Pollo Marengo was, many believed to be Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite dishes. The dish is made by sauteing a small chicken that has been cut into 8 pieces in olive oil and butter with white wine, garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms, then garnished with sauteed Crayfish (Shrimp) and Fried Eggs.
It is believed that the first time this dish was cooked, after Napoleon had defeated the Austrian Army at The Battle of Marengo in Piedmont, Italy, south of Alessandria. After the battle, as Napoleon was hungry and wanting to eat, his chef (Dunand) had to forage for whatever food-stuff he could get his hands on. Chef Dunand’s assistants came back with a couple chickens, mushrooms, crayfish, and eggs, and then the chef went to work creating the dish which Napoleon absolutely loved, and came to be known as Pollo Marengo, named after the town where it was created following the battle there. This was supposedly the first preparation of the dish, which morphed into later to the dish that now includes mushrooms, tomatoes, and wine, which it is believed were not in the first preparation of the dish as made by Chef Dunand. The dish nowadays is most often made with Shrimp instead of Crayfish, and not often done, but just to guild the Lilly for those fortunate to do so, you may shave black or White Truffles over the dish. This later addition of truffles is a nod to Piedmont which is renowned for their decadent White Truffles, though they could not be in the original dish as the battle was fought on June 14, 1800, and White Truffle are not in season this time of the year.
So no matter how the original dish was made and what the ingredients are, Pollo Marengo is quite a wonderful dish that was a bit popular in the 1950s and 60s, but not so much these days, other than with serious hard core foodies and gourmands. If you’ve never tried it, don’t pass up the chance to make the dish. With chicken, mushrooms, shrimp, and fried eggs, the dish is sure to please most any of guests. So enjoy!
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 – 3 1/2 pond Chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Sea salt & Ground Black Pepper
a half pound Button Mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1/2 cup Dry White Wine
½ cup chicken stock
6 San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
4 Tablespoons Italian Parsley, chopped
5 large Eggs
8 large Shrimp, cleaned, divined and shell removes (leave tail on)
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Yes this salad is Badass. It’s got Beets (Love em), Sweet Corn, Baby Black Beans, fresh Asparagus, Carrots, Peas and whatever you want in it. I myself switch it up, depending on what I have on hand at home, and what’s available at the Market, so feel free to do the same. You can add, or take away from the basic recipe below. Naturally this salad filled with nothing but vegetables, legumes, vinegar and Olive Oil is Super Healthy. The salad is absolutely delicous on its own, which I eat it this way, but also like to stretch it out and last me at least 3 or 4 days, so I might peel a hard boiled egg and eat it with the salad for a nice easy light lunch or dinner.
This salad is a great side dish for any meat, chicken, or fish dish, so do use it this way. Make the best of it, always eat your vegetables, everyday and enjoy.
1 pound bag of Trader Joe’s frozen cooked Beets (or fresh Beets if you like)
4-6 ears Fresh Sweet Corn (cooked and cut from the cob) or 1 pound frozen Corn
1 -14 ounce can Black Beans ( I Love Trader Joe’s Baby Black Beans) drained & washed
1 pound fresh Asparagus (cut and cook in boiling water for 4 minutes & drained)
2 medium Carrots – peeled, dice 1/2″ thick and cooked in boiling water for 7 minutes
1/2 to 3/4 cup Frozen Peas, defrosted
3/4 teaspoon each of Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper (or to taste)
9 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Red Wine or Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
Defrost the Frozen Beets, and cut into 3/4 inch dice. Add to a large glass or ceramic mixing bowl. Add all of the rest of the vegetables to bowl and mix.
Add the Olive Oil, Vinegar, Salt, pepper, and Mustard to bowl and mix. You can serve immediately, or place in covered bowl in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.
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A Yummy Popeye’s Fried Chicken Sandwich
“YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE”
In this day and age and for a long time, there is always some sort of new craze and latest thing going on. In the late Summer of 2019 the latest new craze is fast food Popeye’s Fried Chicken and their new Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Chicken Sandwich Wars going on between Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A over who has the Best Chicken Sandwich of all, Popeyes Won the War. Or did they. The war is not over, but it seems most people like Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich better than Chick-Fil-A who up to this point in time has been by far the undisputed King of The Chicken Sandwich in America. That was, until Popeyes came out with their own version of the Fried Chicken Sandwich which many feel is a whole lot tastier. The King has been dethroned. What do you think? We want to know.
Popeyes released their Fried Chicken Sandwich on August 12, 2019. The sandwich features a nice crunchy piece of Fried Chicken Breast on a Brioche Bun with Pickles and Mayonnaise. The sandwich comes in two versions, one with regular mayonnaise and one with spicy mayonnaise. Popeyes Chicken Sandwich was an instant success and followers quickly started a massive Buzz on Social Media for their Love of Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich. Debate over Chicken Sandwiches and whose is the Best and whose is not has dominated social media in the past few weeks, and just two short weeks after Popeyes launched their Chicken Sandwich, they announce the Sandwich was Sold Out and could not be had anywhere. People went nuts. One man in Houston Texas went as far to pull out a Gun and demand a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich at Gun Point. When will it come back. Popeyes promises, it will be soon. But when? If you go to the Popeyes website, it says CHICKEN SANDWICH Be Right Back. “But when?”
I myself have been a long time fan of Popeyes Fried Chicken. Their Fired Chicken and Bisquits are absolutely Great. They use fresh bought chickens, make it fresh, it’s tasty and nice and crunchy, and their bisquits are to me, the Best in The Business. Popeyes is a great company. They make the best Fries around, rice, and other items too, including tasty Louisiana Fried Shrimp.
Dam I missed out on getting one of those Chicken Sandwiches, but like millions of people all across America, I’m waiting to sink my teeth into one of those tasty suckkers just as soon as they come out. I’ll be at Popeyes on West 14th Street in Greenwichh Village New York to get mine. Heck I’ll get two, or 3 or even four. I Love my Fried Chicken.
And speaking of Fried Chicken Sandwiches, and New York, we’ve got a great local one at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken in the east Village of New York. They make the Best Fried Chicken in town, and of course an awesome Chicken Sandwich to boot.
So I wait with baited breath for my very own Chicken Sandwich from Popeyes. But until then, I think I’ll go get one at Wendy’s, then make a trip to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken where I haven’t been to in a while, and I’m due for a trip, especially now that I’m going crazy like everyone else, I want my Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich, I can’t get one yet, so I’ll settle for some others for now. Or better yet, I’ll make one of my own with recipes in The Badass Cookbook will do me for now.
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