Some things are simple. The best are the things that bring family together. And a lot of the time, those things are edible.
Edible things definitely bring family together.
Food has been a common gathering place for families since…well…the invention of families. A long day of work, a warm cave, and a nice piece of woolly mammoth turning over the grill. What more could you ask for? I mean, aside from a can of “Sabertooth Tiger Be-Gone.”
In the spring and summer, those suckers really start biting.
Dinner has always been a time to be together and share the day's events. To regroup as a team and recognize who's there for you in the end.
You can sit, looking across the table at the ones you care about, and know that this is the place you're meant to be.
So – in hopes of bringing your family together – I thought I'd share a simple yet hardy way to get the job done. A chicken, sausage and rice casserole made in our very own grill from our sponsor, STOK.
- 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast we often use canned chicken for this, cooked and chopped
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp canola oil
- 1/4 lb kielbasa chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 green pepper finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 1/2 tsp concentrate chicken broth
- 1 tsp Tabasco
- Sauté onions, green peppers, and kielbasa together until peppers and onions are tender.
- Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer for 18-20 minutes (or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender).
The really great thing is this dish doesn't take a lot to make. Actually, it has very few dishes, especially when I use the STOK Gridiron grill and and cast-iron kettle insert. It's old-fashioned cooking and oh-so simple, so we can focus on time together.
A fire, a kettle, a dinner. That's all any family really needs.