Monday, February 28, 2011

Anna Sultana's Pigeon Stew - Chicken Stew, Maltese Style

On Saturday I posted, with some variations, Carmela Soprano's Poached Chicken with Pesto.  
No big deal.
Well, does everything have to be a production?

I've been trying to pair up Carmela's and Ma's recipes.
This is another easy one.
This also calls for poultry.
This also calls for some variations.


If you saw the movie Mary Poppins you probably remember the scene where she's singing about feeding the birds.
If you saw the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation you probably remember the scene where Clark thought good old cousin Eddie would love to eat a squirrel.
The squirrel that made Clark's mother faint.

Okay... try to forget those scenes when reading this recipe.


Yes, it calls for pigeons.
Don't sing Feed the Birds.
Substitute regular, un-boneless, un-skinless chicken breast.
Baby chicks are just as cute as pigeons.
Or get fancy and buy some cornish hens.
Nobody feels sorry for cornish hens.

Feel better now?

Don't sing Feed the Birds.
It's payback time.
Feed the family.


                        Pigeon Stew
                        
Clean and chop
4 potatoes
4 carrots
4 tomatoes, peeled
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In a large dutch oven heat
1/2 Cup butter
Brown
4 large chicken breasts or cornish hens 
Remove chicken from pan
Fry in same pan
6 small onions, peeled and left whole

Add 
chicken and chopped vegetables
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 Cup chicken broth
Bring to boil

Add
1 Cup peas
1 Cup red wine
Simmer gently 1 hour
Serve with spaghetti or rice if they're big eaters.

And don't sing Feed the Birds.

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