Roasted chicken with caponata
Roasted Chicken with Caponata
Recipe by: Claire Swanson
Preparation time: 35 minutes + 24hrs (to infuse)
Cooking time: 1hr 30 minutes
900g (avg) Chicken thighs and drumsticks
1 punnet, rosemary
salt and pepper
Place the chicken pieces in a large roasting dish, season and drizzle with olive oil. Toss over some fresh rosemary and bake for 40-45minutes until golden and cooked through.
600g Aubergine, cubed,
150ml Olive oil
150g Celery, 2cm pieces
300g Red/yellow peppers, deseeded, cut in to strips
150g Brown onion, thinly sliced
5g Anchovy, 2 fillets
50g Tomato paste
100g Green olives, pitted & quartered
150ml White wine vinegar
2.5 Black pepper
150g Toasted flaked almonds, chopped
10g Parsley, chopped
Cook the celery in a large pan of salted boiling water for about 3 minutes.
Remove from the water once done and pat dry.
Heat 150ml of olive oil in a large pot. Fry the celery off on a medium heat until slightly crispy. Remove from the heat and drain on paper towel. Top the oil up if needed and fry off the red peppers. Remove them once they start to soften but are still crisp. Drain on paper towel.
Top the oil up if needed and increase the heat, add the aubergines once the oil is hot.
Cook the aubergines on a high heat until they are cooked through but still keep their shape.
Remove the aubergine and drain them on paper towel.
Reduce the heat and fry off the onions on a medium heat until they begin to soften and become golden yet do not brown.
Add the anchovies and allow frying off until they break up.
Stir in the tomato paste and allow it to cook off for about 2 minutes.
Add the cooked celery, peppers and aubergine to the onion mixture followed by the capers, raisins, olives, vinegar, salt, sugar and black pepper.
Cook for 5 minutes on high heat stirring continuously.
Add toasted and chopped almonds, finish off with freshly chopped parsley and serve with soft polenta
By Juliet Douglas
15ml Olive Oil
265g Brown Onions
1.25L Full cream milk
500ml Vegetable Stock
100g Salted Butter
100g Hard Cheese
Salt and Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Quarter the onions, leaving the skin on. Halve the garlic cloves.
In a medium size pot heat the olive oil and add the onion segments and garlic cloves. Stirring occasionally allow the onion and garlic to brown. Add the rosemary and sage and stir until they become fragrant.
Pour in the milk and bring up to a gentle simmer.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
This can be done the day before and left in the fridge over night for the flavours to infuse properly.
Strain the milk into another saucepan. Throw away the onion, garlic, sage and rosemary, add the vegetable stock and bring up to a gentle simmer.
Slowly add the polenta, whisking constantly at the same time so that no lumps form.
Stir with a wooden spoon.
Add the butter and grated hard cheese and stir.
Season and pour into a serving dish.