Sunday, December 06, 2009

Brazilian Chicken and Shrimp Soup in my Cuisinart

Humor me as I begin this post with a contented *sigh*.

I found not only a delicious recipe developed by Chef Hubert Keller, but a kitchen gadget by Cuisinart that makes my heart sing.

Have you seen or heard about Cuisinart's Rice Plus™ Multi-Cooker with Fuzzy Logic Technology?



If not, let me introduce you.  Cuisinart's Rice Plus™ Multi-Cooker with Fuzzy Logic Technology is a fancy schmancy rice cooker, and I mean that in the best possible way.   Basically, it's a rice cooker that is also a slow cooker and steamer.  And it has a built in brain.  It's fantastic.  Seriously.  I can steam rice, I can steam vegetables.  I can slow cook meat.  I can cook just about anything I want in it, even going as far as being able to saute the food first.

The best part is that the totally new and innovative "fuzzy logic" or brain housed in the appliance "senses fluctuations in cooking and automatically adjusts operation to ensure perfect results". 

The cooker has pre-programmed settings for six types of rice and did I mention that it's dishwasher safe?

Now.  About that soup I was telling you about.

Chef Hubert Keller  developed this soup recipe (and others as well) as a "one-pot meal that incorporates delectable and authentic flavors".    And it does.  It really is tastey, although if you have children that don't like onions, I'd omit them from the recipe or practically puree them so they don't know they are there.  One of the things I liked most about the recipe is that it gave me the opportunity to use different functions of my Cuisinart, so now I feel like a pro using it.

 
Brazilian Chicken and Shrimp Soup

A medley of aromatic spices, chicken and shrimp gives this hearty, Brazilian-inspired soup a burst of flavor; great as a one-pot meal.

Serves 8

5 chicken thighs, skinned
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 small)
1 cup diced green bell pepper (about 1 medium)
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted peanuts
1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 cups coconut milk
8 ounces raw shrimp (medium size), peeled and de-veined
10 ounces frozen peas
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice for serving

*Prepare rice using the long-grain directions on the cooking chart for Cuisinart’s Rice Plus™ Multi-Cooker. Rice can also be prepared the day before.

*Place the chicken in a medium mixing bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the lime juice and rub chicken with minced garlic. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

*In the cooking pot of the Cuisinart Rice Plus™ Multi-Cooker, add the olive oil. Set to Quick Cook and press start. Once the olive oil is hot, after about 3 minutes, add the onions and peppers and sauté for about 4 minutes until soft and fragrant.



*Stir in the canned tomatoes including juice, peanuts, jalapeno, bay leaves, salt, pepper, broth, and coconut milk. (Note: be sure to stir the coconut milk prior to pouring from can). Add the chicken and marinade and stir until well combined. Turn the unit off. Close the lid and select the Soup function and set the timer for 5 hours.


*15 minutes before the timer is done, rinse the shrimp well and pat dry. Place in a mixing bowl with the remaining lime juice and a pinch each of the salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 5 to 8 minutes; no longer or the acid of the juice will begin to cook the shrimp.

*Once there are 5 minutes remaining on the timer, open the lid and add the frozen peas and the shrimp, with the juices, and close again to finish cooking.

*Once the timer tone sounds, open the lid. Discard the bay leaves. Take out the whole chicken pieces and place on a cutting board. Remove the meat from the bone, cut into bite size pieces, and return to the pot. Stir in the cilantro to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.



*To serve, place some warm cooked rice (approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup depending on portion size) in the bottom of each soup bowl and ladle the soup on top. If desired, sprinkle with additional chopped cilantro and/or chopped peanuts.


If you are looking for a holiday gift idea, I'm thinking I just gave you a great one (idea, that is).  I'm just sayin'.  :)


Disclosure:  Cuisinart sent me the small kitchen appliance that I just honestly raved about for review.  They also sent me the recipe I shared with you above.

12 comments:

Frau said...

Thanks for the info and recipe. I have been looking all over Germany for a slow cooker, I miss my crockpot and they have ricer up the yin yang so I'm totally looking for this one! Merry Christmas to me!! Woot Woot!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Shell said...

I heart Hubert Keller. When he was on Top Chef Master, I just wanted to stick him in my pocket, he was that cute!

Hmmm...maybe that gadget should go on my Christmas list!

Debbie said...

Holy cow! I want one of those things.

Justine said...

Someone else did a post on this recently and now I covet it! And yum to that recipe!

Justine :o )

Amy said...

that sounds yummy..

Molly Doe said...

I covet your cuisinart.
and thank you for the recipe. I made the mistake of saying the name out loud, and since my husband spent two years in Brasil, I now have to make this soup.
Granted, I think I would have made it anyway, cuz it sounds seriously good.

Brenda said...

I'd love to see more pictures of this, it sounds like something I would like in my kitchen. Thanks for the idea!

Nicole said...

Now, here is the problem....I would eat the whole thing and my kids wouldnt even touch it. My husband? I dont know......

You really shouldnt have done a post about that thing! do you know what I would give for one of those?! LOL, thanks Angie, now I have one more craving for another kitchen gadget that I dont have space to store it in!!!!

gemini said...

great recipe, try it sometimes..hmmmmm...

Shannon said...

Sounds pretty awesome and yummy!

Lula! said...

Yes, I want that machine....
Yes, I want that soup.

But I'm lazy. Will you make it for me?

Also, in a kind of related note, I want to go to Brazil. With you.
The end.

Live.Love.Eat said...

This dish sounds right up my alley!!!!