Hello Again (Oh, and Chicken Canzano)

July 25, 2012

Hello Dear Readers!  I really haven’t forgotten about you.  I promise I haven’t.   I just haven’t had much going on in the kitchen lately so there hasn’t been much to share.  Work and family and just life have been incredibly busy and we’ve been lucky to get food on the table most nights.  There’s been a lot of takeout and a lot of quick old standbys that get eaten whenever or wherever we happen to be.  Things are settling down a little and I’m looking forward to getting back into the kitchen soon.

Here is one dish that we did enjoy.  From Mario Batali’s Molto Italiano cookbook, it’s what I did with his Pollo Canzanese recipe.  It was easy and quite tasty, especially when paired with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  I was in a hurry so I skipped the brining step.  I love brining but some nights just don’t have enough time.

  • Chicken Parts, your choice.  I had a combination of breasts and thighs but use your favorites.
  • Prosciutto, 4 or 5 thin slices, diced
  • Rosemary, a couple of sprigs
  • Sage, a couple of sprigs
  • Garlic, 3 or 4 cloves, sliced or coarsely chopped
  • Bay Leaves, 4
  • Cloves, 12 (I discovered I didn’t have a stash of whole cloves in the pantry so I substituted ground.)
  • Black Pepper, coarse ground or whole peppercorns, a handful
  • Salt to taste
  • Chiles, 1 or 2, whole
  • Dry Red Wine, about 1/2 a cup

Place the chicken in a large saute pan or dutch oven and add everything but the wine.

The recipe calls for 1/2 a cup of wine but I just poured enough to generously cover the bottom of the pan.  Cover and bring it to a simmer.

Cook, turning or stirring occasionally, for about 35 minutes.  Remove the lid and continue simmering until the sauce is reduced by about half.  Remove the bay leaves and maybe the chiles.

Remove the chicken to a platter and spoon the sauce over the top.

Pour yourself a glass of wine since you’ve already got it open, serve up the chicken and enjoy!

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1 Winnie July 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I can’t wait to try this. I used to go to Marios old restaurant PO. I loved his Spaghetti and clam sauce..oh my! I haven’t been cooking much, it is way to hot lately. I can’t wait for fall to turn on my oven!! Hubby wants me to bake bread..ha ha ha..Told him I am not turning on my oven to bake bread. I have a machine, but don’t care for that bread like i do in the oven.

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2 karenbove July 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

It is too hot to cook, isn’t it? And almost too hot to eat. Baking, especially bread, is something I want to master. A friend just gave me a copy of The Bread Bible and I’m determined to put it to good use.

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