Food and Wine

How to Solve your “What’s for Dinner” Woes?

When asked for an easy idea for busy women who still need to eat and don’t want to eat out, Paula Lambert, cheese expert, cookbook author and chef, didn’t hesitate for an answer.

“I think the easiest idea is to buy a rotisserie is at your local grocery store. Of course, there are certain restaurants that have “superior” rotisserie chickens and you could buy one of those instead.

From that one chicken you can create many meal choices. I usually begin by just having a drumstick or wing for lunch or dinner with a little salad. But don’t throw away the bones. Refrigerate and save the bones and skin to use for making chicken stock when the bird is consumed.

You can slice the breast for chicken sandwiches. You can cut the breast and thighs into pieces to make chicken salad by adding chopped celery, chopped hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise. You can make chicken quesadillas by using shredded or chopped meat and placing it between two tortillas with a few roasted peppers and some cheese. You can make chicken tetrazzini by tossing chopped chicken with cooked pasta and dressing the pasta with olives, red peppers, then drizzling with olive oil or a little cream. You can use the meat that is left on the bones when you boil the whole chicken carcass with a few vegetables like celery and onion to make homemade chicken soup to which you can add rice or pasta.

I think you’ve got the idea by now, Just buy a rotisserie chicken and start experimenting with the things in all those jars that are stored in your refrigerator. You’ll be surprised how easy and delicious your creations will be.”

Who knew you could do so much with a single rotisserie chicken? For more great ideas, recipes and fabulous cheese, visit www.mozzco.com.



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