What – no pizza? no nachos? no ribs? no guacamole? On Superbowl Sunday?
You got that right. I’ll leave those foods to the real football aficionados, while I head off to the movies tonight.
This recipe however, is an old favorite that would satisfy all foodies – whether they claim football, film, or anything else as their passion. It’s adapted from the Silver Palate Cookbook, and it is a great party dish since it can (and should) be prepared the night before to marinate.
If you’ve never had it and are glancing over the ingredient list and cringing at the thought of mixing prunes, olives and capers, my advice is: “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”
I have served this plenty of times, to people who claimed they didn’t like either prunes, olives or capers. After tasting this dish, they became converts and were licking their fingers and asking for seconds. I’ll bet you will too.
The original recipe calls for using 4 chickens, 2 1/2 pounds each, quartered.
I like to buy chicken parts (thighs, legs and breasts WITH the bone) that have the skin removed. Otherwise, there’s just too much grease. I also increased the amount of prunes and olives and blend the marinade in the food processor, to homogenize everything.
chicken parts, about 6-7 pounds
1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed
1/4 cup dried oregano
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 – 2 cups cups pitted prunes
1 1/2 – 2 cups olives (whatever kind you like)
1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice
6 bay leaves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
- Place chicken parts in a large casserole (or two if you don’t have one large enough).
- Place the following ingredients in a food processor and mix until emulsified: garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil.
- Pour the mixture over the chicken, and add the prunes, olives, capers and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, overnight.
- Remove the casserole(s) from the refrigerator at least one hour before cooking.
- Preheat oven to 350 and pour white wine around chicken parts. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Bake the chicken 50 minutes to one hour, basting frequently with pan juices.
- Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.
Serve with polenta, rice or mashed potatoes to sop up the juices.