As the “wooden spoon that stirs the recipe,” I’ve gotta say my short-order cookin’ alter ego, Lazy Person (LP), really concocted quite a tasty dish this time around.
Like in the animated movie franchise Madagascar, LP’s latest miracle-on-a-plate adds a bit of spice from that East African island to make this dish animate on the palate: Madagascan pepe verde (green peppercorn).
Green peppercorn from Madacascar, along with those grown in India, Vietnam and other locations around Asia, are unripe pepper berries harvested from the same tropical vine that also produces white and black peppercorn.
Unlike Madagascar’s Alex — the “king of the jungle” — I’m not much of a red meat eater, and pretty much limit my intake of skeletal flesh to the range-free, two-legged variety: petti di pollo (chicken breasts). Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a BREAST MAN…when it comes to chicken.
Whaddya say we move our thighs and head into the kitchen and join up with Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria, and get this What’s Burning dish underway?
Step-1: In a skillet, add the butter and oil, place on MEDIUM-HIGH to melt and merge
Step-2: Add in the garlic cloves, let cook until they turn paper-bag brown, then remove
Step-3: Place the chicken breasts into the skillet and cook until bottom side is browned (3 min.)
Step-4: Turn chicken over and brown other side (3 min.), then remove from skillet
Step-5: Rinse off brine from peppercorn
Step-6: Add the peppercorn, brandy and sea salt and deglaze the skillet until the alcohol evaporates.
Step7: Add the heavy cream to the skillet and begin reducing the liquid.
Step8: As the sauce thickens, return the chicken breasts to the skillet, turn and rotate constantly until the chicken warms and is totally absorbed in the sauce.
Step-9: Plate and serve with oven-roasted rosemary potatoes and garlic cloves.
Step-10: BUON APPETITO!
Recommended Wine Pairing: St. Magdalener DOC Rosso – Wilhelm Walch Winery – Tramin (BZ), Italy
Located along the famous Weinstraße (Wine Road) of the South Tyrol region of northern Italy, the Wilhelm Walch Winery has been producing high-quality grape from an old Jesuit monastery in the medieval town of Tramin since 1869. And out from Walch’s flows St. Magdalener DOC Rosso, a delicious red that I’ve enjoyed on numerous occasions.
A blend of 90% Vernatsch and 10% Lagrein-Pinot Nero, St. Magdalener DOC Rosso is brought to fruition in large Slovenian oak barrels. A dense cherry-red color, the bouquet is freshly picked cherries, slightly bitter almonds and a touch of violet. On the palate, it’s juicy and pleasant, and this “saint” follows through with a very nice soft and round finish.
St. Magdalener DOC Rosso pairs well with a variety of dishes: mild cheeses, spicy starters, light meats — grilled or roasted — and freshwater fish. SALUTE!
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