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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Getting Under Our Skin

July 25, 2017

 

I am mesmerized by all of those short little cooking videos. The ones where the entire recipe gets prepared and cooked in about 30 seconds. Today, as I was watching one from Food + Wine, showing New York restaurant Made Nice‘s chef prepping their chickens for roasting I had an epiphany.

It is fairly common for recipes to suggest rubbing some butter or tucking herbs under the skin of poultry before roasting to let the flavors really soak in, crisp the skin, and keep the meat moist. The problem is, it isn’t so easy to really get under there and get the mixture well dispersed. When I saw this chef using a pastry bag filled with herb infused butter to get under the skin, I had a major “aha!” moment.

The technique involved filling a pastry bag fitted with a large tip with very soft herb butter. The chef inserted the tip under the skin at the farthest point, releasing the contents as he slowly pulled the bag out, and then quickly massaged the area to disperse the herb butter evenly under the skin. It also allowed him to get into the harder to reach spots, such as the legs and wings.

This genius trick could totally change my poultry roasting game!  I can’t wait to try it with my roasted garlic and mustard herb butter.

Thanks Made Nice! 

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Unrecipe of the Week: Fig Jam

June 27, 2016

 

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For a recent cocktail party I catered, I wanted to create a charcuterie selection that appealed to all of the senses. Rich and creamy, juxtaposed with savory and salty, and just the right amount of something sweet to offset it all.
This quick fig jam proved to be the perfect accompanyment to the assortment. It cooks up fast with little preparation and few ingredients, but yields something more complex. I served it with cheese, meats and paté, but it works just as well on a slab of toasted bread, or as upgrade to your next PBJ sandwich.

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Fig Jam ( adapted from Food & Wine)

Slice 2 pounds of fresh figs into quarters, and place them in a pot with about 1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups of sugar. Toss, and let it sit off the heatnuntil the sugar dissolves naturally and the figs begin to give off juice.
Add 1/2 cup of water, and the juice of a couple of lemons, and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir until all the sugar is fully dissovled.Reduce the heat to and simmer, stirring often, until the fruit begins to soften, and the juices naturally thicken. This will take about 20-30 minutes. Taste, and add more sugar and|or lemon as needed.
Cool, spoon into a large jar and enjoy!

Photos: top: indigo jones | bottom: Spencer Jones @Glasshouse Assignment

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