Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Last Supper. Part 1 - Chicken Sizzler

All the sizzles...©Cookaroo
After a whirlwind week, where we were doing something or the other every single day - I knew I had to make something special for the last supper that my brother would have with us before he left.


I wanted to make something special, but easy on the tummy, considering we'd been eating out nearly every day. Shawarmas? I thought out loud. I got a ho-hum response from the rest of the peeps. We'd eaten Chinese on Tuesday, Indian on Thursday and Friday, so Saturday night dinner had to be something different. And then it suddenly struck me - sizzlers! They were fun easy and lots of the elements could be done ahead of time so it just made plenty sense to me. 


Also, Ditto had asked me for a cake - Dorie Greenspan's Black and White cake - Dark chocolate pudding and white chocolate whipped cream in a moist vanilla cake. So that HAD to be made.


So between shopping for shoes, forgetting my wallet at office and eating lunch at 4 pm, I somehow managed to squeeze the sizzler in for an 11 pm dinner.


Dits for very happy. He'd asked me for mashed potatoes he got that. He asked me for broccoli, he got that. Barbecue sauce, he said. He got that too. It was a light meal and we played Bonus till 2 am before we called it a night. And then the three of us woke up at 8 in the morning to pack, breakfast and get him to bolt out of the door with his brothers-law to catch a flight to Mumbai


I missed him the moment he walked out that door. Considering my sister and I saw him nearly every day for 12 years of his life, the attachment that we feel for this 6-foot fool is very deep. Most of the day I felt a kind of sadness which I suppose only being another sibling can understand. 

But that apart, there's one key thing to making sizzlers at home - that is having a sizzler plate. Please do not be stupid like me and buy only 4 - buy at least 6 if not 8. Of course permutations and combinations are a plenty. Fries, baked potatoes, twice-baked potatoes, rosti, hash, roasted potatoes are your friends. Mushroom sauce, coriander cream sauce, bechamel, arrabiata - sauces are your BFF. And ofcourse the choice of meat is up to you. Because a sizzler is whatever you want should sizzle. 


Putting together the sizzler takes at least 10 minutes, so give yourself time and plenty of space. Unless someone is careful and can be shoooed, work alone in the kitchen. 


....is definitely yummy ©Cookaroo

Chicken sizzler with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables and sauteed onions.
Served with brown bar-be-cue sauce
Serves 5

Ingredients

For the Chicken/ marination
2 tblsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic
1 lemon squeezed
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp paprika
Salt
Pepper
7 chicken breasts - washed cleaned and deboned

For the mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
1/2 kg potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon roasted garlic

For the vegetables
Cabbage leaves - for assembly
4 carrots
100 gms beans
1 head broccoli
4 onions
Butter 
Salt and Pepper

For the brown sauce
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cold chicken broth 
Salt and black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons store-bought barbecue sauce 
1 tsp fresh pepper corns smashed in a mortar and pestle  
Sugar

Method:

For the chicken/marination

1. Put the clean chicken breasts in a ziploc bag. With a meat mallet or a rollin pin, beat it till it flattens out well and even. 

2. Into the same bag add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well. Let the meat marinate for minimum two hours and upto 24 hours, 

For the mashed potatoes

1. Wash, peel and dice the potatoes. Put them in a pan with cold water and let it simmer gently. (This is an important tip because that's how the potatoes will let go of their starch)

2. Once the potatoes are boiled through, drain the water and let it sit with in a mixing bowl. Put in the butter.

3.Add milk and use a potato masher to mash 'the hell out of the potatoes' (When I don't have time, I just run my hand mixie on the potatoes)

4. Add salt, pepper and roasted garlic and mix well. Serve immediately or let it cool and store in the fridge for up to 8 hours.

For the brown sauce

1. Make a roux with butter and flour, stir till it's golden brown. Add the garlic to it and immediately pour in  1 cup of chicken broth to it. Stir till smooth. 

2. Add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and pepper and the remaining stock. Stir well.

3.  Add the barbecue sauce and the fresh pepper corn. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving. 

For the vegetables

1. Cut the onions into thick circles. Use your hands to separate the rings. Heat butter in a large saucepan and toss the onions till they shrink in size and are beautifully pink. Set aside.

2. Cut the beans and carrots into long, bite-sized pieces. Break the broccoli into florets. Wash them all. And put them into a microwavable box.

3. When you're ready to serve. Put 1/2 cup water into the vegetables and microwave for 5 minutes on full. Take out drain. Toss with some butter salt and pepper.

For the assembly

1. Heat a grill pan and pour in some olive oil. Put in the chicken. Cook on either side for 4 minutes each or until done. Keep aside.

2. Put the sizzler plate on to the gas.Drape on some olive oil and let the iron smoke. Put in the cabbage leaves, using only the tender parts. On top of the leaves add the mashed potatoes on one side, on the other the chicken. 

3. Pour in a little bit of the brown sauce to let the sizzling begin. Add the vegetables to the centre and drizzle the chicken with more sauce. Add the sauteed onions to it.

4. When you're ready to serve, sprinkle on some water so that the sizzling takes up the visual experience and put the iron plate on the wooden outer plate and serve. 


Can I have some more please? ©Cookaroo

10 comments:

  1. sounds scrumptiously tasty...
    cant wait to giv a try now..;)
    awesome preparation..thanks for sharing..!
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thanks Jay, really much easier than what it seems

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  2. that looks heavenly! making me so damn hungry right now!

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    1. Thanks Charis, if it is of any consolation, I'm starving too

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  3. Rooochie!

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  4. for me it was the bessssst home sizzler.. or maybe actually THE BEST ever anywhere!!!!.. because it had everything i wanted in the right proportion.. the right taste.. perfect sauce..and made by u... thats why it was the most special one.......:)

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    1. maggon you are right. filled with veggies

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  5. How am i just discovering your blog!:o:o I LOVEEE ITTT!!!! :D:D im making u cook for me if i ever see u again :p lovee itttt

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    1. awwwwww too sweet Kavita. 'tis a done deal. Coming super soon to Chennai :)

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