Tuesday, May 6, 2008
It's Chef Nikki and her almost winning recipe for roast chicken with apple and mixed vegetables. Yes, I actually bought all of the ingredients for this recipe. And while I spent a tad over my ten dollar limit, it's still a pretty good value for the amount of food I made. Sorry Whole Foods, I went with the local grocery store.Apples and Onions and Brussels Sprouts, oh my!Here's my one quibble with the dish. It's got some serious schmaltz going on. I added no liquid to the roasting pan, but since the recipe calls for legs and thighs there was some serious fat drainage. And that's not even counting the thigh fat that I trimmed before the chicken went into the pan. Yet, I suspect that not unlike bacon (and its fat), anything roasted in chicken fat comes out tasting much better than when it went in, even Brussels sprouts.All in all a very good dish. The sweetness of the apples and carrots balances the slight bitterness of the Brussels sprouts. Did the chefs really spend ten dollars and buy ALL of their ingredients at Whole Foods? I seriously doubt it, and rumors are flying that the well stocked Top Chef pantry played a much bigger role in the budget finagling than we viewers were led to believe. That being said, please don't let that deter you from at least trying Whole Foods. They have a wonderful variety of good food.