Herbed Chicken in Pastry
Cambell'sGet this Recipe: Herbed Chicken in Pastry
Add to the list of 832 things I have done wrong so far this year, according to my daughter: "Mom, why have I not had this cheese before?"
She actually has had the garlic and herb spread this recipe calls for, but in an exercise of adolescent irritate-your-mom-ness, says she doesn't remember. To borrow one of her favorite expressions: Whatever!
You can't really go wrong with the basic ingredients in this Herbed Chicken in Pastry recipe -- in addition to the cheese, there's browned chicken and one of my personal weaknesses, puff pastry.
And yet . . . "I just want the cheese," said Michaela.
My husband, who has had this cheese before, echoed her comments, sort of. "More cheese, less chicken," he said.
The breasts I used were unusually fat -- I think next time I'll use either the so-called tenders or just pound the chicken flatter. And maybe add another spoonful of cheese.
I did tweak the recipe a bit – browning a couple of cloves of garlic in a mixture of melted butter AND olive oil before browning the chicken (which I salted as well as peppered) in the same pan. I didn't wash the pan when I was done either - I saved the remaining fat and garlicky chips to sauté some blanched green beans. I even threw a little of the cheese into the beans - maybe a teaspoonful or so. We all reeked of garlic, but didn't care (ok, Michaela did express some concern about what teen vampire idol Edward Cullen would think).
And I didn't have any parsley to top the cheese with. In fact, I can say pretty confidently that I never have parsley just lying around. In retrospect, I wonder if that little bit of rough texture would have helped the pastry adhere to the filling better.
After they cleaned their plates - of every last crumb and smear - my husband and daughter decided to add the chicken to their dream appetizer menu, with a modification: "We're going to cut the chicken up into little pieces, and then put in the cheese and wrap it. We can serve it on a tray, with toothpicks!"