Monday, September 14, 2009

Cold snap


Yippee! It looks like it going to be cool for one, maybe two days! A great reason to pop something in the oven, forget about it for awhile, then retrieve it. This Jamie Oliver recipe fits the bill perfectly.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Salt and pepper the desired amount of drumsticks and thighs. Place them in a baking dish which fits them snugly. Scatter a chiffonade of basil (a bunch, chopped fine), he recommends colorful cherry tomatoes, I find quartered regular tomatoes work just fine; add a head's worth of unpeeled garlic cloves, drizzle olive oil over the entire mixture and use your hands to spread things around. Bake for an hour to 90 minutes, until the chicken skin is crisp and the meat falling off the bone tender. You can also add baby potatoes, and a finely minced chile pepper.

My son, the gourmand, pops the garlic out of its skin casing and spreads it on his baguette.
This is a meal that four out of four people in my household actually enjoy. Like the cool weather, a small miracle.

17 comments:

  1. Ok. Now that our house is all about protein, I'm going to make this. I'm printing it right now.

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  2. Only two days of coolish weather. I better hurry and make this before it gets hot again.

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  3. Talk about jumping the gun, I bought all the ingredients for middle eastern lentil soup.

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  4. Your photo makes it look berry good. In fact, the shot almost looks like a pizza. Chicken & pizza...

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  5. I don't know what a chiffonade is but I can look it up. I feel empowered, because unless I need a blender for that chiffonade this baby looks easy.

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  6. Petrea: Just mince the basil;
    Thanks CO!
    s & AH--I know, I stopped myself from baking cookies.
    M & L--glad it sounds good!

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  7. I'm making this tonight. I'll let you know what happens.

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  8. Success! This recipe is so easy--just my style. The kind where you just throw everything in the pan and all the real work is done in the oven.

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  9. Petrea:
    So glad it was a success!

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  10. Lord that's good! I made it, and the only thing I'd change is limiting the serranos to three (I went overboard, and I don't seed), and increasing the tomatoes to maybe four or five (for some reason I did a stingy three). Oh, and I forgot all about the basil.

    Wow, it'll be even better next time.

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  11. Oh, I didn't put in any peppers. Forgot that. But that's okay, I'm not into hot foods so it worked out for me. Good recipe for varying how you like it.

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  12. JESUS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT'S LUNCH TIME, I CAN'T VISITE YOUR BLOG NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Chicken, like revenge, is a dish best served cold. This is even better after having been in the fridge for a couple of days.

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  14. Yee-haw--the meal that keeps on giving--always a bonus

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