There are some meals that you keep making because they are crowd-favorites. Other dishes you pull together because they are great in a pinch. But then there are some recipes that you prepare because they are special to you. Whether it’s a recipe handed down by your Great Great Grandmother, or a meal with sentimental value, these are the dishes that come with a story.
Tonight, Mike (that’s my husband 😉 ) and I made a meal that’s been around since our college days. It’s special to us because it’s the first meal we made together. Heavy on flavor, but light on the wallet, this Chicken and Broccoli Braid is a meal unto itself. Every time I cut into the crispy shell, and see the melted cheese and steamed broccoli glistening, it takes me back to my younger days.
Here’s what you’ll need for this hearty dish:
* 1 HT Dough Ball (On sale this week $1.00)
* 1 Bag HT Frozen Broccoli (On sale this week $1.00)
* 1 Bag squeezable Duke’s Mayonnaise (On sale this week $0.69)
* 1 Bag shredded cheese (I used some from a recent sale, but we have an e-VIC on Kraft this week)
* Flour (for dusting)
* 15 oz Chicken (I used three of the 17¢ canned chicken)
* 1 Egg (egg wash)
Preheat your oven to 375-degrees and put the bagged broccoli in the microwave according to instructions. While it’s cooking drain the canned chicken and place in a bowl. Once the broccoli is done chop it. I used my hand chopper but you can chop it with a knife if you like.
Next place your dough ball on a dusted flour surface and roll out. It doesn’t have to be perfect just a little elongated. Once its shaped use a pizza cutter and cut strips on each side. leaving it uncut in the middle.
Important, before you add the filler to your Dough Braid, transport it to your pizza stone, or stone baking dish. Once the Dough is in place, it’s time to add the filler.
Generously place it into the center of the dough, making sure to keep it on the flat, un-cut portion of the dough. Add the rest of the cheese before starting the braid. Because everything is better with more cheese, right? Then, start your braid at the bottom of the dough. Pulling opposite slits diagonally across from one another, you will form the braid and enclose the filler from bottom to top.
Finally, add an egg wash and put in the oven for 30 minutes, or until your Dough Braid is golden brown on top.
That’s it? See how yummy this looks?
Finally, cut into slices, serve, and enjoy! This deliciously memorable keepsake will fill you up, so hopefully your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach. I know mine were tonight!!!! This meal will easily serve 6 people.