Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lindsey & Julia (Doesn't Have Quite the Same Ring)

But that's alright with me... I can still make a mean Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons. (Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream)

Here's Julia's guide to a very delicious dish.

Event: Lindsey & Julia, Together at Last
Menu:Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons, Steamed Asparagus Stalks, Buttered New Potatoes with Parsley

For the Chicken and Mushrooms:
5 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced shallot
1/4 lb diced mushrooms
1/8 tsp salt
4 supremes (boneless skinless ckn breasts)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
big pinch white pepper  (I don't really like white pepper. In fact, I think it smells like feet. So I excused it from this recipe and used black pepper.)
4 MORE tbsp butter
1 piece of parchment or wax paper cut to the size of a large skillet or oven-proof casserole pan, buttered on one side

For the sauce:
1/4 c chicken stock (I did not make my own- YET!)
1/4 cup vermouth, you can also use Madeira or port
1 c whipping cream
salt and pepper
lemon juice, as needed
2 tbs fresh parsley, minced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat the butter in a large casserole (oven-safe) or skillet over moderate heat, until foaming. Stir in the minced shallots and saute a moment without browning. Stir in mushrooms and saute lightly for a minute or two without browning. Sprinkle with salt. Meanwhile, sprinkle the chicken breasts with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken breasts to the pan with mushrooms, and roll in butter quickly. Lay the buttered paper over them, cover casserole, and place in hot oven. After 6 minutes, press top of supremes with your finger. If still soft, return to oven for a moment or two (Mine needed 5 more.) When meat is springy to the touch, it is done. Remove the supremes to a warm platter and cover while making the sauce. Pour the stock into the casserole with butter (and mushrooms) and boil down quickly over high heat, until liquid is syrupy. Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until cream has thickened slightly. Off heat, taste carefully for seasoning and add drops of lemon juice to taste. Pour the sauce over the supremes and serve at once, sprinkled with parsley.

For Asparagus:
1 lb asparagus tips
lemon juice
kosher salt

Steam asparagus until tender. Remove from heat and sprinkle with lemon juice and kosher salt.

For Buttered White New Potatoes with Parsley:
1 lb white new potatoes, quartered
1 tbsp salted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 tbsp parsley, minced

In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Cook until fork-tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain in colander and return to pan. Add butter and toss. Sprinkle with parsley.

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