Keen to cook your way into someone’s heart? Here’s a recipe to boost your ‘confit’-dence
SO YOU’VE swiped right on your Kindling App and met a special someone. You’ve been conversing for a while, and you’ve checked out her/his profile on the Twitbook and MyFace and maybe swapped a picture or two on Clicktalk. You’ve somehow convinced them that you’re not a psycho and you’ve even gone for coffee. All has gone well, she/he doesn’t mind your smell and hasn’t let on that you’ve worn your only good shirt out for your first two dates. You’ve convinced her/him that you’re a warlord in the kitchen and you’d like to cook her/him something spectacular for your third date, and then maybe watch Apocamer lypse Now or Platoon on DVD. You’ve found that some words have come out of your mouth that don’t usually exist in your vocabulary like “confit” and “poulet” and you’ve boasted of exotic ingredients. You’ve had a slight panic attack, but you’ve faced worse situations, only this is real life and you don’t have a reset button or the ability to go back to a previously saved gaming session. Breathe into a paper bag because The Culinary Barbarian is your ultimate wing man. Sharpen your knives and straighten your bow ties with The Culinary Barbarian’s date night chicken confit with mushroom risotto and truffle oil. Visit www.culinarybarbarian.com for more information.
2 x chicken thigh cutlets, skin on, 1kg clarified butter, 1/2 knob garlic (3 cloves minced, the rest peeled and whole), 1 bunch sage, 6 button mushrooms, 1 carrot, finely diced, 2 celery sticks, finely diced, 1 cup arborio rice, 1 large onion, ½ diced, ½ minced, 1 litre chicken stock, 2 cups dry white wine, parmesan, 4 sprigs asparagus, 2 eggs, truffle oil, optional
With paper towel, pat dry the chicken cutlets, removing any excess moisture. Cautiously lift the skin without piercing and stuff with sage leaves and whole garlic cloves and minced onion. Arrange in an ovensafe dish and pour melted butter over until completely submerged. Toss in some extra garlic cloves. Place in oven at 90C and roast for about 3 hours. Prepare the risotto. Melt butter in a large pot and saute the remaining garlic, onions, carrot, celery and mushrooms until translucent. Pour in the rice and coat with the butter. Cook for about 2 minutes and add the stock and wine. Reduce to simmer and stir repeatedly until the rice is tender and creamy. Add a fist full of parmesan and stir in. Remove the chicken from the oven and turn heat up to 200C. Drain off the butter. Pat off any extra butter and place on a flat oven tray with the whole garlic cloves. Sprinkle with salt and return to the oven until the skin is crispy. Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 10 seconds and then immediately plunge into ice water to keep crisp. Poach 2 eggs, one egg at a time. Arrange chicken thighs on top of risotto with the egg, asparagus and confit garlic. Sprinkle with parmesan and a drizzle of truffle oil.