Prep 40 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is a dish I cook for special occasions. It is rather rich and is time consuming but well worth it. I got this out of the Nov 85 edition of Bon Appetit. It was in the Bon Appetit cooking class section. This is a recipe by Bruce Aidells. I wrote the recipe as it is in the magazine but I have made a few changes that make it easier for me. I cut the sausage in half and take the casing off. Don't skip the coppa, it's what makes the dish in my mind. I don't use the classic polenta recipe but included it as it was part of the recipe in the magazine. We like to sprinkle parmesan cheese over chicken and polenta.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 4 lbs chicken legs with thigh
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lbs sweet Italian sausage (8)
- 1⁄4 lb dry coppa, cut into1/4 inch dice
- 3 medium leeks, finely chopped (white part only)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1 medium celery, finely chopped
- 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 3⁄4 cup italian dry red wine (such as Chaianti)
- 2 (28 ounce) cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained
- 1 1⁄2 cups rich chicken broth or 1 1⁄2 cups beef stock
- 1⁄3 cup tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crumbled
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano, crumbled crumbled or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon parsley
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1 lb polenta, about 3 cups
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Pour water over mushrooms in small bowl. cover and soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Strain soaking liquid through fine sieve, reserving soaking liquid. Rinse mushoorms; cut out any tough stems.
- Pat chicken dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt butter with oil in heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicke and brown on all sides. Transfer to plate. Pierce sausages with fork. Add to Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium and cook until brown on all sides. Add to chicken.
- Add coppa to Dutch oven and stir 2 minutes. Add leeks, onion, carrot and celery. Reduce heat to low and cook until vegetables soften, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine. Increase heat and boil until almost evaporated. Add mushrooms and soaking liquid, tomatoes, stock and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons fresh basil and oregano. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Return chicken and sausages to Dutch oven. Simmer until chicken is tender and sausages are cook through, about 25 minutes. Transfer chicken and sausages to heated plate. Tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Boil sauce until thick enought to coat spoon; stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Degrease sauce. Spoon polenta onto large platter. Top with chicken and sausage. Spoon some sauce over. Garnish with 1 tablespoon fresh basil. Serve, passing remaining sauce separately.
- Classic Polenta.
- Bring stock and salt to boil in heavy 4 quart saucepan. Add polenta in very thin stream, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until polenta is consistency of thick oatmeal, stirring frequently, about 30 minutes. Mix in butter. Servce immediately.
wonderful recipe.. i did make some changes.. used the same sauce but changed the vegetables.. i used onion, red and orange peppers.. i made a creamy polenta with fresh thyme. thanks for the great recipe!