Monday was a super busy day. Chris and I both had lots of errands and stuff around the house to do. I had to tutor at 6:30 and didn’t even think about dinner until about 4:45 when I realized that Bitsy was going to want dinner at 5:30 and I had no plan!
For a few minutes I did the classic kitchen shuffle. Freezer..fridge…pantry…repeat. Waiting for inspiration to strike. We had been working hard all day, and it was a crisp early fall day. I wanted something hearty and delicious. But, I needed something that was relatively quick and didn’t make too much of a mess as I was going out shortly after dinner.
I remembered this amazing Ina Garten recipe I made when Chris and I were dating. It was so good but, as with many of Ina’s recipes, time consuming. It seemed to take HOURS the last time I made it and that just was not going to happen.
I threw together a bunch of stuff we had on hand and made a pretty darn good replica of Ina’s recipe in time for Bitsy’s dinner time at 5:30. I made it up as I went, so this is not super detailed but here is an approximation.
I did all of this in a deep skillet with a lid, starting on the stove and finishing off in the oven.
First off, preheat your oven to 375*.
Over medium heat, saute a chopped onion in olive oil and a little butter. While the onions are cooking, partially cook 1-2 potatoes in the microwave (the dish won’t cook long enough to cook them through if you put them in completely raw).
Add thin sliced carrots to the onions and cover so they soften.
We had a leftover roasted chicken on hand. I cut up everything that was left on it and added it to the skillet. We also had a ton of leftover veggies that I added. I did green beans, butternut squash and a little bit of corn. Peas would work well too, really whatever you have on hand. When the potatoes finished I rough chopped them into bite sized pieces and added them to the skillet.
Once all of the veggies were in the skillet, I added salt and pepper, skim milk, and some cornstarch to make a sort of gravy-sauce for everything. We didn’t have any gluten free gravy in the house, but if you do or if you don’t have to eat GF it would be even quicker to just add a little chicken gravy to the skillet.
I just let the whole thing simmer for a couple of minutes while I mixed up dumplings (or maybe they were biscuits?, I don’t know). Again, I didn’t measure here. But it was about 1.5c of GF flour (or regular if you’re not GF), 1 tsp baking powder, 2 tsps baking soda, an egg, 2 tbsps COLD butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in the KitchenAid until combined. I slowly added cold milk until it was the right consistency to form into balls. I made it into 5 balls that I smooshed a little bit and added to the skillet.
It was a HUGE hit! I was very pleasantly surprised. It was more than enough for the 3 of us plus lunches for Chris at work the next couple days. This may become a staple in our house!