The sauce is full of complex flavors, including fresh bay leaf, sweet citrus, and caramelized onions and garlic. The chicken falls off the bone and is perfect served over brown rice, with a simple salad. It would also be divine stuffed into a taco topped with guac and sour cream! If you want to take your slow cooking to the next level, keep reading for the recipe.
Posts for February 15th 2010
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lb escarole (preferably pale inner leaves), chopped (4 cups)
1/4 lb tender young mustard greens, trimmed and finely chopped (2 cups)
1/2 lb dandelion greens, tough stems discarded and leaves cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices (2 cups)
2 oz baby spinach (2 cups)
1 cup watercress sprigs, trimmed
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion
- Make dressing: Whisk together lemon juice, salt, and honey in a large salad bowl and add oil in a slow stream, whisking until blended.
- Make salad: Add salad ingredients to dressing and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
- Salads, Greens
12 large brined grape leaves, rinsed and stems trimmed
1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets, about 1 inch thick
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly oil a baking dish. On a work surface, overlap 3 of the grape leaves, vein side up, to create a 7- to 8-inch round. Repeat with the remaining grape leaves for a total of 4 rounds. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the olive oil into the center of each round; sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the thyme over all of the rounds. Season with salt and white pepper.
- Set the halibut on the seasoned oil and fold the grape leaves around the fish. Arrange the fish packets, seam side down, in the baking dish. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until the grape leaves are crisp and the fish is just cooked through.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the mustard and the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of thyme. Season the vinaigrette with salt and white pepper.
- Transfer the fish packets to a platter. Carefully peel back the grape leaves. Spoon the vinaigrette over the fish and serve hot or at room temperature.
Make Ahead: The fish can be kept at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Main Dishes, Fish
6 sheets phyllo dough
6 ounces smoked mozzarella, cut into 6 equal pieces
Vegetable oil, for frying
8 ounces dried figs, stemmed and quartered
3/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
3 teaspoons black sesame seeds
- In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.
- Place 1 sheet of phyllo on a dry work surface. Place one slice of cheese about 5 inches from the top of the narrow end of the sheet. Fold the top of the narrow end over the cheese, leaving 1 inch between the fold and the cheese. Next fold over 1 of the long sides then the other, again leaving 1-inch between the folds and the cheese. Then fold the cheese over, again leaving 1-inch between the fold and the cheese. Continue folding to make a package about 3 1/2 by 4-inches. Continue with the remaining pieces of cheese and phyllo.
- Fry the phyllo and cheese packages, 2 or 3 at a time, in the oil until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.
- Meanwhile, heat the figs and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is warm. Set aside until the cheese packages have finished frying.
- To serve, place 1 cheese package on a plate. Spoon some figs and drizzle some honey over the top of each cheese package. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and serve immediately.
- Appetizers, Cheesecake
2 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed
3 tablespoons ouzo
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
1 pound ground beef (85 percent lean)
1 large egg, plus 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
- Tear bread into bite-size pieces, and place in a small bowl. Add ouzo. Let stand for 10 minutes to soak. Squeeze excess liquid from bread. Transfer bread to a medium bowl.
- Cook onion in 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add onion to bowl with bread.
- Add ground beef to bowl, and break up with your hands. Stir in egg and yolks, capers, garlic, mint, oregano, and salt. Season with pepper. Knead mixture until well combined, then use a spoon to stir until smooth. With moistened hands, shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs, and place on a tray. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and cook meatballs in batches, about 12 at a time, turning until evenly browned, about 5 minutes. Add fresh oil as needed for each batch. (While you work, keep cooked meatballs warm on a rimmed baking sheet in a 200-degree oven.) Finely grate lemon over meatballs, and serve warm.
Makes about 50; Serves 6 to 8.
- Appetizers, Meats
1/2 cup instant polenta
1/4 pound pancetta, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 (14-ounces) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 pound cleaned large shrimp
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Cook polenta according to package instructions in a heavy medium saucepan until thickened and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt, then cover.
- Cook pancetta, garlic, and red pepper flakes in 2 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring, until garlic is pale golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add tomatoes with their juice and simmer until liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.
- Spoon polenta into shallow bowls and top with shrimp mixture. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil, season with pepper, and sprinkle with parsley.
- Main Dishes, Shellfish
- North American
Whole Chicken (about 4 pounds)
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup lime juice about 5 limes
1 fresh bay leaf
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- Brown the chicken. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken pieces in batches if necessary, skin side down and cook until golden brown on the bottom about 7 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook second side until lightly browned about 3 minutes. Transfer all browned chicken to slow cooker.
- Deglaze the pan. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon fat from the frying pan and return the pan to medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until just barely golden brown. Add garlic to the onions and saute for a couple more minutes until the onions are golden and the garlic is fragrant.
- Pour in orange and lime juices. Raise the heat to high, bring to a boil, and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up the browned bits on the pan bottom. Pour the contents of the pan over the chicken.
- Cook the chicken. Add the bay leaf and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook on high heat setting for 2 1/2 hours or low heat setting for 5 hours. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish. Season the sauce to taste with salt and generous amount of pepper. Spoon the onions and sauce over the chicken.
- Main Dishes, Poultry