Last month I spotlighted Women Like Us and today we have a guest post from the author, Jason Pomerance.
Over to you, Jason!
Anyway, so lots of cooking and eating in Women Like Us. It's a theme of the book, that gathering at the table for a meal can bring people together. At one point in the story, many of the characters are in need of some comfort food. I bet you know what I'm talking about -- you've had a bad day, or you're not feeling great, and you crave something delicious that's not complicated or fancy. Well, that dish, at that point in the novel is creamed chicken and peas, which is served on toast points. It's a great old-fashioned dish that's fallen out of favor, a sort of open-faced chicken pot pie, and who doesn't love those? Anyway, if you find yourself in need of something comforting for dinner, check this recipe out. And don't forget to check out the book!
Creamed Chicken And Peas On Toast
2 tbsps. butter
1/4 cup finely diced shallot or onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced carrots
2 tbsps. flour
1 cup chicken stock, home made or canned low-sodium
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and Fresh ground pepper
2 cups poached chicken, white or dark meat, or a combination, cut into cubes
1 cup petite peas, defrosted
8 slices firm white bread, crusts removed
Chopped Italian Parsley
1) In a 10 inch skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onions, celery and carrots and cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
2) Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes more. Add chicken stock and stir to blend, then add heavy cream. Bring to slow simmer, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer slowly, until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.
3) Meanwhile, toast the bread, then cut into triangles.
4) Add chicken and peas to sauce. Simmer a few minutes more until heated through, then spoon the mixture over the toast points. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.