One Pot Chicken with Pears & Turnips

Tired of winter vegetables yet? There is only so much you can do with butternut squash, carrots, potatoes and kale. I’d love to have a fresh tomato right now… In February I begin to long for the diversity that summer will bring.

Until then, we have to make do with what’s in season. For the February edition of the Local Eats Project, I got creative with turnips and pears in a one-pot meal.

The broth, wine, onions and garlic all cook down to the most flavorful sauce. Good broth is the secret to making or breaking this meal. Check out this recipe if you’re new to the broth world.

The vegetables in this dish are interchangeable so try apples, carrots, rutabagas or any type of potato. Everything in the pot soaks up the flavor of the sauce.

Here are the farmer market ingredients I took home:
6 chicken thighs         $11.50    ($5.75 per lb)
2 pears                         $01.80    ($1.50 per lb)
2 turnips                     $02.08   ($2.00 per lb)
2 medium onions     $02.65    ($3 per lb)
1 bulb garlic               $00.10    ($10 per lb)

TOTAL $18.13 (to serve 4 people)

I’d love to see your Local Eats Project recipes! Post the recipe, photos and cost of your meal on your website or any social media site and share the love of local food. #localeatsproject

Enjoy!

One Pot Chicken with Pears & TurnipsOne Pot Chicken with Pears & TurnipsOne Pot Chicken with Pears & Turnips

One Pot Chicken with Pears & Turnips
Serves 4
Crispy chicken cooked down into an onion, garlic wine sauce with pears and turnips.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp lard
  2. 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  3. 1 ½ tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp black pepper
  5. 1 ½ cups onion - chopped
  6. 1 cup turnip - sliced
  7. 3 tbsp garlic - minced
  8. 2 pears - sliced
  9. 1 cup chicken broth
  10. 1 cup water
  11. ⅓ cup dry white wine
  12. 1 tsp dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Season chicken with 1 tsp each of salt and pepper.
  3. Melt lard in a dutch oven over medium heat. Cook the chicken skin side down until just crispy, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Sauté onion, turnip and garlic in the same pot for 3 minutes. Sprinkle in ½ teaspoon salt. Add pear, broth, water, wine and rosemary and bring to a boil.
  5. Place the chicken, skin side up, on top of vegetables. Cover pot and cook in the oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Chicken will read 165°F when done.
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One Pot Chicken with Pears & TurnipsOne Pot Chicken with Pears & Turnips

 

Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine

This salad recipe is part of Selva Beat’s Farm to Table Challenge. The rules: “Make at least one dish, utilizing only items bought at the farmer’s market. Spices and oils excluded, of course.” 

And that’s exactly what I did. You can read more here about how I sourced the freshest produce at the farmers market and check out all the other fabulous recipes here

Fresh Garlic

Leeks

Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine

Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine

Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine

Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine
Serves 4
Fresh steamed mussels in a reduced white wine, garlic-leek broth.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds mussels
  2. 3 tablespoons butter or duck fat
  3. 2 cups leeks - chopped - 3 leeks (white parts only, finely chopped)
  4. 3 tbsp garlic - minced
  5. ½ cup water
  6. 1 ½ cups white wine
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. ½ tsp white pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash the mussels in cool water, removing any exterior dirt. You can remove the stringy mussel beards too by rubbing away with your fingers.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Sauté the leeks for 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the garlic, water, wine, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the mussels to the pot, cover and steam for 10 minutes. Give everything a stir half-way through cooking.
  6. When all the mussels have opened, they are done. Season with more salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine

Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad

This salad recipe is part of Selva Beat’s Farm to Table Challenge. The rules: “Make at least one dish, utilizing only items bought at the farmer’s market. Spices and oils excluded, of course.” 

And that’s exactly what I did. You can read more here about how I sourced the freshest produce at the farmers market and check out all the other fabulous recipes here

Fresh Peaches

Fresh Basil

Heirloom Tomatoes

Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad
Serves 2
Fresh heirloom tomatoes and seasonal peaches pair perfectly with a little sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heirloom tomatoes - sliced
  2. 2 fresh peaches - sliced
  3. handful of fresh basil
  4. ¼ tsp salt
  5. ¼ tsp white pepper
  6. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Layer the tomatoes and peaches, alternating between the two.
  2. Sprinkle with basil leaves, salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over everything.
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Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad

Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad