It’s been ages since we last had a food-related post here, and since it’s the season for trying out new things and stuffing our faces, I thought I’d share this amazing recipe with you guys. I mean, you really don’t want to be left out this summer, plus who doesn’t love good food? Definitely not me! You need to experimental, even with food, and what better way to do that than with Chef Nikki’s stuffed woven bread? This is one easy and quick recipe I can guarantee that you’ll love!
If you don’t already know, asides my obvious love for good food, my next motivation for cooking is HUNGER! yes HUNGER!. And I personally think left overs make the best meals.
Anyhoooo, lets talk about how this baby was created; basically, I was really hungry and extremely tired one uneventful Friday night and ordered a plate of food from Chicken Republic, the problem was that i didn’t realise I was more tired than hungry, so I basically never got around to eating the two pieces of chicken that came with my plate of food.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon, hunger struck yet again and I wasn’t about to let the only 2 proteins (fresh bacon and left over Chicken republic chicken) I had go to waste.
I basically tore apart the chicken and seasoned it because I’m sure we all know Chicken Republic only seasons the skin of their chicken. I poured all the chopped bacon on a baking tray and popped it in the oven, when it was partially done, I took out the tray and poured my seasoned chicken over the bacon, gave the bacon and chicken a little toss and put it back into the oven. I went ahead and made a simple spicy marinara sauce (I will try to put out my marinara sauce recipe in the near future). Lets get to it.
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- a pinch of salt
- Olive oil
- Bacon and Chicken (Cooked and Shredded)
- Mozzarella cheese (grated)
- Egg wash
- Marinara sauce.
Once you have the ingredients;
Start with the dough…
- Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- Activate the yeast by pouring the yeast and sugar over the cup of warm water.
- Let sit in a warm/dark place for a few minutes.
- Pour activated yeast in the bowl of flour+salt.
- Combine gently with finger tips until it comes together, then transfer to a clean work surface and knead for about 10 minutes (Use more olive oil and less flour if your dough is sticky).
- Transfer to a clean, well oiled bowl, cover and leave to rest/rise in a warm place for about 1 hour (or until dough doubles in size).
- Deflate and roll out dough to form a rectangle and use a sharp knife to cut “strips” on the left and right side.
- Spread a generous amount of sauce all over the middle of the dough. ps: if you cant make marinara, mix ketchup with some hot sauce, I recommend “Sriracha hot sauce”
- Pour your cooked left over proteins over the sauce and follow with a GENEROUS amount of grated mozzarella…. I believe there’s no such thing as too much cheese, so by all means, wild out!!!..
- At this point, it should look like this
11. Now, braid and brush the top of the dough with eggwash.
12. Bake for 20 minutes.
Make this for your loved ones, trust me.. they’ll love you even more. Save some for your haters too, they’ll become believers!
Try this one out! you won’t regret it… xoxoxoxox
I bet you’re having second thoughts on that leftover chicken right? Like she said ‘wild out’ and be creative with food and every other thing! Variety afterall is the spice of life.
Chef Nikki is an instructor at Red Dish Chronicles Culinary School , and she also blogs at Fatgirlwithin you should read her posts, mouth watering I tell you, plus she has amazing food photography skills!
You can check out her Instagram page here for everything spice and nice!
Would you be trying out this stuffed woven bread? Do you want to see more of this here? I would love to know!