Bringing in the Autumn Season with Karri Perry

Updated: Oct. 6, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDT
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Ingredients: French Bread- store bought or see recipe 2 chicken breasts-cooked and shredded BBQ Sauce-see recipe or store bought 1/4 cup red onion-diced 1/2 cup smoked cheddar cheese -grated 1/2 cup Monterey Jack shredded cheese 1 Tbs fresh parsley-chopped fine 3 Tbs Butter melted 1/2 tsp salt 2 garlic cloves minced 3 slices crisp bacon crumbled (optional) Directions: Preheat oven 375 degrees Slice French bread length wise. Place cut sides up on a foil lined baking sheet. Melt butter, add salt and minced garlic-stir. Drizzle the garlic-butter evenly between each pieces of bread. Pour 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce over the shredded-prepared chicken-Mix together to coat the chicken. Top the bread with a layer of the Monterey Jack cheese, add the BBQ chicken, add smoked cheddar, red onions, crispy bacon bits and parsley. Drizzle with additional 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce if desired. Bake in a 375 degree oven on middle rack for 12-17 minutes-until heated through and the cheese is melted. Slice and serve. Homemade BBQ Sauce 3 Tablespoons yellow onion diced finely 3 cloves garlic minced 1 1/2 cups ketchup 3/4 cup light brown sugar 2 Tbs Dijon mustard 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp Allspice 1 tsp paprika 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 3/4 cup cider vinegar 2 Tbs butter Over medium heat, melt butter, cook onion for 4 minutes until soft, add garlic. Turn heat to medium-low and add ketchup, sugar, spices, mustard, Worcestershire, and vinegar and stir well. Cook on low for at least one hour to thicken. Stir occasionally. Place leftover BBQ sauce covered in refrigerator for up to 10 days. Recipe for Homemade French Bread: In a stand mixer: Place 1 cup of lukewarm milk (2% or whole) AND 1 cup of lukewarm water (not hotter than 110 degrees--or it will kill the yeast) Add: 2 Tablespoons dry active yeast 2 Tablespoons softened butter 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons of oil (olive or vegetable) 3 teaspoons salt 5 cups all-purpose flour Let the yeast, liquids and sugar rest in the bowl and begin to activate for 10 minutes. Then add the butter oil, salt and the flour one cup at a time as the mixer is on low speed. When dough pulls away from the bowl, stop mixing, form into a ball, cover and let double in size for 1 hour. After 1 hour, punch down dough and let rest for 10 minutes. Form dough into 4 loaves on two-parchment lined baking sheets. Let the loaves of dough rise, covered for 40 minutes-1 hour. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven, on the lower middle and uper middle racks for 30 minutes or until golden. Rotate the baking sheets half way through the bake.