Chicken Asado

Chicken Asado

Chicken Asado

On our recent trip to The Philippines, we spent a week visiting Patrick’s family. As everyone knows, nothing tastes better than your mother’s cooking! We were treated to homemade sinigang, adobo, caldareta and Mommy’s famous Chicken Asado. This recipe is our attempt to replicate the experience of eating your mother’s home cooking, but with modern plating. If you’ve never tried Filipino cuisine, this is a great place to begin. It’s an easy but tasty dish with no challenging ingredients. Let us know if you enjoy it!

This recipe serves 6 people. Serve with rice.

Ingredients:

  • 100ml soy sauce
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 6 whole chicken legs (Marylands)
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 85g liver spread or chicken paté
  • 300g tomato passata
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 green chillies, whole
  • salt to taste
  • parsley and sorrel leaves, to garnish

Method:

  1. For the marinade, combine soy sauce and lemon juice in a large bowl and add the chicken legs. Rub the marinade all over the chicken, then cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight.
  2. Cut half of the carrot into matchstick shaped batons approximately 3cm by ½cm. Slice the remaining carrot and the potatoes into ½cm thick slices. Using a 4cm cookie cutter, cut the sliced vegetables into rounds. Then, using a 2.5cm cookie cutter, punch a hole through the middle of the carrot circles, to create a carrot ring and a smaller circle.
  3. In a pan, heat the oil and then shallow fry the potato and carrot until tender and brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the liquid. Fry the chicken in the same pan, browning both sides but not cooking all the way through. Remove and set aside. Once the chicken cools a little, french the bone by cutting through the meat around the bone 1 inch from the base of the leg. Remove the skin and flesh by pulling it from the bone. Clean the bone by scraping away any remaining meat with a knife.
  5. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté until slightly brown, then add the liver spread or paté and continue to sauté until this has browned as well.
  6. Add the tomato passata, brown sugar, pepper, water and marinade. Mix together and add the chicken pieces back to the pan. Simmer over a low heat for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is thick. Add the bay leaves and chillies and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Remove the chicken from the sauce and set aside. Strain the sauce through a fine metal sieve into a large bowl, and use a stick blender to emulsify the sauce. Wipe out the pan and return the sauce, then return the pan to a medium heat, reducing the sauce until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

To Serve:

Swirl 3 tablespoons of sauce in a circular pattern across each plate. Place a chicken leg on one side of the plate, and pour another tablespoon of sauce on top of the chicken. On the opposite side of the plate, arrange the potato and carrot circles and batons according to your preference. Finely chop some of the parsley and use it to garnish the chicken leg. Decorate the plate with some sorrel and parsley leaves. Sarap!

Traditional Asado

If you’re curious to try a more traditional Asado, or just can’t be bothered with fancy plating, simply change a few steps above.

At Step 2, slice all of the potatoes and carrots into 1/2 cm thick slices.

At Step 4, there’s no need to french the bone.

At the end of Step 8, return the chicken, potatoes and carrot to the pan, stir well and serve immediately with rice.

Cauliflower with Grapes, Almonds and Curry

Cauliflower with Grapes, Almonds and Curry

Cauliflower with Grapes, Almonds and Curry

We’ve been wanting to try another recipe from the Eleven Madison Park cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, after we enjoyed the Roasted Pork Rack with Onions and Cherries. The amount of preparation time is daunting however, so it wasn’t until we had a long weekend that we had time to cook this recipe. We’re so glad that we took the time, because it’s the most delicious thing we’ve made so far! The various textures of cauliflower, with the complimentary flavours of raisin, curry and carrot were amazing.Once again, we found the most daunting thing about cooking an Eleven Madison Park dish is the number of elements to be prepared, and flipping backwards and forwards between the main recipe and the sub-recipes in the back of the book. Hopefully our adaptation of the recipe makes the steps a little easier to follow. Individually, each element is fairly straightforward, and delicious! If you don’t feel like making this whole recipe, at least try the cauliflower puree, or the curry oil, or burnt butter, which we’ve been using in just about everything we make this week.

We have adapted this recipe to serve 4 people. You will have some extra brown butter, curry oil, and curried raisins.

Brown Butter:

  • 250g butter
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 clove garlic

Place the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer slowly for about 40 minutes, until the butter is clear and a light caramel colour. Continue to cook, whisking vigorously until the butter becomes a walnut brown colour. Place the thyme and garlic in a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Strain the Brown Butter over the thyme and garlic, and set aside until needed. Discard the thyme and garlic.

Curry Oil:

  • 2 cups canola oil
  • ½ cup thinly sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced white onions
  • ½ stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Madras curry powder
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf

Heat 1 cup of the oil in a medium saucepan over a low heat. Add the apple, onion and lemongrass and sweat until translucent but not caramelised, about 5 minutes. Add the curry powder and toast for 2 minutes. Add the remaining oil and the kaffir lime leaf, and heat the oil to 70°C. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter.

Curry Raisin Puree

  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  • 30ml Curry Oil
  • ½ tsp salt

Place the raisins in a bowl. Pour hot water over the raisins and bloom at room temperature for 2 hours, or until they are soft. Drain, discarding the water, and puree in a blender or with a stick blender. Slowly incorporate the Curry Oil, with the blender still running. Add the salt and stir through.

Dehydrated Grapes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 32 seedless red grapes

Preheat the oven to 65°C or set a dehydrator to 50°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar with 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the grapes and remove the pan from the heat. Steep for 5 minutes, remove the grapes from the syrup and transfer them to the baking tray. Dehydrate the sugared grapes in the oven for 2 hours or in the dehydrator for 4 hours.

Curried Raisins:

  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 tsp Madras curry powder
  • 1 pod star anise
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1/3 cup white port
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ¼ cup golden raisins

Place the canola oil in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Add the apple and shallots and sweat without caramelising until pale and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the curry powder, anise and peppercorns and toast for about 1 minute. Deglaze with the port and reduce until the pan is almost dry. Add two cups of water and the kaffir lime leaf and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes, then season with the salt. Place the golden raisins in a heatproof container, then strain the hot liquid over the raisins. Discard the solids and keep the raisins in their liquid at room temperature until ready to serve.

Carrot Curry Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced white onion
  • 1 Tbsp thinly sliced ginger
  • 1 tsp Madras curry powder
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ cup canned whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 3 ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the carrots, onion and ginger and sweat the vegetables for about 15 minutes, until they are tender. Add the curry powder and toast for one minute. Deglaze the saucepan with the white wine and reduce until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Add the tomatoes, again cooking until almost dry. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, toast the coriander and cumin seeds over a low heat until fragrant. Add the toasted spices and chicken stock to the vegetables. Simmer slowly for 45 minutes, then strain the sauce and discard the solids. Return the liquid to the pan and reduce until you have 1 ½ cups of liquid. Season with the salt and immediately chill over ice.

Cauliflower Cross-Sections:

  • 1 ½ heads cauliflower

Slice 6 cross-sections of the cauliflower, each one measuring 3/8 of an inch thick. Each cross-section should keep the florets intact. Reserve the remainder of the cauliflower for the Cauliflower Puree.

Cauliflower Puree:

  • 1 ½ cups cauliflower trim, diced
  • ½ cup single cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Butter
  • 1 tsp salt

Place the cauliflower in a saucepan and cover with the cream and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer the cauliflower until tender, around 25 minutes. Drain the cauliflower, reserving the liquid. Puree in a blender or with a stick blender, adding one tablespoon of the liquid at a time, until the mixture is smooth but not too runny. Blend in the Brown Butter and season with the salt. If your puree is still a little coarse, pass through a fine mesh sieve.

Sous Vide Cauliflower:

  • 2 Cauliflower Cross-Sections
  • 30ml Curry Oil
  • 30ml Brown Butter
  • ½ tsp salt

Use a 1 ¼ inch ring cutter to punch out 8 cauliflower rounds from the Cauliflower Cross-Sections, including some floret and stem in each round. Trim 12 florets from the remaining cauliflower. Save all other trim for the Cauliflower Couscous. Place the rounds, florets, Curry Oil, Brown Butter and salt in a Sous Vide bag and vacuum seal. Simmer the bags in a water bath at 85°C for 20 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a bowl of ice water.

Cauliflower Couscous:

  • 1 cup cauliflower trim
  • ½ Tbsp Brown Butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt

Finely chop the cauliflower so that it resembles grains of couscous. Place in a small bowl and add the Brown Butter, lemon juice and salt. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 4 Cauliflower Cross-Sections
  • ¼ cup Curry Oil
  • ¼ cup Brown Butter
  • 1 Tbsp salt

Preheat the oven to 150°C. Slice each cross-section in half, so you have 8 pieces. Heat two large oven-proof sauté pans or casseroles over a high heat and divide the Curry Oil and Brown Butter between the pans. Place 4 pieces of cauliflower in each pan and lower the heat to medium. Sear the cauliflower until well browned on each side, basting with the oil and butter. Transfer the pans to the oven and roast until the cauliflower is cooked through and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Season with the salt.

To Serve:

  • 4 Tbsp Cauliflower Puree
  • 4 Tbsp Curry Raisin Puree
  • Carrot Curry Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Curry Oil
  • Sous Vide Cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Curried Raisins
  • Dehydrated Grapes
  • 16 Blanched Almonds
  • Cauliflower Couscous
  • Madras Curry Powder
  • 8 sprigs celery leaves
  1. In three small saucepans, reheat the Cauliflower Puree, Curry Raisin Puree and Carrot Curry Sauce over a low heat. Add the Curry Oil to the Carrot Curry Sauce.
  2. Open the bags of the Sous Vide Cauliflower, drain the liquid and reserve it. In a medium sauté pan, heat the chicken stock and the reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a simmer and add the cauliflower discs and florets. Add the butter and reduce to a glaze, about 3 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Onto each plate, spoon 1 tablespoon of Cauliflower Puree and 1 tablespoon of Curry Raisin Puree. Place two Roasted Cauliflower sections on top. Add 2 cauliflower rounds, 3 cauliflower florets, 3 Curried Raisins, 3 Dehydrated Grapes, 4 Blanched Almonds and a spoonful of Cauliflower Couscous around the Roasted Cauliflower. Finish each plate with 1 tablespoon of Carrot Curry Sauce, a sprinkle of Madras Curry Powder and 2 celery leaves.