As RipleyPickles mentioned, fall is in the air. Down here in NOLA that means it is a cool high 80’s/low 90’s, so I think a nice comfort chicken dish is needed. Provencal Chicken has all the right ingredients- shallots, butter, wine, rosemary, and garlic. Unless you serve this chicken raw, it is impossible to ruin. This is easy, delicious, and will impress any dinner guests. This recipe comes from Pierre Franey’s “Cooking In France.”
Chef’s note: the secret to making this the perfect chicken dish is cooking the chicken skin-side down for at least ten minutes. The crispiness is key. As always, using homemade chicken broth changes a dish completely and is highly recommended. -ts
3-4 pound chicken cut in pieces (ask your butcher to chop it) or use 2 pound chicken pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/2 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
- Season chicken pieces on both sides liberally with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat in heavy skillet large enough to hold pieces comfortably until butter foam has subsided. Add chicken pieces skin-side down and cook undisturbed until skin is crisp and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Turn chicken pieces over and add garlic and rosemary to skillet. Continue to cook for 10 more minutes.
- Remove chicken to rest and carefully remove all but a few tablespoons of fat from skillet. Add shallots and cook for 30 seconds, then add wine and chicken broth. Scrape up pan juices from surface and reduce sauce by half
- Return chicken pieces to pan skin-side up and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through. Add remaining tablespoon of butter to skillet to finish sauce. Serve chicken immediately with sauce draped around it.
This recipe comes to us from Mr. Justin Pitts, Esq. of Malibu, California, so you know this shiz be fancy.
I have yet to try this, but I think we all recognize that bubbly cheese=fatty goodness about 98% of the time.
(The other 2% of the time is made up of randomly scarring incidents such as the time I saw a cheese-and-mayonnaise sandwich that was left out on the picnic table for 2 days in kindergarten. This girl Amanda used to trade me her Kraft-single-and-mayo sammys for my boring turkey ones because my mom wouldn’t make them for me. Dot said they provided no nutritional value… which is ironic, because she also used to let me eat whole sticks of butter. But I only parent a small dog who eats olives and pickles on the regular, so what do I know.)
Anyway, bubbly cheese + fresh herbs + a cast iron skillet should be enough to melt any Southerner’s heart, so we’re glad to see Pitts hasn’t let SoCal fancify all the good sense out of him. Now let’s get melty:
1.5 lbs Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind cut off, 1-in dice
1/4 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 baguette, sliced and toasted
- Put the cheese cubes in a 12 Inch cast iron skillet. Drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the garlic and herbs all around and season with salt and pepper.
- Put under broiler 5 inches from the heat for about 6-7 minutes until bubbly and starting to brown.
- Dip the bread in it and devour.
I love RipleyPickles’ enthusiasm for this blog as well as her love for any challenge or FB call out even if it means failing a class. We both have been slow to post due to a rough NOLA weekend. Hopefully we will be back in action next week. For now here is a great dessert recipe that is seriously the easiest thing to make and will impress all who eat it. I am terrible at baking, yet for some reason refuse to quit trying to learn how to bake (very unfortunate for my tester Chef John). One of these days I know I will get that secret touch, but for now my go to desserts are bake free. ENJOY! –ts
This makes a thin, but very tasty and perfect lemony layer. If you want more filling, feel free to double the recipe.
David Lebovitz’s note: If you use Meyer lemons, reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup. Any filling that you don’t use can be spread on toast, fresh biscuits, or scones.
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
grated zest of one lemon
1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted, cut into bits
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
One pre-baked 9-inch tart shell – As mentioned I am not a baker so feel free to use your favorite recipe or frozen
- Preheat the oven to 350F (180C.)
- In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the lemon juice, zest, sugar, and butter. Have a mesh strainer nearby.
- In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and the yolks.
- When the butter is melted, whisk some of the warm lemon mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly, to warm them. Scrape the warmed eggs back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and almost begins to bubble around the edges.
- Pour the lemon curd though a strainer directly into the pre-baked tart shell, scraping with a rubber spatula to press it through.
- Smooth the top of the tart and pop it in the oven for five minutes, just to set the curd.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle fresh berries over top, stick in refrigerator or in a cool spot and let cool before slicing and serving.
The Chef made this a few nights ago out of the Beef Broth
he created last week, and it was a clean, brothy version
of the classic. Topping this with some cracked black pepper and french bread that has been toasted with gruyere
or provolone on top will make you feel positively French. But not in the stinky beret-wearing way.
6 sweet yellow onions, thinly sliced
tablespoon of olive oil
4 cups of beef broth
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of brandy
salt and pepper to taste
- Cook onions in olive oil over medium low heat in a large Dutch oven for about one hour. You want the onions to be very caramelized so be patient.
- Once caramelized, add brandy. Cook until brandy evaporates.
- Add broth and thyme. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with melted gruyere or provolone cheese and croutons. As usual, this is even better the day after.
Head to the store, pick up produce that looks good and create a recipe. That was my plan for last night, and since spring is in the air (70 degrees in NYC today you better believe I am inappropriately showing leg at work!) and the veggies are looking fine, it was an easy task. I grabbed some swiss chard, onions, herbs, and boomers; mix it with cheese, cream, egg, and bacon and dinner is served! I am calling this a “tart” because that sounds much more modern than quiche even though it basically is a quiche. I served this with a Kale Salad. This recipe is pretty close to Liz’s but with some extra nummy-ness.–ts
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Handful rosemary chopped
4-6 ounces bacon (about 8 slices) chopped
1 bundle Swiss chard chopped ribs removed
Large handful mushrooms
1 large onion chopped
1 heaping cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to season
4-6 ounces gruyère cheese, grated (I filled a bowls worth of grated cheese)
1 deep tart shell, pre-baked in a 9-inch pan
- Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Cook bacon in large pan, remove from pan and set aside, also reserve bacon grease.
- In same pan add some bacon grease, sauté and fry the shallots until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Then add a little more bacon grease and sauté onions and rosemary on low-medium heat for about 5-7 minutes. Then add mushrooms and sauté for another 8 minutes or so. Add swiss chard and cook until wilted (about 5 minutes). Season everything with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile beat the eggs together with the cream. Season with salt and pepper.
- Combine sautéed veggies with almost all of the cheese.
- Add a little shredded cheese to bottom of the tart shell, then fill it with all the vegetable mixture, and pour over the cream mixture. Bake until the tart has set, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Serve at room temperature.
The Chef told me “this should have been the first recipe to go on the blog. It’s stupid good.” This got me to thinking about which recipe was actually
the first, and it should come as a surprise to no one
that it was Fat Girl Special Dip
from the resident FG herself. How classy!
I think we can all agree that we’ve dialed up the taste-level here in the last few months, and that is thanks in no small part to all of our wonderful contributors
. JR, the latest to finally give up the goods*, has got a recipe here that appears to be both simple and
sophisticated. In my experience brandy and whipping cream make everything crazy succulent (see Barrett’s Sauteed Shroom Sauce
for proof), so I have no doubt this is as fantastic as The Chef says.
Besides, a girl can’t live on hot sausage and cream cheese alone… Well I guess she could, but it would probably be a lonely, brief existence that ended in heart disease and/or mauling by house cats. And nobody wants that.
4 beef tenderloin steaks (about 2-3 inches thick)
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp of dijon mustard
2 tsp of Worcestershire
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup whipping cream
salt and pepper
- Season steaks with salt and pepper.
- Melt butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook steaks 5 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Remove steaks to plate to rest.
- Add mustard and Worcestershire to skillet. (If you wanted to add ‘shrooms here, I’d support you in that effort.) Season with pepper and and stir to combine. Remove skillet from heat.
- Add brandy and ignite. When flame dies, return skillet to heat.
- Add cream and boil for 2 mintues until reduced to a thin sauce. Pour over steaks to serve.
Serve these up with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dinner is served.
*It should be noted that The Chef stole this recipe from JR’s cookbook under the guise of visiting sweet Holly Hays yesterday. Let it never be said that Barrett doesn’t have a diabolical side. Especially when recipe-warfare is involved.
Despite his tendency to explain things in such extreme detail that it makes me want to watch E! and read People magazine for 24-hours straight just to give my brain a rest, Alton Brown knows his shiz. This recipe was taken from his and was salty, rich deliciousness. The Chef is usually not a fan of olives, but tapenade made him a believer, so try it on for size if you’re a skeptic.
1/2 pound pitted mixed olives*
2 anchovy fillets, rinsed**
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons capers
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- Thoroughly rinse the olives in cool water.
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes a coarse paste, approximately 1 to 2 minutes total. (I processed less because I like it to keep a sturdier texture. That is the weirdest phrase I’ve typed in a while.) Transfer to a bowl and serve with homemade crostini or pita bread – it needs a bready texture to soak up the saltiness, so purchase accordingly.
*I’d suggest 1/3 each of green, black and something funky like kalamata.
**Just pull them out of the can and go with it. Over-thinking is bad as far as these weird but nummy little thingies go.
Well everyone, it’s that time of year again – The Gras. No, not the shirtless-Stephen-Graw variety, but the Mardi Gras. In its honor, the Nums have decided to hit you with some quintessentially Nawlins seafood recipes. This is one that Dot has pulled out many times, and it’s so buttery and satisfying that we know you won’t be disappointed. (Come to think of it, someone may have said that about The Shirtless Graw before, but that’s neither here nor there…)
This recipe originally hails from the much-regaled Heart & Soul Junior League cookbook under the name “Baked Shrimp Douglas,” but that frankly sounds too proper for a day that’s characterized by beads and boobs, so we took it down to plain ole English. Laissez le bon temps roulez! (I know that’s French and therefore a bizarre choice to follow-up a sentence about “plain ole English,” but I may have had too many Hurricanes, so don’t you judge me.)
2 lbs fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine all ingredients and place in 13x9x2 baking dish.
- Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
- Serve in ramekins with Caesar salad and crusty French bread for dipping. This sauce is fatty-goodness gold, so you’ll want to be able to sop up every bite.
I have never tasted this one, but I love mushrooms and The Chef billed this recipe as “insane.” I’m assuming he means “insanely good” rather than Charlie Sheen insane, however I would totally enjoy it either way.
BTdubs, “ragout” just means “main dish stew.” The French always manage to make things sound so complicated.
1 cup shallots, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp olive oil
2 8 oz pkgs sliced baby portabello mushrooms (you can use button also if you prefer)
2 3.5 oz pkgs fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
1 ⁄2 cup port wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 ⁄4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4 tbsp butter
11⁄2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
3 ⁄4 tsp salt
1 ⁄2 tsp pepper
freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
- Sauté shallots and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes.
- Increase heat to medium-high, add mushrooms, and cook, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes.
- Stir in broth and next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Serve over Creamy Polenta with shaved Parmesan cheese. Garnish with thyme sprigs if desired.