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Friday, September 17, 2010


I love mushrooms.  I really, really do.  I was craving some and I noticed that Mr. Bishop had a meal (not a side dish) made... with mushrooms.  Super coolness.  This one was called "Roasted Chicken Breasts with Duxelles (pp. 219)".
Yay for aluminum foil!
   Now what was really cool was,  I saw the final episode of Masterchef and David Miller was talking about making a Duxelle,  I was so excited because I was going to make some today! If a Masterchef is going to make some,  then I was going to truly make something advanced.
   Now, I had some problems with the dish.  I  did not have the right kind of chicken breasts. So I had to improvise. In came "aluminum foil".  I figured since I did not have any split chicken breasts,  that if I wrapped it tightly in aluminum foil it might produce the same results.  I pounded the chicken flat with a tenderizer,  then put some butter on the chicken and then the Duxelles.   I then wrapped the chicken up like sushi and then put the aluminum foil tightly around that.   The results were not as flavorful as I had expected.  I wonder if I cooked my mushrooms at too high of a temperature or something.  I lost some flavor along the way.  But the aromas were great.  I think I still have lots to learn about Duxelles as a flavor enhancer,  but I am so willing to try this again.

1) I bought some Asian Pears at the farmers market.  I want to grow my own trees... it's easy!
2) Masterchef casting call!  I am not going to do it... but you might be interested!
3)  Duxelle video #1
4) Duxelle video #2

Have you ever made a Duxelle? Leave a comment and let me know what your experience was like!

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