Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 177: Chicken Cordon Bleu with Smokey Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

For today's post, I thought I'd share the main dish I made at the cook off yesterday.  The cook off was a learning experience for me.  I was disappointed with the whole thing though.  Not that is wasn't well organized.  Some good friends of mine put it together, and as usual, they put a lot of time and thought into it.  I was disappointed in the turnout.  Only two people actually showed up to cook anything.  I'm still glad I did it though. 

First, it forced me to do everything by hand.  At home I'll throw the ingredients in the bread mixer, mix it up and bake it in the DO.  Not so at the cook off.  I had to knead and knead and knead and knead.  Let me tell you, it is no picnic trying to beat egg whites to stiff peaks with a wire whisk.

Second, it made me realize how NOT organized I am when I cook.  Even though I had planned out how I was going to do everything and had all my kitchen tools ready, it wasn't enough.  I really need to work on being more efficient and organized.  I just didn't  use my time as efficiently as I should have. 

Overall, it was a good experience for me.  I found where both my strengths and weakness are.  I also loved that making everything from scratch, using no electricity, outdoors is a real challenge.  I'm certainly not one to back down just because something is hard--I think this blog testifies to that!  : )  I have new found respect for both my pioneer ancestors, who crossed the plains with the Mormon wagon companies, and for the amazing cooks that turnout such beautiful foods at the cook offs around the country!

So you are probably wondering how I did!  With only two people cooking, I won the main dish category with today's recipe and the vegetable category with the vegetable tian.  I got a tripod and a cast iron cornbread skillet.  At least I didn't come home empty handed!

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Smokey Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
10" dutch oven

4 medium boneless,skinless chicken breasts
4 slices black forest ham
4 slices pepper jack cheese (or jalapeno jack cheese for the very brave)
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
raspberry chipotle sauce (recipe below)

On a cutting board, butterfly each breast and lay out flat, skin side down.  Place a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on each breast and close the breast around the filling.  Season both sides of the chicken with kosher salt and black pepper.
Heat the oil in a 10" dutch oven over a full spread of coals.  Carefully add the chicken to the hot pan, skin side down.  Cook for 2-3 minutes and then turn and cook 2-3 minutes more. 
Bake at 350°  for about 15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 155°.  Serve with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce.  Serves 4.

Raspberry Chipotle Sauce:

1 18 oz. jar raspberry preserves
1 Tbs. Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce, seeded, de-ribbed and finely minced
2 Tbs. cider or white vinegar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl.  Taste test for proper ratio of sweetness/tartness/heat.  Add more vinegar, cayenne or minced chipotle pepper if desired.  Remember, this sauce is supposed to knock you socks off.  Otherwise its just raspberry jam!

The Finished Product

This is a terrible pic!  I wish they looked as good as they tasted!

The Review

These were so good!  I don't know if I'll eat regular cordon bleu again.  Okay, I probably will, but I'll wish it had this sauce!  The raspberry sauce was FABULOUS!  It was tangy and smokey and just amazing.  I really loved the kick that the pepper jack cheese gave it.  The ones I made at home last week looked better, but there was no pressure to get them done and I could take a little more time.  Cordon bleu really isn't hard to make and I do it fairly often, but most people are to intimidated to try making it at home, but you really should try this!  Grade A.

7 comments:

  1. Way to go Toni! Glad to hear that it was a good experience. Keep up the good work and you will be a World Champion soon.

    That sauce is soooooo good. Goes on almost anything too. Raspberry-Chipotle Ribs are one of those things I just can't resist :).

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  2. Good for you Toni!!! Keep it up and you will have memories to keep the rest of your life, I know I do, and I will be very proud to say to people "I know her" You are one of the memories I will always have, and your blog.

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  3. I've been looking around at my chaotic workspace, and feeling like I need to get it organized better, as well. The culinary schools refer to it as "Mise en Place", or "Everything in Place". I'm tired of being in the middle of a recipe and not being able to locate a key ingredient. I'm tired of not having room to chop because of the clutter.

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  4. Mark--I know just how you feel. I would love to have all my counters clear and free for me to create my next "masterpiece". Working in my kitchen (or anywhere) would feel a lot less like work!

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  5. Oh my Goodness! This looks great!!

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  6. Nonna--This was super good. In fact, I think I'll make it tomorrow, its been a while.

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