Chicken & Bacon Hotpot

Chicken & Bacon Hotpot

It is my favourite time of the year, Autumn, the colours on the trees, the fresh crisp air, walks in the park, comfy jumpers and warming food. What’s not to like? After harvesting some of my vegetables from the garden today I decided to use them in this warming Hotpot. Nothing says home comfort food that a big pot a deliciousness & straight from the garden too.

The good thing with this recipe is that you can use just about any root vegetable and it will work just as good.

Some of my winter harvest this morning. Parsnips, Carrots & Potatoes

Makes enough for 2 large portions

4 Large Potatoes, cut into bite size pieces

2 Large carrots, cut into bite size pieces

2 Parsnips, peeled and cut into bite size pieces

1 Onion, sliced into wedges

6-8 Rashers of Smoked Bacon, sliced

2 Chicken Breasts, cut into chunks

500ml Chicken Stock

1 tsp oil

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 garlic clove, crushed

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cornflour to thicken sauce if needed.

1 tbsp flour

  1. First coat the chicken with seasoning and the flour, heat the oil in a large pot or casserole dish then brown the chicken and remove.
  2. Add in the garlic & nutmeg along with the onion and fry until softened then add the bacon and fry until cooked slightly, few minutes.
  3. Add to the pan the potatoes, carrots, parsnips and mix, then add in the chicken stock & bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce to a low simmer and cook covered for about 2 hours. Alternatively you can cook in the oven at 140 deg for about 2 hours.
  5. Remove lid and if you like a thick sauce like me just add a little cornflour and stir through. 1 tsp mixed with water should be enough.
  6. Serve with some lovely fresh crusty bread. Or if you are Scottish it has to be Plain Bread!

Autumn Seasonal Foods

autumn-fruit

September marks the end of summer berries, but there’s lots of other fruit like apples, plums, grapes, figs and pears. Pumpkin, squash, kale and leeks make their debut, lamb makes a comeback and it’s the start of the mussels season.

Fruit
Apples (Bramley) (coming into season)
Apricots (end of season)
Blackberries
Blueberries (end of season)
Grapes (short season to October)
Figs (coming into season)
Melon
Nectarines
Peaches (end of season)
Pears (coming into season)
Plums (coming into season)
Raspberries (end of season)
Tomatoes

Vegetables
Artichokes (globe)
Aubergines
Beetroot
Broad beans (in season until early Sep)
Broccoli
Butternut squash (coming into season)
Carrots
Celery
Celeriac (coming into season)
Courgettes
Cucumber (end of season)
Fennel
Kale (coming into season)
Leeks (coming into season)
Pak choi (end of season)
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes (maincrop)
Pumpkin (coming into season)
Rocket
Sweetcorn
Watercress

Meat
Duck (coming into season)
Goose (coming into season)
Lamb
Rabbit
Venison (coming into season)

Fish and seafood
Crab
Haddock
Mackerel
Mussels (coming into season)
Pollock (pollack)
Salmon
Sardines
Scallops
Tuna (until end Sep)