Creamed Chicken with Truffles in Patty Shells

On an episode of Top Gear (UK) ((the only version to watch, in my opinion)), the chaps had a race from France back to England with some precious cargo: black truffles.  Jeremy Clarkson described his expensive fungus as a “mummified Pharaoh’s testicle”.  And quite frankly, that’s what it looks like.

 To be honest, it does kinda look like a piece of petrified pooh.  I have a bottle of truffle oil, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it.  I don’t know where you would get canned truffles, and I cringe to think of what they would cost anymore. (Actually, I just looked.  Strongly consider finding a substitute.  A can of these things cost $108.99 for an 8-ounce can of summer truffles.)  And this recipe calls for 3 cans??  Whatever magazine this clipping came from must have been for millionaires.  Maybe truffles were more prolific back in the good ole days.  So this would have to be pretty damn good creamed chicken to serve for $325+ bucks today.

Creamed Chicken with Truffles in Patty Shells

4 1/2 tablespoons fat

4 1/2 tablespoons flour

5 cupfuls cream

2 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon paprika

6 pounds cooked chicken

3 small cans truffles

1 small can pimentos

3 teaspoons cooking sherry*

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

salt and pepper to taste

dash of cayenne

Melt the fat.  Add the salt, pepper, cayenne and mustard.  Slowly blend in the flour and cook for 3 minutes.  Slowly stir in the cream, blend thoroughly, and cook in a double-boiler over boiling water for 20 minutes.  Stir in the lightly beaten yolks of two eggs and paprika.  Cut up the chicken meat into small sections, slice the truffles and pimentos, and add to the sauce.  At the last, stir in the cooking sherry or lemon juice.  Heat thoroughly, but do not boil.

*One of the best things I have learned over the years of watching cooking shows, is that if you need to use a wine or alcohol in cooking, use something that you would drink at the table.  Cooking sherry, as bottled in the store, is nothing but salt, and it is disgusting.  Use a good sherry that you have at home or add some white wine, or even the lemon juice.  But do not use cooking wine or sherry.  It’s a bad thing!

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