Recipe: Comfort Food Made Simple

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With just three ingredients, the experts at Schnucks Cooks have crafted an easy-to-make dish that plates up perfectly.


One taste of these flaky, delicious creations, and you wont believe they only take half an hour from oven to table. In this quick and savory recipe, warm, buttery puff pastry shells envelop a rich and creamy chicken and wild rice filling. Keep these three easy-to-find ingredients on hand at all times for a home-cooked meal at a moments notice.

Chicken & Wild Rice Puffs
(Serves 6)
What You Need:
2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen puff pastry shells
1 container (24 oz.) Chefs Express cream of chicken with wild rice soup
1 package (8.8 oz.) precooked white rice
What to Do:
1. Preheat oven to 400F. On cookie sheet, prepare puff pastry shells as label directs. Transfer shells to wire rack to cool.
2. Remove top from puff pastry shells; scoop out soft pastry in center of shells to make room for filling. Heat rice as label directs. In 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine soup and rice and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Place 2 shells on each of 6 dinner plates. Divide soup mixture between pastry shells to serve.

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{ Perfect Pairings }

Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay
This vibrant Chardonnay, made with organic grapes harvested using sustainable practices, has an initial flavor profile of buttery creaminess, which is a great complement to the rich flavors in this dish. On the finish, however, fruit flavors of pear, pineapple and lemon lend a vibrant tartness and a bright, clean minerality to cleanse the palate and ready it for another savory bite ($8.88/750ml bottle through 4/30/10, available at Schnucks).

Fetzer Vineyards Valley Oaks Chardonnay
For a slightly different take on Chardonnay that pairs as beautifully with this chicken and puffed pastry meal, try Fetzers 2008 vintage. Medium-bodied and fruit-forward, Fetzers earth-friendly Chardonnay offers aromas of mango, banana and ripe kiwi alongside notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemongrass and a hint of clove. The wines lingering cre?me frai?che notes balance, but never overshadow, this meals satisfying cream and butter flavors ($10.88/1.5L bottle through 4/30/10, available at Schnucks).



Perfect Pairing

Bonterra Vinyards Chardonnay


Chicken and Rice Puffs


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