Friday, February 25, 2011

Baked Cheesy Pumpkin, Chicken, Mussels & Rice with Bacon Bits

This is why I like dumping stuff into my oven.
Baked Rice with Pumpkin, Chicken, Bacon, Mussels & Cheese
Uh huh!

It all started with one leftover small Japanese pumpkin.
It'd be lonely in the oven, so I added a chicken leg fillet I had in my fridge.
Then I saw a pack of mussels, already defrosted.
Ah, join the fun please...
...and why stop there?
Some bits of bacon won't hurt, right?
Baked Pumpkin, Chicken, Bacon, Mussels & Cheese
- 1 small Japanese pumpkin, peeled, cut into similarly sized chunks
- 2 Chicken leg fillet with skin cut into 2 or 4 chunks (too bad I only had one, it wasn't enough)
- Some mussels (if you have fresh, still in shell, nice...but you gotta clean them. Mine aren't as nice but they were already clean, ready for dumping)
- 3 slices of bacon, cut into bits
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed, don't need to peel
- 4 shallot, peeled, cut into chunks
- Butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, rosemary
- Cooked rice
- Cheeses (I used grated mozzarella and parmesan)

Preheat oven to 250C while preparing ingredients. Place pumpkin chunks, chicken (skin side up), garlic, onion, and bacon bits in a baking dish. Add olive oil, dots of butter, salt, pepper and sugar (season generously), mix well with your hands until everything's coated with some oil and butter, and seasoned well. Bake until chicken skin's golden and pumpkin chunks are tender. Add mussels about 5 minutes before done.

This could already be a delicious dinner, but if you're mad like me (or you have some spare cheese to melt...), you can go further...
Baked Rice with Pumpkin, Chicken, Bacon, Mussels & Cheese
Butter a baking dish, or small pretty "le creuset inspired, made in China" individual baking dishes like me, add cooked rice, add various bits of the baked dish, top with cheese and bake until the cheeses melt and golden.

Baked Rice with Pumpkin, Chicken, Bacon, Mussels & Cheese
Uh huh! Uh huh!

Ahem, sorry for being pushy, obnoxious and shameless...but...
Remember my adorable son (as his mom, I am highly biased, but I think he is pretty cute)?
Batik Baby
He still needs more vote for Huggies HK photo contest.
If you haven't voted but you want to, here are the links:
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Thanks so so so so so muchhhh for your support and have a yummy weekend!


daphne said...

hehe, cheese makes it looks great!! mmm.. pumpkinnnnn

Alice said...

nyam nyam....
rit, marcus cute abis deh...
mirip kamu ya :)

Christine Wu said...

OMG. Everything but the kitchen sink? hahaha. I don't like Japanese pumpkin but roasted with a bit of sea salt, I'd eat the whole pan.

Pretty cute? HE'S SUPER CUTE! Already voted.

Joanne said...

Umm this is the best random ingredients thrown together casserole EVER.