12/30/08

Katie's New Death Row Meal


The blogging to-do list gets longer everyday...




So what is it with men and capers? Specifically with the men in my household not eating capers? I honestly don't get it. Is it because they are little green balls of death? I thought only peas could be called that. Anyways, once they heard that I was making a sauce with capers all the guys said, "I'll take mine without sauce, please." At least they were polite about it. I was happy because that left more sauce for me. And really, isn't it all about the sauce?

Polenta-Crusted Chicken with Balsamic Caper Pan Sauce:(Gourmet January 2009)

2 large eggs
3/4 cup polenta (preferably quick-cooking)*
1/4 cup all-purpose flour*
1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 inch thick between sheets of plastic wrap
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup water
a splash of white wine*
3 tablespoons capers* (I used a whole 4 oz. jar of capers with brine. What can I say? I like capers)
a squeeze of lemon juice and some zest*
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


Lightly beat eggs with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk together polenta, flour, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg, letting excess drip off, then dredge in polenta mixture. Heat vegetable oil and 1/3 cup olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until oil shimmers. Cook chicken in batches, turning once, until golden and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. Transfer to a platter and keep warm, loosely covered. Pour off oil and wipe skillet, then heat remaining 2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, water, and capers and briskly simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and swirl in butter. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

Tasting Notes: Everyone liked this recipe... with or without the sauce. Katie ate seconds, which she never does and claimed it to be her new death row meal. Yeah, it was that good but make sure to have some good crusty bread to sop up all the extra sauce.

21 comments:

KitchenKiki said...

Hmmm it sounds good, my man (HP) will eat his capers. I've never put them in a sauce, but I don't think that would deter him. The recipe is from the January 2009 issue. Does that mean that you are cooking in the future?

Happy New Year!

KitchenKiki said...

PS. I loved the To Do list. But it looks too pretty to cross things off, I'd never get anything done. (not that I do now...)

Stacey Snacks said...

very good penmanship and my husband loves capers.
happy new year.
love, spelling po po

MeadowLark said...

I don't THINK it's a guy thing, as Husband and YoungSon love capers. Not as much as BabyGirl and I, who sometimes sneak a spoonful straight from the jar. This sauce looks amazing!

noble pig said...

Well I lurve it and capers rock...men are lame that way. Ummm...and I like the pig...I wonder why.

Sharon said...

Hmm, I wish my to-do lists were that cute. The cinnamon roll cookies have me salivating and I haven't even seen them yet!

Jamie said...

This looks amazing! And great idea to bread the cutlet in polenta. Yum! Capers or not I want to try this recipe.

And I love latkes too, though I have a hard time passing them off on the family - talk about strange men!

Love your blog!

Kristin said...

It's recipes like this that make me miss chicken. This looks SO, SO good. Just the kind of thing I love. But I can rarely justify BUYING meat when our freezer is stuffed with beef, lamb, and venison. You may not believe me, but it is possible to get tired of lamb. I crave pork and chicken sometimes.

SaintTigerlily said...

That looks divine. The Boss happens to love capers - and this is now on my list for this weekend.

Thanks! Happy 2009 almost!

Mental P Mama said...

Oh dear. I need this right now.

Mayberry Magpie said...

You're missing your PHOTOS?! OMG. That right there would make me have a nervous breakdown. I'm going to drink heavily tonight for us both and hope that they are just hiding somewhere.

Cheryl said...

That looks absolutely delish!

melissa said...

Katie has good taste so I'm going to trust her on this. Adding it to my list, even with the capers that Steve and I didn't like last time we had them. I'm always willing to give stuff a second chance.

ntsc said...

It took years for me to accept capers.

Mama Goose said...

I have the same caper issues with my men. This looks lovley!!

giz said...

Such a cute list and a fabulous meal. The joy of having kids in the house - you really do have to cook. Today is give stove a break day.

cakeflower said...

My husband will not eat capers either! Not sure about the kids yet...hopefully I can sway them my way!
You're just down the road...I live in Roseville...and take all my photos outside too...bad lighting as well.
I love your funny ways!

Snooty Primadona said...

I love capers too... with so many different things. Unfortunately, Mr. Snoots nor my son like them. Maybe it is just a *guy thing*.

Can't wait to give this recipe a whirl!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Looks fantastic!

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