Monday, 9 June 2014

Chicken Casserole - from vintage Pressure Cooking book

While browsing though some old books, I found this second-hand (vintage) book and there are some really funny recipes in it.  The book was first published in 1948, when pressure cookers first came out, and they must have seemed magic!
There is a recipe in the book for something called "Matelote" which requires 1lb.liver or whale meat! - (not normally found too easily in Waitrose!)

Here's a fairly simple (and normal) Chicken Casserole recipe: (4-6 servings)

1 jointed chicken
3 skinned, deseeded and chopped tomatoes
12 pickling onions - whole
1 clove of crushed garlic
salt and pepper, seasoned flour
1 oz. margerine 
1/4lb. mushrooms
1/2 cup of white wine and 1/2 cup of water

1. Toss the chicken in seasoned flour
2. Melt the fat in cooker and fry the chicken joints until golden brown.
3. Add the mushrooms and brown slightly, the add the tomatoes, onions, garlic, liquids, and pressure cook for 20 mins.
4. Reduce the pressure with cold water and serve.

If you dont own a pressure cooker any more - (I dont) - just fry over the ingredients and either slow cook or bake in oven until done - - - serve with mashed potatoes.  
I would also substitute the margerine for either butter, sunflower or olive oil.

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