Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - France

Bonsoir Europa this is Paris calling for the next installment of our Eurovision food tour....does anyone have a breath mint?

France's entry is a dish that I have wanted to do since the birth of the Chow Down to Eurovision, forty clove garlic chicken because I am garlic obsessed.

I could go on and on about my love of garlic but as this is the second last country I think it's best to....what is French for "just get on with it"?


Forty Clove Garlic Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce
Ingredients
  • 40 cloves of garlic (skin on) 
  • 1kg chicken thighs 
  • 1kg chicken legs 
  • .5kg chicken wings 
  • 30mls olive oil 
  • 30g lard 
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 1 leek 
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves 
  • Sprigs of parsley 
  • Sprigs a thyme 
  • Sprigs of tarragon 
  • 250ml white wine 
  • 80ml cream 
Method
  • Cut the carrots into small batons (or just chop) 
  • Roughly chop leek and celery 
  • Add carrots, leek and celery to a large baking dish (one with a lid) 
  • Add a handful of garlic cloves 
  • Chop a couple of sprigs of herbs and add to vegetables 
  • In a deep frypan heat the oil and lard and brown the chicken in batches (be careful this is a spitter) 
  • Arrange the chicken in the baking dish and cover with remaining garlic 
  • Add a few more sprigs of herbs 
  • Pour the wine into the frypan and then pour over the chicken 
  • Bake at 180 °C for 1 hour with the lid on 
  • After 1 hour bake a further 15 minutes at 200°C lid off 
  • Remove chicken and most of the garlic and vegetables from the baking tray onto a serving plate 
  • Pass the liquid and any remaining garlic or vegetable through a sieve into a medium saucepan 
  • Skim some of the fat off the top 
  • Bring to the boil and whisk through 1-2 tablespoons of flour 
  • When thickened add 1/3 cup thick cream 
  • Pass the sauce through a sieve for an extra smooth sauce 
  • Serve with extra sauce, roasted garlic and a crunchy baguette

A delicious base


Browned and ready to go in the oven

Golden and juicy the way chicken should be!


Who doesn't love a glistening thigh?




Lisa Angell delivered an incredible performance for France with one of best uses of video wall the contest has every seen! Yes I heard the people sing and I was ready to raise my banner high, unbelievably France scored just 3 points and come 25th!

I'm not sure what the voters were watching but I don't think it was this??

Past France Chow Down to Eurovision:




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