Saturday, November 9, 2013

No more drips.....

The one thing you really don't want to end up wearing at a cocktail party is part of the menu.

So while I love a good chicken Kiev there is no way anything with an oozing pocket of garlic butter is coming near me or my suit.  I'm guaranteed to spill it down my front, I can even manage that with a bottle of water...and that takes skill.

Problem solved I have removed the ooze but kept all the flavour, although I'm not sure ooze is the best culinary descriptor.

It should be compulsory for anyone planning a cocktail party to test every dish while holding a wine glass, the marketing material from the event and engaging in a 3 way conversation. I'm sure if this level of testing was carried out we would never see a menu item that required a fork again!

No Drip Kiev Balls
Ingredients: makes about 25 balls
  • 1 chicken breast fillet
  • 3 chicken thigh fillets
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 60g butter
  • 1/2 bunch parsley chopped
  • Salt really, really good pinch
  • Pepper 
  • Flour
  • 1 egg
  • Breadcrumbs (panko)
  • Spray or olive oil

  • Cover garlic with a splash of oil and wrap tin foil
  • Roast at 180ºC for about 45 mins till tender
  • Let garlic cool
  • Mince the chicken with peeled garlic, butter and chopped parsley in a meat mincer
  • Pass it through twice
  • Season with salt/pepper and slap the mixture against the side of the bowl a couple of times, a bit like kneading
  • Leave covered overnight in the fridge
  • Set up 3 separate bowls for the flour, egg, breadcrumbs
  • Roll tablespoon sized balls and coat in flour, egg and breadcrumbs
  • Place on a greased lined oven tray
  • Give a quick spray or drizzle with oil
  • Bake at 180ºC for 25-30 minutes
  • I don't serve with a sauce.....I'd only spill it on myself
  • For a juicier balls use all thigh (still non drip)
  • You can test the seasoning by frying off  a bit of the mixture, don't try the raw chicken.

1 comment:

  1. I love these but I think I'd have to have a sauce. I'm shocking at what I can spill but having lady parts means that the spills stop up top. This post made me laugh because I don't think I've met anyone else who can splat more food than I can.