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The first time I made this, or something like it, I was struggling for a dinner.  I had nothing planned and little time.  So yes, it was pretty much like every night for me.  So I just threw a bunch of ingredients into a casserole dish and threw it into the oven. 

And Baker Man came into the kitchen and asks me what I am making.  And I respond…”Chicken…and stuff”. And then a little later we sit down to eat and after his first few bites he says “So what is this?  Beef stew but with chicken?”  And I look at him and ask “do you like it?” to which he responds “yea”.  So I say “sure, it’s beef stew but with chicken”. 

And so I call this Fake Chicken Stew – because that is what Baker Man thought he was eating. 

Anyhow, to make it, you cut up some potatoes, and chicken, and veggies.  I used onion and green pepper which are staples in our house.  Carrots and celery are good too.  That kind of stuff goes in stew right? 

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Dump all of that into a casserole dish.  And you pour half a bottle of zesty Italian dressing over it.  And that is how I made it the first time.  The second time, I added a can of diced tomatoes and pre-cooked the chicken on the stove-top.    

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And you cook it for 20 minutes at 400 degrees (or until the chicken is cooked through).  I pulled the dish out occasionally to stir everything up and make sure the Italian dressing was coating all of the other ingredients. 

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And there you have it, a one dish meal.  That tastes like yummy stew according to Baker Man. 

Fake Chicken Stew

INGREDIENTS
2 Chicken breasts, cut into cubes
2 to 3 potatoes sliced thin
Veggies of choice, chopped
   Bell Pepper
   Carrots
   Celery
   Onion
   Etc.
Can of Diced Tomatoes (optional)
1/2 Bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing

Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish.  Cook at 400 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

Chicken can be pre-cooked stove top to reduce oven time.  If you do this, do not cook chicken fully.  Start the cooking then put them in with the rest of the ingredients and cook in over for 10 – 15 minutes.  This time should complete the chicken and allow the potatoes to cook.

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A neighbor gave me this recipe several months ago. I don’t really cook with a lot of pork – I mean aside from bacon. I guess I should say I don’t do a lot with pork roasts, or tenderloin, or chops. I just really don’t know what to do with them to make them taste good. So I was hesitant about this recipe. But everyone raved about it so I figured I would give it a try. I’ve made a few changes but nothing major.

First, you get your sauce going. In a medium saucepan, melt a half stick of butter. To the melted butter, add half of an onion chopped and 3 minced cloves of garlic. Give it all a good stir and let the onion and garlic start to cook just a little. Next add Half of a cup of orange liqueur, half a cup of white wine, and a pint of heave cream. Grand Marnier is the first orange liqueur that comes to mind but there are cheaper alternatives out there that work just as well. I usually go cheap. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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You have to let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes. Which is perfect, because that is just about as long as it takes to prep everything else. You can buy pork chops or cutlets in the store or you can buy a pork tenderloin and make your own cutlets. To do that, cut the tenderloin into slices 2 inches thick. Then flatten them a little with a mallet.

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I had about 5 pounds of pork here. Also, I have used a pork roast with this recipe, and it wasn’t quite as good. Here is an area that I would suggest paying a little extra for the tenderloin.

Dip the cutlets in egg and coat with panko bread crumbs. I am addicted to panko bread crumbs . I LOVE how crispy they are!

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Once breaded, you are going to cook each side in a frying pan with hot oil for a minute or two on each side. You just want them to start browning, not cook all the way through. Once browned, place them in a casserole dish. I usually set the heat on high to get the oil heated but you may want to lower the heat once you start cooking so you don’t burn your pork.

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I had an assembly line of sorts going. I would coat a batch and get them into the oil, and then coat the next batch while the first was cooking.

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Don’t worry about stacking your cutlets if you have too many. Once you are done, pour your sauce over your pork cutlets.

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Cook at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes.

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These are pretty easy to make though they will take about an hour and a half to prepare from start to finish. So worth the wait. I would absolutely make this for guests – or perhaps Mom on Mother’s day?

Pork Tenderloin with Orange Liquor Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS
1/2 stick butter
1/2 onion diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup wine
pint of heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
5 lb pork tenderloin
3 eggs minced
1 box panko bread crumbs

PREPARATION
Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add onion and garlic to butter and stir.  Add liqueur, wine, cream, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir and let simmer for 30 minutes. 

Dump panko breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl.  Whisk eggs in another shallow bowl.  Heat a frying pan with a layer of oil.  Cut tenderloin into 2 inch slices/cutlets and flatten slightly with a mallet. Dip cutlets into egg then coat with the breadcrumbs.  Brown both sides of cutlets in the frying pan then place into a casserole dish. 

Once all cutlets are complete, pour sauce over cutlets.  Cook for 45 minutes at 400 degrees and serve.

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