Chat Leftovers: Andouille Redux, Lollipop Molds, Naked Chicken
The What's Cooking queue was still full after this week's gabfest; below, a handful of questions that caught my eye and whetted my whistle. As per usual, I invite you to weigh in and add salt when necessary.
What to douille?: I have half a pound of andouille leftover (frozen at the moment) from jambalaya a few weeks ago. I'm thinking of using it in an empanada-style stuffing... cutting it up to blend with some onions, peppers... AND what? What goes well with andouille? What complements it nicely and will hold up to a little baking? Or am I on completely a wrong track here? Open to suggestions to make good use of the andouille and break a bit of a dinner rut.
I've had chorizo-stuffed empanadas, sure. But I think ground meat generally performs better as a savory pastry filling (I'm drooling over the idea of Jamaican meat patties at the moment) than does sliced hunks of sausage. Now, if you want to remove the casing and break up the meat, you'd have a different situation.
In keeping with the New Orleans theme, one of andouille's best mates is a pot of red beans, which of course could be used as an empanada filling or as a big ole stew. Rice is a key third well, and will work equally work tucked into a pastry or sopping up that red bean-andouille gravy.
If I were in your shoes, I might make me some biscuits and fry up a few eggs for a breakfast of champions at any time of the day.
Charlotte, N.C.: Does anyone have a good recipe for pizza dough? I have been using the recipe in my bread maker, but it's too doughy (stretched out on my 12 in. pizza peel). I have tried to doctor it up some, by adjusting the amounts, but generally the dough comes out too sticky. It's manageable, but still time consuming (not worth using the bread machine at that point). I forgot to bring the recipe with me, but methinks its 8oz water, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp oil, 3 C flour, and 2 tsp yeast. Any suggestions/tips?
I just compared your proportions to my recipe for pizza dough, and there are two slight differences -- your version calls for a tad less salt and twice as much oil. As for method, I make my dough by hand, which yields a soft yet springy result, but I would not characterize it as sticky.
Admittedly, I have no experience working with a bread machine, so we'll need to solicit insight from veteran bread machine bakers. Short of analyzing the bread machine process, what if you considered giving the by-hand method a fighting chance? If nothing else, you'll have an amazing tactile experience, from making a flour well to "press, fold and turn," the kneading mantra that has served me well over the years.
What I want to know is this: When you finally do form the dough onto the peel, how does it do in the oven and in your mouth? I'm curious about the end result.
Lollipops: I made a batch of lollipops around Christmas that were a big hit. I used elements of your recipe/technique combined with those from Saveur. I would like to find a mold to give them less of that freeform look. Any idea where to find such a thing? A friend kindly gave me a bunch of plastic molds, but I've discovered they are only for chocolate lollipops. I imagine the hot sugar solution would melt the plastic. On a related note, I think you've mentioned a candy cookbook that you like. Can you share the name again?
I've ordered lollipop supplies from Kitchen Krafts, which sells a variety of molds, and I'm intrigued by the aluminum molds on offer at lollipopmolds.com. You may also want to check out getsuckered.com. The book in question is "The Ultimate Candy Book" by Bruce Weinstein, a useful resource, particularly for non-chocolate applications. Keep me posted on your lolly-mold progress!
Roast Chicken, YES!: Recipe please.
Okay, if you insist: For the bird with the skin on, check my how-to video; it's useful for general tips and you can flavor to your fancy. Now if you're game to take it all off -- as in all of the skin -- try my Naked Chicken, which cooks in a fraction of the time of a skin-on bird. The naked version is also lower in fat, yet fuller in flavor because of the direct contact the meat gets with a spice rub. If nothing else, Naked Chicken is a fun theme for a dinner party.
The last word from Washington, D.C.:
For the person who inquired about freezing bread dough: YES, you can freeze it! I do it all the time with rolls -- make a big batch, freeze it in the pan, and when you want to cook fresh rolls all you have to do is pull it out and put it in the oven.
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: Baltimore | February 27, 2008 12:09 PM
Posted by: WI | February 27, 2008 1:33 PM
Posted by: Beth | February 27, 2008 2:12 PM
Posted by: Kim O'Donnel | February 27, 2008 2:14 PM
Posted by: JJ | February 28, 2008 6:02 AM
Posted by: SER | February 28, 2008 12:56 PM
Posted by: Michael Safdiah | February 28, 2008 1:29 PM
Posted by: Sewidarity | February 29, 2008 11:45 PM
The comments to this entry are closed.