Posts Tagged "chicken"

involtini di pollo al pomodoro (chicken rolls in tomato sauce)

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

involtini di pollo al pomodoro (chicken rolls in tomato sauce)

It occurred to me when trying out this recipe that it would be lovely to have a teenager or two at the table. Just for dinner mind, I would very much like to give them back before they take over my bathroom. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that this is a recipe with a grisly story best served with a dramatic flourish. Along the lines of; “The last time I ate this for dinner was in the house of a mean Sicilian mafia boss who once dissolved a body in acid”. (The unpleasant gangster in question was of course behind bars at the time I visited his home address, a minor detail which I may or may not reveal depending on the reaction of my audience). However I  feel that the frisson of this tale is somewhat lost when you’re eating with a 4 year old wearing fairy wings. Instead; “Here’s some yummy chicken with a lovely ham and cheese surprise in the middle” … really not the same is it.

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spezzatino di pollo con piselli (quick chicken and pea stew)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in main meal recipes | 3 comments

spezzatino di pollo con piselli (quick chicken and pea stew)

This quick and healthy recipe comes from a school dinner menu in Naples. I once interviewed the headmistress there about the challenges she faced dealing with kids from warring mafia clans. I doubt they sat together eating this stew at lunch time, but I’m told that it’s one of the most popular school meals. I’ve tested and tweaked the recipe, and I have to say that I’m impressed with how soft the meat is, and how sweet the peas are. I’m also big fan of easy dinners that tick both protein and veg boxes, but don’t make a lot of mess, or create a lot of washing up. This is definitely one of those ‘one pan wonders’. Serve with a jacket potato (no more pans needed). Also goes well with a dollop of mash or scoop of brown rice. Do let me know what you think. 

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rolle di pollo ripieno (stuffed chicken spirals)

Posted by on Aug 6, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

rolle di pollo ripieno (stuffed chicken spirals)

Chicken, ham, omelette and herbs. Simple ingredients, presented in an original way. This recipe comes from a man I once interviewed in the mafia heartlands of Sicily who knows a thing or two about presentation. The state handed him charge of an isolated and unremarkable farmhouse whose gangster owner had been jailed. He then turned it into a holiday home, attracting tourists craving a frisson of excitement from eating their dinner in the kitchen of a mafia boss. 

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