January 7th, 2014 08:20:00 pm
Tortilla Soup can be made quickly and easily, even if our chicken is still frozen! You don't need a crockpot and hours of time if you use your Titanium Cookware pot to prepare the entire meal from frozen to delicious in less than an hour. Here I have 4 organic chicken breasts, frozen. I simply pre-heated my Titanium Pot at medium heat. Then I removed them from the wrapping, and put them in my pot and put the lid on. I maintained medium/to medium low heat. Roughly 20 minutes later, I have nicely cooked, moist chicken, ready to be layered on a salad, thrown into a soup, or thrown into your favorite pasta dish.
But here, I am going to use it to make Tortilla Soup, in the same pot.
The chicken is moist and piping hot.
If you put it with tongs onto your wooden cutting board, and use your knife like this, you can mince it for the soup without ever having to handle the hot chicken.
I chopped it up reasonably small so that it works well in the soup. Now take a look at the pot. Clean! So you can just proceed with making your soup, no scrubbing the cooked chicken out of the bottom.
Next minced up fresh garlic cloves. It just doesn't compare to a bottle or spice. You must indulge in the fresh cloves in my opinion. And saute them lightly in butter. The smell is heavenly and brings everyone running to see what is on the stovetop!
While that is sauteing gently in the butter, you need to add the key ingredients to your pot and start the soup. Add the chopped/shredded chicken. Then the chicken broth and the Stewed Tomatoes. Then one cup or so of your favorite Salsa. Spicy or mild, whatever you like. Then the Cumin.
Next chop up fresh cilantro. Mine is from my garden and we like a lot. I reserve back a small bowl full so we can add some fresh atop the soup when we serve it. Now that the garlic is sauteed, add it to the pot of soup as well.
Put the lid on the Titanium Pot and let it simmer gently... for an hour or as long as you wish. It is nice to prepare in advance and let it simmer on the stove. The house fills with the smell, and when your guests arrive, or your family drifts in for dinner, you are ready to serve. To prepare to serve, I like to set out some bowls of the following ingredients, and encourage people to follow this path as they dish up their serving. Grated cheese in the bottom of the bowl. Ladel of Tortilla Soup. Dollop of sour cream. Tortilla Chips tucked around the edges. A little extra fresh cilantro. And finished with a squeeze of fresh lime. And, if you are really feeling indulgent, I love to add a slice of avocado on top!
This Tortilla Soup is both Quick and Easy. Don't call for pizza if your chicken is frozen. Your Titanium Pot can defrost and cook it quickly while keeping all of the moisture and flavor locked in!
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