Chicken Alfredo in a Bread Bowl

I was looking for something fun to do over the weekend with my girlfriend, and we decided we would try out a few recipes. The specific ones are:
Chicken Alfredo

  • 4 slices bacon (We got a pound and ate a few, used the rest)
  • 1 3⁄4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3)
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon pepper (estimated)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (estimated)
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth (we used a bit more for more sauce)
  • 3⁄4 cup onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced (we used a garlic press)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1⁄2 cups parmesan cheese (we just guessed and shook it in)
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, freshly chopped (apparently that’s expensive)
  • 16 ounces fettuccine pasta (we used penne instead)

Bread Bowl

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons salt (estimated)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal (apparently it expired 6 years ago… Skipped that)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

These recipes were mostly just Googled, and we picked a few that seemed to be the most delicious looking.

Notes:

  • We used more bacon than it suggested, because who doesn’t like lots of bacon!
  • The cornmeal we had was expired…. 6 years ago…. so we skipped that. Turned out fine.
  • A few other spices were thrown in later.

Alright, let’s get started!
After a brief trip to the store, we end up with a few bags of ingredients, and are ready to begin.
We started with the bread recipe, since obviously you bake bread, and that takes a lot of time.
This involved adding a bunch of ingredients together, and mixing it a ton.

Then we had to knead the dough for what felt like forever (was actually around a half hour)

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Okay well I tried really hard to align this to the center, but couldn’t… Oh well.

All that kneading can get quite tiring, so of course have to have some drinks.
We tried out a few techniques, and watched a few YouTube videos to see if we were doing it right.

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This is one of the techniques we saw. Still can’t center align. Oh well

Once all that was done, it went back into the bowl, and into a warm place to rise.
The kitchen wasn’t warm enough since we were hot and turned the AC on. This windowsill in the other room was quite warm.
Lot’s of waiting around while it rises. At least there was a cat to pet! 😀
It just looks like a lump… But,
40 minutes later, it’s risen!!!
Back to the kitchen!
Yay our lump has become huge!
Now we make it into a nice ball, and use some oil to make it slick.
Next we make it into nice little balls. These turn into individual bread bowls later.

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That was also quite tiring, and more drinks were needed.


Alright time to stick these on the pan to rise again!

These pans though, they’re missing something.
Cornmeal is supposed to be sprinkled on the bottom to give it some more texture and flavor, but….

Yeah the cornmeal didn’t look safe… It was skipped. Still came out fine, no worries, but would be good for next time.

More rising!

Alright it’s time to actually get going on the chicken alfredo! (Finally – this is after like 2 hours)
Firstly, bacon!
This was just a randomly picked pack. Looked good enough. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Got our drying plate ready. Don’t need or want all that grease on them.
The first pieces!
A few more! 😀

Was a bit worried. The bacon wasn’t really letting off any grease yet, so they were sort of frying in nothing… Added a tiny bit of water though. Came out fine.

Looking good! 😀
The first pieces!!!

They were slightly overdone for my tastes, but that’s fine since they were going to be crumbled up anyways.
Future ones got better. This was my first time cooking bacon, so was a huge learning experience. 🙂

Here’s a couple more.
Almost done!
Last 3!
Done! 😀

Okay back to the breads! 😀

These look fairly risen.
Grabbing some of our egg whites to rub on top.
Looking good.
Shiny now!
Time to pop these in the oven!
Let’s clear off a new cutting board workspace thing.
Okay time to cut some chicken. Gross

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This is her first time cutting chicken, so I had to show her the ropes 🙂


Make sure to keep your fingertips facing inward when cutting.

This helps keep you safe from cutting your fingers off and having a bad day, not to mention ruining your chicken since now it’s covered in blood.

Cutting the chicken took a while, and the bread didn’t, so back to bread!

Yay it looks like actual bread!!!
They came out looking nice too!!!
One of course had to be torn into to make sure we didn’t entirely screw this up.

It tasted like real bread!
Very exciting.
We were thrilled that we didn’t screw this up along the way.
It would have been fine in the meal. If they got screwed up, we could just skip them,
but it was a relief to know that we didn’t screw it up, and they even came out pretty good 😀

Back to the bacon though, because now we need to work on the rest of the dish. The bread can cool.

Bacon is getting crumbled. These are a bit large, and get crumbled down more later.
Don’t forget the pasta!
Fried up the chicken a bit, made it all white, and then threw together the sauce!
Bacon is looking better now.
Chopping up some fresh parsley.
Peeling some fresh garlic.
Here’s some spices we added to give it some more flavor.
Pasta is ready, and almost time to go in.
Added the bacon
Added the parsley
Added the pasta, starting to look complete.

We were going to use the entire box, but it seemed that that would be too much, and it definitely would have been after evaluation at the end.
There was probably about 1/4th of the box left after. Maybe a 3rd.

Meanwhile, bread bowls are being hollowed out 😀
We filled 2 bowls with insides. They were good for dipping afterwards.
Yay a bunch of bread bowls! One was eaten because we were hungry and it tasted good.
Time to add some nice garnishing
Looking good!
The bread bowls were fairly small, so we decided to put some more chicken alfredo on the side next to it.
Not bad if I do say so myself!
Finishing off the meal with nice presentation!

So that’s about it for this meal. It was delicious, and everyone enjoyed it!

It did take forever to make though. We started working around 3pm and ended around 8pm.

It was well worth it though. We had tons of fun making it, and the result was amazing!

 

Bonus – Dessert!

Strawberry shortcake sounds like a great dessert!
A nice pretty little strawberry shortcake! 😀
Overdoing it a bit with the whipped cream on one of them 😛
Yum!

Bonus – Soup Tomorrow!

There was a couple left, so I put some Campbell’s chicken noodle soup in one. Not bad 🙂

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