Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What You Should Have Eaten #4

Prosciutto, Garlic, and Herb Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Tarragon Pan Sauce, Left-Over Smashed Potatoes, and Salad

I forgot to take photos of the recipes, so here are some links:

First off, the drink. It’s a Willem von Oranien: brandy, triple sec and orange bitters. I hope this isn’t an omen on the rest of the meal, because I threw this out and am now washing the taste out with a Yuengling Light Lager. I’d say the drink probably wouldn’t be all that bad except for the 2 tsp. of orange bitters. Man, that was awful. Thank God for beer, the ultimate palate cleanser.

I forgot to pick up a bottle of wine while grocery shopping yesterday. My dad, who I trust to answer all cooking questions, said to substitute dry vermouth, so that’s what I’ve done.

If you ever make this recipe, I recommend using wax paper for smooshing the chicken rather than a large Zip-Lock bag. It gets stuck to the inside of the bag.

The cheese I used, The Laughing Cow, was excellent. It came in ¾ oz. individually wrapped wedges that I was just able to plop right onto the chicken before wrapping it up.

I ended up loving this dish, but I understand why the kids didn't. There was a bite to it I could see being a bit off-putting to children. I think it might have been a combination of the prosciutto and vermouth. Having the wine definitely would have mellowed the taste a bit.

The pan sauce was good but unnecessary for the chicken. It was, however, wonderful on the potatoes.


Kate said...

That looks absolutely awesome. If I didn't have a severe thing about raw chicken I'd do it. Maybe I could turn it over to Jeff to do.

I love that Laughing Cow cheese. I get whole wheels of the lite stuff at a time (though it doesn't taste as good as the full fat.) It's nice on bagels (subbing for cream cheese) with some smoked salmon in the morning, or good on warm rolls.

Jeff's wandering towards the kitchen. He's twice asked me what was for dinner and I've twice told him I have no idea. I wonder if he's getting the picture.

Rob Rosenblatt said...

It was really good, even a day or two later. Since the kids rarely eat all of it, I usually have lunch for two days during the week.

Don't hint around. Tell him to fix you some dinner!

Kate said...

We ordered Thai takeaway. We have no coherent ingredients in the house (i.e., we could make pizzas on naan bread but we don't have enough cheese; we have pasta sauce but no pasta; makings for good kababs with leafy salad but the buffalo isn't thawed, etc. I could get creative if I tried but like I said, I really don't want to cook tonight.)