Friday, January 28, 2011
FFwD Chicken B'stilla
The recipe for this week's French Fridays with Dorie was Chicken B'stilla. I have to say, I felt like I was making this dish all day. I started it after lunch on Sunday, we were having a friend over and cleaning up the house while I worked on the dish. There were tons of steps, and it seemed to me like each step took an hour.
I'm pretty sure I made a mistake towards the end. We were supposed to have the chicken broth reduce to 1 cup, and I may not have left it reduce long enough. Mr. Hobby and I were standing over the pot, holding a liquid measuring cup in one hand, and trying to decide if we thought it was down to 1 cup or not. When we were satisfied and I reduced the heat, it was still pretty hot since I was using my dutch oven. When I whisked in the egg and honey mixture, I started to get some strands of cooked egg, even though I never stopped whisking. I think I should have either let the pot cool more before mixing the eggs in, or tempered the eggs by putting a little of the chicken broth into the eggs, and then mixing that in with the larger portion of chicken broth. But, I'm a new cook, so I only think of these things after my mistakes have been made. Anyway, my sauce wasn't setting up the way Dorie described it in the book. So, after whisking for a long time, and still not getting a thick texture I decided to put another egg in. We buy free range eggs, and I'd noticed an egg that didn't come close to meeting the standards for American Large eggs in my 12 pack, so I cracked the little guy in there. It helped some, but I never got the sauce consistency I needed. You can see what it looked like in the picture of the mixture in the pot.
But, the final dish was very pretty. And the best part was that Mr. Hobby was willing to eat the leftovers all week!