#933 Waukaway & Pollo Manchego.
by Erin Napier
2 fun and good things happened today.
1. It’s that time of year again—Waukaway Springs day for FUMC! Just like last year, mama came and I got in the water up to my shoulders, which is pretty good. I normally hate cold water, but when it’s 103 degrees out, it’s easy to make exceptions.
2. After swimming all afternoon, I was in the mood for a summery dinner out of the ordinary. I felt like cooking something unusual, and I’ve been craving Columbia Restaurant’s creamy, tangy Pollo Manchego ever since our trip to St. Augustine a few weeks ago. I’d never eaten Cuban or Spanish food and it changed me. I did some Googling and found the recipe for their Good Rice, but no luck on the chicken. I looked at their online menu and decided to just figure it out and make it up on my own based on the description… Tender, juicy all natural chicken breast, breaded with seasoned Cuban bread crumbs and grated Spanish Manchego cheese, sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil, cooked on a flat top griddle. Served with citrus sauce and “Good Rice.”
And it turned out exactly like it! Well, except I couldn’t find manchego cheese, but it tasted the same regardless because that’s not the magic ingredient even though it’s the name. So, would you like the recipe? I thought you might!
Columbia Restaurant’s Pollo Manchego
2 cups long grain white rice
32 oz. chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
1 chopped yellow onion
1 stick of light butter
1 or 2 tsp. salt
plain bread crumbs
Kroger zesty seasoning blend (it’s with the regular spices in the grocery store)
sun dried tomatoes (in a bag, where the raisins and prunes are in the grocery)
2 tbls. olive oil
1 jar of Ragu Classic alfredo sauce
Kraft Mexican 4-Cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!