Simple Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Caramelized Fennel and Onions Served Over Sourdough Dressing - A Sheet Pan with a Plan #Sponsored by @OXO

In the midst of holiday over indulgence, sometimes it's nice to sit down to a simple meal that won't leave you feeling guilty. Today we're partnering with OXO to bring you one of our favorites: roasted chicken leg quarters, served over sourdough dressing. We've paired it with some of our favorite fresh, seasonal vegetables—fennel and yellow onions, which have been lightly careamelized to perfection. It's the type of meal that will be on the table in under an hour, making it perfect for a busy week night or last minute guests. Added bonus: the dressing is a great way to use up that loaf of bread you bought, but forgot about (or the heels that no one ever eats.)

  DISCLOSURE:  Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Sheet Pan with a Plan Campaign, through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set of tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

DISCLOSURE: Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Sheet Pan with a Plan Campaign, through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set of tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

Chicken Leg Quarters
 

with Fennel and Onions


makes approximately 2 - 3 servings



 

Ingredients


1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 - 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
sea salt and pepper, to taste

2 - 3 chicken leg quarters
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
garlic sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

4 cups stale sourdough bread, torn into chunks
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced  
3 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3/4 cup chicken stock
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
 

Directions
 

 

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Slice the fennel and yellow onion into uniform pieces, brush with melted butter, then add sea salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables so the butter and seasonings are evenly distributed, then transfer the vegetables to one half of the baking sheet. You'll reserve the other half for the dressing and chicken.
  • In a large skillet add onion, celery, and butter. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, or until the celery is slightly tender. Add poultry seasoning, bread, and chicken stock, then mix until all of the liquid is incorporated. Do not add additional stock if you still have dry bread, the juices from the chicken will moisten the stuffing as it cooks.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, then mix everything together. Transfer the finished stuffing to the second half of the sheet pan.
  • Place the chicken leg quarters on top of the dressing, brush with melted butter, then season generously with smoked paprika, garlic sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, making sure to stir the onions and fennel several times through the cooking process to keep them from burning along the edges. Once the stuffing is slightly brown on the edges and the onions have caramelized, remove from the oven and check that the chicken has cooked throughly. You can use a quick-read thermometer to ensure that it has cooked to 165ºF, or poke with a fork and make sure that the juices run clear. If they're still pink, just pop the chicken back in the oven for a few more minutes.
     

Notes

 

If you have time you'll want to lay your bread out the night before making this recipe so it will have time to dry out. I'm lazy about planning, so I put mine on a baking sheet, then let it sit on the counter until I'm ready to use it. If you decide to make this recipe at the last minute you can always bake your bread for 10 - 20 minutes at 200ºF to help dry it out a little faster.

The amount of chicken stock you'll need can vary, so make sure to have extra on hand. If your stuffing comes out of the oven on the dry side you can always add a little bit of extra stock to moisten it up. 
 

  DISCLOSURE:  Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Sheet Pan with a Plan Campaign, through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set of tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

DISCLOSURE: Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Sheet Pan with a Plan Campaign, through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set of tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

Tools


To facilitate today's recipe OXO sent along a handful nifty kitchen items. Keep reading for more information on the tools featured in our post today and where you can purchase them.

Chef's Precision Digital Instant Read Thermometer: The Instant Read Thermometer provides quick, accurate measurements for cooked meat. The pivoting head allows reading temperature from any angle.  Purchase from Amazon or OXO

Silicone Roasting Rack - Elevates food above fat and liquid for healthier cooking and allows air to circulate around food for faster, more even roasting. Purchase from Amazon or OXO

Non-Stick Pro Half Sheet Jelly Roll Pan - Square-rolled edges add reinforcement for structure, strength and durability. Purchase from Amazon or OXO

Flavor Injector Inject marinades and other flavorings into meat for delicious flavor and juiciness. Two needles for thick and thin marinades store inside injector tube when not in use. Purchase from Amazon or OXO

Good Gravy Fat Separator (not pictured) - Easily separates the fat for healthier gravies, soups and sauces. Purchase from Amazon or OXO
 

Disclosure


Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Sheet Pan with a Plan Campaign. They have provided me with a set of tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

Chestnut Stuffing

I'm pretty sure numerous wars have been fought at the dinner table over which type of stuffing (or dressing) reins supreme and with so many varieties to choose from, it really isn't any surprise that my family frequently finds itself debating their various merits. Personally, I've always been a fan of my grandmother's mushy breadcrumb dressing, but mine never tastes quite as good as hers, so I decided it was time to start the painful process of coming up with my own recipe. I've spent years cycling through various styles—sausage stuffing, cornbread dressing, variations on bread stuffing—I've tried them all (well, except oyster stuffing since it would cause me to stop breathing forever... stupid shellfish allergy.) It took me roughly 6 years of rejecting recipes before I finally discovered chestnut dressing and I haven't tried another recipe since.

What I love is that this recipe has a fairly simple ingredient list made up of things I typically keep in the pantry, plus it's flexible and can be dressed up to suite a variety of tastes. I've added additional things like fennel, pancetta, or fresh herbs—just to change things up a bit, but it's perfectly tasty just as it's written. It's been served alongside deep-fried turkey, honey-roasted ham, and most recently whole roast duck. It's always the first thing to disappear from the table, so if you want to have leftovers you'll need to make a double batch.

Chestnut Stuffing | Not Starving Yet

 

Chestnut Stuffing
 

makes 6 - 8 servings

Ingredients

1lb loaf stale sourdough bread, torn into chunks
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 - 3 stalks celery, diced  
1 small shallot, finely diced
1 stick salted butter
1/2 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
13 ounce package peeled chestnuts, roughly chopped
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large skillet add onion, celery, shallots, and butter. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, or until the celery is tender. Add poultry seasoning, bread, and chicken stock, then mix until all of the liquid is incorporated. Add additional stock as necessary if you still have dry bread or want your stuffing to be more moist.
  • Chop or crumble the chestnuts, add salt and pepper to taste, then mix everything together.  Transfer the finished stuffing to a baking dish. Bake uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes or until the stuffing is slightly brown on top.

Notes

You'll want to lay your bread out several days before making this recipe so it will have time to dry out. I put mine on a cookie sheet, then let it sit in the oven for at least two days. If I need to use the oven I toss it on the counter while I'm cooking and put it back in the oven once it has cooled off. If you decide to make stuffing at the last minute you can always bake your bread for 20 - 30 minutes, then let it cool off before you tear it into chunks.

The amount of chicken stock you'll need can vary, so make sure to have extra on hand. If your stuffing comes out of the oven a little dry you can always add a little bit of extra stock to moisten it up a bit. Just remember not to add cool or room temperature liquid to a hot ceramic or glass baking dish as it can cause thermal shock. This will break your dish and render your stuffing inedible (because no one wants to accidentally munch on glass shards.)

Chestnuts can be hard to come by, if you can't find them at your local supermarket talk to someone in customer service and most times they'll be happy to order them for you. Otherwise, check out your local asian market, many of them carry chestnuts year around.

Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pepitas

Last year after the holidays I came across a great clearance deal—organic pumpkin was only $1 per can. I didn't know what I would do with it all, but I snapped up as much as possible since it didn't expire until sometime in 2017. Surely I could find a way to use 40 cans of pumpkin by then. It wasn't until a few weeks later I discovered that only half of my cans were actually pumpkin, the other half were pumpkin pie mix.

Talk about a major doh! moment.

I only make 1 pumpkin pie a year, what in the world was I going to do with 20 cans of pumpkin pie mix? I was pretty sure I couldn't be the only person on Earth to make this mistake, the cans for pumpkin and pumpkin pie mix look almost identical, so I turned to my trusty friend Google for answers. It turns out that there really aren't that many recipes out there that call for pumpkin pie mix.

I'm sure that comes as a total shock to you, doesn't it?

Not to be deterred I decided to follow someone's suggestion to make pumpkin bread out of it and it turned out fabulous. So, if you ever find yourself with a random can of pumpkin pie mix you now know what to do with it. Then again you could run out and buy one just to make this recipe—it's pretty tasty with a cup of chai or coffee.

Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pepitas

Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pepitas
makes 3 mini loaves
 

Ingredients


for the bread

½ cups white sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
15 ounce can pumpkin pie mix (not canned pumpkin)
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

optional

pumpkin pie spiced pepitas
 

Directions

 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl combine sugar, unsalted butter, eggs, and pumpkin pie mix. Mix until well-combined, then add all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir until the dry ingredients are throughly incorporated, pour into loaf pan, and top with pumpkin pie spiced pepitas.
  • Bake for 35 - 40 minutes in a preheated oven. Loaves are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes away clean.

Notes

 

Mini loaf pan sizes vary quite a bit, which means baking time will vary as well. I used 7"x2.5"x1.8" paper loaf pans for this recipe. If you use a different size pan or one made of metal you may need to adjust your baking time. 

Can't find paper loaf pans? You can purchase them on Amazon, but I found mine at Home Goods for a little bit less.

Disclosure


This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

 

Banana Split Bread

This recipe came about after someone somewhere posted a really tasty looking recipe for banana split pancakes. How did I make the leap from pancakes to bread you ask? Well that's simple, I forgot to save the recipe and couldn't for the life of me remember where I had seen it.

Talk about a major DOH moment.

This is the point where inspiration struck, I was standing in the kitchen contemplating what I was going to make for breakfast since it wasn't going to be a nice fluffy stack of banana split pancakes when I noticed that I had a bunch of brown bananas sitting there. Hmm... I'll just make banana bread, no wait, what about banana split bread?

Genius you say? Why yes I am!

When I first started developing this recipe I remember mentioning it to my taste tester, who looked at me oddly and said, I didn't realize Banana Split Bread was a thing. My response of course was something along the lines of, well it's not, but I'm going to make it a thing, the next best thing since sliced bread (insert groan here.) After weeks of hard work it is now a thing, a truly amazing thing, so I hope you try it out the next time you have a bunch of bananas starting to brown.

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Banana Split Bread
makes a single 1½ lb loaf or 4 mini loafs

Ingredients

¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature + extra for greasing pan
½ cup white sugar
1 egg
3-4 medium sized over ripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1t salt
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 8oz jar maraschino cherries, cut in half
1 8oz can pineapple tidbits, drained *see notes

Directions

 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease loaf pans with butter.

  • In a bowl cream together softened butter and sugar, then add egg and mix until well incorporated.

  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to wet ingredients.

  • Mash bananas, drain pineapple, dice cherries, and add to mixture. 

  • Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts, mix well before pouring into greased loaf pan.

  • Bake for 60 - 70 minutes for a full loaf or 35 - 40 minutes for mini loafs. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in to the center of the bread. If it comes out clean the bread is ready to be removed from the oven.

  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes:

If you are unable to fine pineapple tidbits you can also cut pineapple chunks into smaller pieces, but do not use crushed pineapple, it will affect the texture of the bread. 

Recipe Inspiration:

This is an altered version of my mother's banana bread recipe (which puts most banana bread recipes to shame, it's just that good.)