chicken meat, drained
1 large onion, peeled and diced (or 2 Tbsp. Dried, Minced Onion)
1 jar oil-packed Sun Dried Tomatoes, drained well and sliced
1 can artichokes, drained, rinsed and chopped
2 cans Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 quart Vegetable or Chicken Stock
1/2 tsp dried Rosemary
2 Bay leaves
2 tsp Italian Seasoning

Kosher Sea Salt
Ground Black Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat or medium-hot campfire coals. Allow to come to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer gently (stirring every once in awhile to prevent sticking) for 1 hour. You may need to add additional liquid (water) if the mixture becomes too thick.

Taste for seasoning and add Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste. Serve hot. 

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