Fool them once with a savoury crumble that looks just like apple. Fool them twice because there are parsnips and turnips in this dish – but the flavours are really mellow, so the kids won't complain. Serve with teacups of warm Beef Tea, otherwise known as beef broth.
- Portion size 6 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2008
- 2 lbs chicken thighs skinned
- 4 parsnips (1-1/4 lb/625 g)
- 2 turnips (12 oz/375 g)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 stalks celery diced
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons each cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons each all-purpose flour
- 3 cups fresh bread crumbs
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup butter melted
MethodIn Dutch oven, bring 4 cups (1 L) water to boil. Add chicken thighs; cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 35 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced. With slotted spoon, transfer chicken to plate; let cool. Remove meat from bones; thinly slice and set aside.
Crumble: Meanwhile, in bowl, combine bread crumbs, flour and Parmesan; drizzle with butter, pressing with fingertips to form small crumbs. Set aside.
Peel parsnips and turnips. Cut parsnips in half lengthwise; cut crosswise into slices. Quarter turnips; cut crosswise into slices.
Add parsnips and turnips to Dutch oven; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving stock; set vegetables aside.
Skim fat from surface of stock and add enough water to make 3-1/2 cups (875 mL) if necessary; set aside.
In same Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; fry onion, celery, salt, thyme and pepper, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until softened and light golden. Stir in reserved liquid, chicken and vegetables; bring to boil.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, flour and 1/3 cup (75 mL) cold water until smooth. Stir into chicken mixture; boil for 1 minute.
Scrape into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish; top with crumble. Bake on baking sheet in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 40 minutes or until topping is crisp and golden.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 761 mg
- Protein 28 g
- Calories 576.0
- Total fat 28 g
- Cholesterol 121 mg
- Saturated fat 15 g
- Total carbohydrate 54 g
- Iron 29.0
- Folate 65.0
- Calcium 16.0
- Vitamin A 20.0
- Vitamin C 40.0