Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Coffee chicken & cheddar cauliflour pancakes

Brian gave me the puck from the double shot of Sidamo he made for me this afternoon, so I decided to see if it would work as a meat rub. Thanks Guy Guy for the inspiration!

Coffee Chicken:
2 chicken leg quarters
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil

1 heaping tsp used Sidamo espresso silt
2 cloves garlic, pastified

1 cayenne pepper, crushed
1 tsp grain mustard

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice onion, add to bottom of pan, add olive oil over top. Mix rub ingredients together and rub all over seasoned chicken quarters.

Put in oven, turn temp down to 375 and bake for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through. Baste with olive oil halfway through to get golden and crispy skin. Rest for 10 minutes before eating.

The chicken was moist and tender. The skin was flavourful and crispy The espresso silt wasn't as strong as I thought it would be, but it was quite tasty!  The coffee definitely complimented the chicken. I wouldn't hesitate to use silt in a rub again. Next time I'll use more rub on the chicken and mix some fat into the rub itself so it coats more evenly.

Cheddar cauliflour pancakes:
1/3 head cauliflour
1/2 C old cheddar, grated
1 jalapeno, chopped
5 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
1/2 C bread crumbs
1 egg
salt & pepper

Steam cauliflour until tender.

Break up cauliflour with a fork in a bowl, add next 4 ingredients. Mix in egg and form into 4 equal sized patties. Coat patties in flour so they brown and stay together better. Saute in olive oil until brown and crispy on the outside.

They were crispy on the outside, creamy inside and very cheesy. These could just as easily have been a replacement for mashed potatoes. The jalapeno didn't come through at all but the thyme worked well. Sauteing in butter would have tasted better, but it always does. Tasty enough to make these again.

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