Time to get fancy at NummyNumNum! I love chicken livers in all forms. Having moved to New Orleans, I am extremely lucky to have access to fried chicken liver poboys pretty much at every restaurant. I probably need to chill out on the NOLA eating as it is bikini season. Anyways, I love chicken livers, and a mousse version is always welcome in my recipe box. This recipe is so amazing and surprisingly easy. My good friend Chef Kim made this and gave away in cute mason jars for Christmas gifts. Chef John and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. Beware if you are cooking this in an apartment, your place is going to smell. Keep windows open! Serve with slices of bread or crackers and cornichons.-ts
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup Cognac or other brandy
6 oz chicken livers, trimmed (3/4 cup)
5 large egg yolks
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
Several bay leaves (only fresh; see note, below)
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook shallot in oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat and carefully add Cognac (use caution; if Cognac ignites, shake skillet), then boil until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Transfer to a blender and add livers and yolks, then purée until smooth. Add milk, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and allspice and blend until combined. Pour into crock, skimming off any foam.
- Put crock in a larger baking pan and bake in a water bath until mousse is just set and a small sharp knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, then remove from heat and let stand 3 minutes.
- Arrange bay leaves decoratively on top of mousse. Skim froth from butter, then spoon enough clarified butter over mousse to cover its surface, leaving milky solids in bottom of saucepan.
- Chill mousse completely, uncovered, about 4 hours. Bring to room temperature about 1 hour before serving.
The bay leaves are decorative, if fresh ones are unavailable no need for using dried.
NummyNumNum could obviously not survive without RipleyPickles and The Chef. I cannot remember the last time I posted something, and most likely my posts were not missed. I am back though! In great news about my life that everyone should care about, Chef John and I are leaving NYC and heading back down to my favorite city in the states New Orleans. Soon we are going to get real Cajun up in here. My new goal in life is to get John Besh to do a celeb posting on our blog. Trust me I will make this happen.
Today’s recipe is in honor of the upcoming best festival CINCO DE MAYO! Clearly nummy LOVES all Mexican feasts regardless of a holiday, and I thought I would post a great shredded chicken taco recipe that is real simple and does not take all day to cook. – ts
1 ½ lbs boneless chicken thighs
1 large white onion, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
2 bay leaves
1-2 chipotle pepper in sauce chopped (optional)
cilantro for garnish chopped
Salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and add water or stock to cover. Be generous with all seasonings. You could even throw in a package of taco seasoning in the mix if you prefer.
- Turn heat to high, bring to a boil, and skim any foam that comes to the surface. Partially cover and adjust heat so mixture simmers steadily. Cook until meat is very tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from liquid and cool. Leave liquid in pan.
- Shred meat with fingers. Add back to pan with liquid mix chicken with liquid to soak up more sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Sprinkle with cilantro.
I have been neglecting m’boy Wikipedia for a while now, and that stops here. The ‘pedia tells me that “picatta” just means “to be pounded flat” in Italian. And I like that.
Not only because these little suckers will fry up right nice because they are flat and even all over but also because you get to use that tiny little mallet to work out some of your aggression. That little hammer is somehow adorable and violent all at once, and I always imagine a furious little Leprechaun-lumberjack using it. And that clearly makes me happy.
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 oz of olive oil
2 teaspoons shallots, minced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
4 oz white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tsp of chopped parsley
2 tbsp capers
1 oz of lemon juice
2 tbsp butter
- Lightly pound chicken breast and then dredge in seasoned flour.
- Heat the oil in a saute pan. Cook the chicken until golden brown.
- Remove from pan, add shallots and garlic and cook until translucent.
- De-glaze pan with wine. Add chicken stock, parsley, capers, and lemon juice.
- Let it reduce for 2 minutes and then finish the sauce with butter. Salt and pepper it to taste and serve with your favorite pasta.
In keeping with the questionable titles of our recipes this week, (“Lava poop,” Nads? If that doesn’t whet your appetite, I guess nothing will.) we present you with a sticky sauce that is well worth the extra napkins.
I have not had the pleasure of trying this yet, but I’m a big fan of dark meat and cooking chicken on the bone because they both make the meat more flavorful. And the mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, honey and garlic sounds like a great riff on Asian food without requiring you to go full-Pet Store.
4-5 chicken thighs
sea salt and black pepper
3-4 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, halved
thyme, a few sprigs
sherry or red wine vinegar, splash
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
3 tbsp honey
1 lemon, finely sliced
splash of water or stock
- Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a saute pan to high heat. Add oil and brown chicken in skillet. Once browned, remove to plate.
- Add garlic and cook for 2 mintues over medium high heat.
- Add vinegar and cook down until reduced by half.
- Add soy sauce, honey, thyme, and water. Return chicken to pan, turning to coat with sauce. Add lemon slices, Cook until the sauce is syrupy, about 10 minutes.
- Once chicken is fully cooked, pull it out of the pan, plate and drizzle with sauce.
Serve up with some roasted red potatoes or Bacon Potato salad and some wet wipes. Because I’m sure this is much more fun if you eat it with your hands. Medieval Times anyone? Holla at the White Knight!
Top ‘o the afternoon to ya, Nummy, and a Happy St. Patty’s Day to all!
Did you think we at NNN had forsaken you on the most sacred of all holidays? Well, to be honest, we almost did. Between broken feet and bachelorette parties, green beer has been very low on the list of priorities today, and for that we are appropriately ashamed.
However, in the spirit of going green in the good way (you know, the way that doesn’t require you to start caring about the environment or driving around in a toy car and all that hippie nonsense), here is a recipe that is both simple and green. Jayne Thompson used to make this all the time when we were in middle school, and we would argue over LT’s lunch leftovers because this stuff is just as good cold as hot.
1 jar pesto sauce*
1 jar Italian dressing
2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 2-inch long strips
1 packages angel hair pasta (or any pasta of your choosing)
salt & pepper
- Marinate chicken breast in dressing overnight. (If you don’t have enough time for this step, just marinate as long as you can.)
- Saute chicken in the Italian dressing and drain. Set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add pesto, chicken, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with salad and crusty bread.
(Or refrigerate overnight and pack some in your lunchbox. It’s even better the next day, and you will definitely be the envy of everyone in the caf. Salty goodness.)
*If you are a purist, do not fret – we have a great pesto recipe coming soon. Ina Garten represent!
We at Nummy are always up for a good rub. C’mon now people, get your mind out of the gutter. This is a family blog. Most of the time.
Anyway, nothing’s simpler than mixing and sprinkling, and this blackening rub will ensure that your meat gets the classic Cajun kick you’re looking for. Great on chicken, fish, shrimp, steak – you name it. If you can cook it, you can blacken it, so go forth and get dark and dirty.
6 tablespoons of paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Makes about one cup.
Despite The Chef’s unfortunate aversion to making standard, run-of-the-mill soups, I whined enough to finally get him to make me some tortilla. And it was anything but standard. I even got his brother-in-law JR to back me up on the fabulosity of this, so maybe that will give me some leverage when I beg him to make it again.
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 can of chopped green chilies
2.5 cans of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp of chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 quart of chicken stock
3 cups of shredded cooked chicken
salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add all of veggies except tomatoes. Cook until soft and caramelized (this is the most important part of making this soup right).
- Then add tomatoes, stock, chili powder, and cumin. Simmer for about an hour.
- Then add chicken, heat through, and serve. Garnish with fried tortilla strips, chopped cilantro, a squirt of a lime, and sliced avocados.
I also dose this up with some shredded Mexi cheese, but that’s your judgment call to make. The Chef’s Mexican Crema would also be a welcome addition. This soup becomes even nummier after a few days, so make enough to munch on all week.