Another month for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! I’m always so excited to share with you the results of the challenge and each month it gets more and more fun (and creative). Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. You all ROCK!
As I type this, I have no idea what the other CIC chefs have been up to, but I do know this. I’m sure it’s amazing. So, what are the ingredients this month? ……<drum roll please>…….. Cranberries and Shallots!!
My brain immediately went into overdrive. There were so many ideas! I love cranberry and my feeling is that it’s not just for Thanksgiving time, it’s a staple of my diet. For this challenge, we could use cranberries in any form; canned, dried, fresh, you name it. I got wild and used two forms of cranberries to make a heavenly stuffed chicken breast that was sweet and savory at the same time.
Cranberry & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- 2 Medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to 1/4 inch thick)
- salt and pepper to taste
- poultry seasoning to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 Large shallots (chopped, divided)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (rough chopped)
- 4oz soft goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh marcielle basil (chopped)
- 1/2 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons white wine
Talk about good! I loved the sweet cranberries, the tart goat cheese and those shallots that gave the entire dish a magical boost of flavor. The sauce on top was good too. I think shallots and cranberries should be used together frequently.
To see past challenges and the creative recipes our chefs have come up with, click on over to my Crazy Ingredient Challenge Pinboard and look around. These ladies are amazing!!!
Do you want to up your kitchen adventure and be a part of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge? Ready to challenge your culinary mind? Shake it up a bit and have a new adventure in your kitchen in 2014. If you want to be a part of this group, you can request to join our Facebook page or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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