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Chicken Picatta

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
seasoned flour
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

  1. Lightly pound chicken breast and then dredge in seasoned flour.
  2. Heat the oil in a saute pan. Cook the chicken until golden brown.
  3. Remove from pan, add shallots and garlic and cook until translucent.
  4. De-glaze pan with wine. Add chicken stock, parsley, capers, and lemon juice.
  5. 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.
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Citrus Steamed Mussels

Alright, alright we know – this is the fifth mussel recipe we have posted. The Chef thinks this is a problem but I, as a person who used to buy the same pair of shoes in 3 different colors, thinks it’s just dandy. Good is good no matter how many different ways you use the same ingredient, and the Brantley-Grosshans crew said these were not just good but awesome.

Contrary to our usual M.O., this recipe has no cream and is pretty light stuff, so let it never be said we don’t give you idiots who want to be healthy some choices.

5 lbs of mussels
2 shallots, minced
4 leeks, diced small
1/2 bottle of white wine
5 garlic cloves, sliced
3 oranges, (2 zested, 1 sliced)
3 lemons (2 zested, 1 sliced)
3 limes (2 zested, 1 sliced)
1 tablespoon of oil
few sprigs of thyme
3 tablespoons of butter

  1. Heat a big pot on medium high heat and add oil.  Add leeks, shallots, and garlic. Cook until caramelized and then add thyme.
  2. Add mussels and citrus slices. Add wine, turn heat to high and cover.
  3. Once mussels are all open, remove with slotted spoon and cover with foil.
  4. Remove citrus slices. Add butter to sauce, zest and citrus juice.  Serve up. Crusty bread of course.

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Curry Chicken Salad

Continuing chicken week…my curry chicken salad recipe is all by taste, but here are a few guidelines and steps. Feel free to change up the measurements. I roast a whole chicken for this recipe. I have made this on several occasions, and every time I get rave reviews. They are served in mini croissants or with crackers as a dip. I tend to have this on hand when guests stay over as a snack . -ts

1 roasted whole chicken (or you can cook 3 chicken breasts skin on, bone in)
Olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups mayo (to taste)
1/3 cup dry white wine (to taste)
curry powder (to taste) generous amount
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 large stalks)
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions) ½+ lemon juice
almonds (optional)

  1. Remove cooked chicken meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred chicken. I just use my hands.
  2. For the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, curry powder, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl and whisk together.  
  3. Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add wine for moisture. I say add no matter what! Add the celery, scallions, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Combine with nuts before serving.

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Ina’s Roast Chicken

I am currently skiing out in Utah this week for vacation.  I decided there should be some sort of related theme to my postings while I am out.  I decided it will be chicken (comfort foods) and après ski (mainly drinks).  Enjoy!
Everyone should have a basic roast chicken recipe.  There is nothing easier or better than a whole roasted chicken.  That is a FACT!  Most recipes are similar, but Ina’s roast chicken recipe is so easy and turns out perfect every time.  There are dozens of varieties you can add to this; I encourage you to explore.   I use this recipe to cook the chicken in my Curry Chicken Salad. -ts

1 (3 1/2 lb) roasting chicken (4 to 5 lbs roast for 1hr 15min)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
1 whole head garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
Good olive oil
2 Spanish onions, peeled and thickly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine (good)
1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove and discard the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.) Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.
  3. Roast the chicken for about 1 hour, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan.
  4. Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens. Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.

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Mushroom Risotto

After many trials at different risotto methods and recipes, I have finally found the one.  This is based off of my favorite leading lady in the kitchen (other then Julia) Lidia Bastianich’s Basic Risotto recipe.  This recipe is so good.  I use the leftovers and make Risotto balls, creamy and cheesy meets deep-fried, yes please!  You just dredge them in a batter and fry.  I add more cheese in the middle of the balls.  – ts

1 package hot chicken stock (preferably homemade, it will change the whole experience of this dish)
3 tablespoon olive oil- enough to sauté onions, leeks, and mushrooms (add more during cooking process if needed)
1 medium yellow onion minced
1 medium leek, white parts only, trimmed, cleaned and chopped
4 to 6 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts chopped separately
12 ounce mixed mushrooms
2 cup Arborio rice
1/3 cup dry white wine or red wine (good wine please)
Salt
zest and juice of 1 lemon
handful of herbs (thyme or rosemary will work)
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Pour the stock into a 2-quart saucepan and keep it hot over low heat.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot (dutch oven) medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the leek and the white parts of the scallions and cook, stirring, until the onion is golden, about 6 minutes. Adjust the heat under the pan as the onion browns so that it cooks slowly with gentle bubbling.
  3. Add the mushrooms along with salt and pepper for seasonings, add herbs, lemon zest and juice of half a lemon.  Let sauté for about 7 mins.
  4. Stir in the rice and continue stirring until the grains are coated with oil and toasted (the edges will become translucent), 1 to 2 minute.  Toasting your rice is very important so don’t skip out on this step!  
  5. Pour in the wine and let it boil, stirring the rice, until evaporated.
  6.  Season the rice lightly with salt and ladle enough of the hot stock into the pan to barely cover the rice. Bring to a boil, lower the heat so the stock is at a lively simmer. Cook, stirring constantly, until all the stock has been absorbed and you can see the bottom of the pan when you stir.
  7. Continue cooking, pouring in the remaining hot stock in small batches–each addition should be just enough to completely moisten the rice–and cook until each batch of stock has been absorbed. Stir constantly until the rice mixture is creamy but al dente. This will take anywhere from 15-30 minutes from the time the wine was added. Make sure to taste the rice during the process to test for doneness.  When in doubt, undercook–risotto continues to cook, even after it is removed from the heat. 
  8. Towards end of cooking process, taste for additional seasons of salt and lemon juice.  I like everything lemony so I add the rest of the lemon juice.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat; stir in the butter and green parts of the scallion until the butter is completely melted. Stir in half the grated cheese. Taste the risotto and add salt, if necessary, and pepper. Top with freshly grated cheese.

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Mussel Paella

Clearly I will need to try out the Chef’s mussel recipe STAT with Sake naturally to get rowdy. Here is my mussel recipe which incorporates rice in the dish. I serve with a baguette and mesclun salad on side. Unlike RipleyPickles, I am a nerd and tend to photograph my food, see attached picture. -ts

1 large onion
minced 4 stalks lemongrass
white part only, finely minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups sushi rice
1 cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock
2 pounds PEI mussels, scrubbed
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped, for garnish
1 lemon, wedged
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Olive oil to cook

  1. Lightly coat a large paella pan (dutch oven or large pot will work too) over medium-high heat with olive oil and add onion, lemongrass and garlic and sauté until soft
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Add rice and sauté, coating thoroughly with the aromatics.
  3. Deglaze with white wine and reduce by half; add stock and season.
  4. Stir the rice, check again for flavor.
  5. Add the mussels, stir again, cover and simmer on low heat, about 25 minutes until rice is cooked through.
  6. Discard any unopened mussels.
  7. Squeeze some lemon juice. Serve family style in pan, garnished with chopped parsley and lemon wedges.

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Runyan’s Butternut Squash, Sausage & Sage Pasta Sauce

Runyan has decided to step up and represent the Mid-Atlantic region with this nummy-looking sauce. I believe this is the first offensive move by the easterly part of the U.S. in what promises to be a coastal recipe war. Pitts, you are on notice.

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1″ cubes
3 sweet or spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
1/2 teaspoon sage (I used dried, use more if using fresh)
1 half pint heavy cream
1 cup fontina cheese shredded
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 shallot chopped
1/2 cup white wine

  1. Brown sausage in pan, crumbling it up as it cooks. When mostly cooked but not all the way, remove from pan. Leave the grease unless there is too much.
  2. Add shallot and cook for 2 minutes before adding garlic, butternut squash, and salt and pepper. Stir.
  3. Add half cup white wine and put on lid. Cook/steam on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Check to see if the squash is soft; if not, cook a bit longer. When squash is soft, add sausage and sage.
  5. Add cream and reduce heat way down to simmer. Check for salt and pepper but keep in mind that cheese is going in next. When cream is warm, add cheese and mix well.
  6. Serve with long pasta or short.  When pasta is done, drain and add to warm sauce cooking for an additional 30 seconds.

I love the direction “serve with long pasta or short.” Runyan’s giving you culinary freedom, y’all. Respect.

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