This is one of my favorite dishes to make. It’s got a story to go with it:
In high school, I befriended a girl. She was pretty cool and we got along well. We used to talk on AIM almost every day. She eventually got up the courage to tell me that she liked me, but I didn’t feel the same way. That made things awkward between us. We stayed friends but both ended up going our own separate ways. After high school, we never really talked.
A few years later, I was browsing Facebook and saw a post by her talking about a video game that I played a lot at the time. Yep, World of Warcraft. I messaged her and we talked for a bit. I realized that she was actually really, really cute and attractive now, and had been for a while. I suggested we grab dinner some time to catch up, but we were both very busy people. We planned to meet in December, when the semester was over. Unfortunately, we both forgot.
Another year or so later, I got an email from a dating site I used. Someone with a very high match percentage had visited my profile. It turns out it was her. It was a little awkward talking to her again given the circumstances. We finally set a concrete date to hang out again. We went for sushi! As we talked, I realized that the tables had turned: I was massively attracted to the same girl I had rejected 8 years earlier.
It took me a day to build up the courage to tell her how I felt. I didn’t know how she’d feel after such a long time had passed. She was actually quite thrilled because she still held those feelings. It was all very emotional. We set a date and I took her to a very nice French restaurant in Winter Park called Chez Vincent. I’ll never forget what we ordered:
- Quail with a raspberry sauce
- Stuffed chicken breast with shiitake mushrooms, swiss cheese and a country dijon sauce
- Chocolate and raspberry mousse with a mango sauce
The girl is gone but that dinner is burned in my mind, so it was surprising when I discovered that we’d be learning how to make it. This is obviously a different variation, but I’ve since learned how to make the original meal. I’ve tried experimenting to fit the different flavors from the three dishes into one, but I’ve learned that desserts should stay desserts. The best I’ve come up with is a custom raspberry sauce to go with it. My version is tentatively titled Heartbreak Chicken.
But anyway, here’s the dish we made in class:
Chicken Leg Stuffed with Mushrooms and Proscuitto, and Ratatouille
Chicken Leg Stuffed with Mushrooms and Proscuitto
- 2 Chicken legs
- 1oz Whole butter
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 1 slice Bacon, small dice
- 1 oz onion
- 2 oz heavy cream
- 2 oz bread crumbs, fresh
- TT salt and pepper
- 1 oz Whole butter, melted
- Supreme sauce
- Debone the chicken leg and thighs, leaving skin attached
- Heat butter in sauté pan. Add onions and bacon and sauté for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and onions and sauté for 2 minutes or until mushrooms are tender
- Add cream and reduce by half. Add breadcrumbs and toss to combine. Season.
- Divide stuffing between legs. Tie legs up.
- Place legs in a roasting pan and brush with melted butter. Cook at 375 for 30 minutes.
- Remove and cut twine. Cut into slices and serve with sauce.
- 2 oz onions, medium dice
- 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
- 2 oz olive oil
- 1 oz green pepper, medium dice
- 1 oz red pepper, medium dice
- 2 oz eggplant, medium dice
- 1 oz zucchini, medium dice
- 4 oz tomato concassee
- 1 oz basil
- TT salt and pepper
- Sauté the onion and garlic in oil.
- Add the bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini and sauté until tender, approx. 10 minutes.
- Add tomato, basil and seasonings. Sauté for 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings