Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pollo Bovicetta Laminato

This dish was inspired by two things. Ok more like three. First- My love of food, Two- My damn diet (Ketogenic) and lastly Three- The need to create as many dishes with my Bovicetta as possible. If you have followed any of my other posts using this delectable piece of meat you know why. I am not going to list them all here but just Google Bovicetta. Truth be told it took me about a week to put this dish together. It had to be perfect so the necessity to ruminate on the dish and all essential components was crucial. It's actually funny reading the previous sentence because it sounds so dang serious. I am not trying to sound serious but the thought of creating a dish without first thinking about every aspect does not work for me. 

I knew from the start that I was going to use chicken and it was going to be stuff or rolled. I started assembling the ingredients. The pic to the left has some of them. Oh and before I forget this post is less about a recipe and more about posterity. I love blogging about new stuff I come up with. Sometimes it includes a detailed recipe and sometimes not. You could easily duplicate this recipe if you can cook at all.

All the shallots were sliced to perfection. Notice I did not chop them.

Gotta love spring onions for this dish. Basically the same as a scallion but they are planted in the fall and harvested in the spring. The green parts are more intense than the scallion green part. The white onion part is less intense than a regular onion too. Slice these up too. 

A picture of the shallots, and spring onions being sauteed. Everything is sauted in olive oil. I also added Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. 

No dish would be complete without Garlic and Sun-dried Tomatoes pack in Olive oil. 

Make sure to rough chop your Sun-dried Tomatoes.

Do not puree. 

Add the finely chopped garlic and Tomatoes and cook for a while. 

Rough chop the parsley and add to the pan. 

Thoroughly combine. 

Have toasted Pine-Nuts standing by. 

Rough chop a crap load of baby spinach. Note: I did this in several batches and added them to the pan in stages. 

Saute until wilted. 

Once you're satisfied with the amount of spinach you have in the dish add the pine nuts. 

Deglaze with your favorite....Port, Tawny or whatever you have on hand. 

My three favorite cheeses Asiago, Pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. Grate them right over the pan.  As much or as little as you want. 

Sorry about the missing picture. I meant to take a photo of all the stuff I sauteed. Anyhow place in bowl and cool off. Put it over ice if you have too. It needs to be at room temp before you start stuffing your chicken breasts. Heck make it the day before if you want.

Start out with very large chicken breasts. If the tenderloin is intact and attached to the breast you have the option of leaving it on. Or you can simply remove and use it for something else. 

Using an extremely sharp knife butterfly the breast open making sure not to cut through.

I pounded out the breast using plastic. I actually used a one gallon bag split open. I love the one gallon bag for this application because it is sturdy enough to hold up to the pounding. Make sure the breast is very moist (add some water) otherwise it will tear during the pounding. The water allows the breast to spread out without tearing.

Stack them all in a pretty plate. I had 6 of them before I stopped. 

Now this is the fun part. We need to create a work surface. I laid out plastic wrap on my cutting board then covered it with parchment paper. Genius 

I covered the breast with the Bovicetta. I used three slices but in the end it was not enough. In retrospect I should have used about six pieces because they were over the top great. I loved all the complex flavors the Bovicetta brought to the dish. Again three was not enough. 

Add some of the stuffing.

Sprinkle on some of the cheese you used earlier. 

Roll it up tucking in the sides.....make it tight. Almost like a burrito. 

Get them all lined up and ready for the next step. 

The chicken cylinder needs additional help to maintain its shape during the cooking cycle in the SV. Using plastic wrap roll up the cylinder stretching the plastic wrap to secure the chicken. It must be very tight. Roll up the ends in the opposite direction which will also aid in securing the chickens shape. Secure the ends with string. Keep twisting the ends until you're satisfied with the firmness. 

All done. 

Vacuum Seal the chicken making sure the cylinders are not touching one another. Note: In addition to the regular vacuum seal I also use the Waring Vacuum Sealer. I don't trust bags. Double vacuum sealing is the way to go for proteins.

 Time and Temp? I used 140.5 f for the water temp which guaranteed the chickens internal  temp would reach 140 f degrees in X amount of time. I planned on Ice-Shocking the chicken so this temp was perfect. If I planned on not Ice-Shocking I would have chosen 135 f degrees (the oven would have cooked them further). I used the PolyScience Sous-Vide App to determine how long to SV the chicken. I love this APP. I typed in the diameter of the Chicken cylinder (biggest one), the temp I wanted the chicken finished at which was 140 F and what temp I wanted the water set which was 140.5. Had I set the temperature of the water at 140 f it would have taken longer. I wanted it sooner than later.

Here is an example. Chicken cylinder is 2.5 inches, Chicken internal temp I desire is 140 f and water temp is 140 f also. How long until pasteurized?  It will take 3:57:3.....three hours and fifty seven minutes and three seconds. 
Raising the water temp to 140.5 (1/2 a degree more) shaves off almost an hour and the chicken internal temp will still be at 140 f degrees. It will take 2:57:27.... two hours and fifty seven minutes and twenty seven seconds. 

All done and dried off!!! If you want to sear them a bit they have to be really dry.

Simple grill for my stove for the searing. 

I won't go into a lot of detail but you need to make a great sauce to go with this keto dinner. I used the Bovicetta for the base.

You probably can't tell from the pic but there's Bovicetta nuggets of love floating around. 

In a large roasting pan cover the bottom of the pan with sauce. Lay your chicken across the top. Cover the chicken with more sauce and cheeses. I like Mozzarella, and all the previous listed cheeses. Roast until cheese is melted. 

Since this is a low carb dinner I made cauliflower rice to go with the chicken. The chicken will be placed on top. 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Warm Aging Trip-Tip with Fish Sauce

My results were so good with my Crazy Sous-Vide Meat Aging Experiment I just had to try it with a Tri-Tip. I won't go into all the crazy specifics but if you want a lot of details click on the link above. I make Tri-Tip at least twice a month so you know I just had to try this wild and crazy technique on this hunk a meat. 
For this crazy experiment I used 3% Fish Sauce and 2% Montreal Steak Seasoning. The Tri-Tip was coated with the Fish Sauce using a BBQ Brush. Anyhow after applying the sauce I sprinkled on the MSS. 

Note: Try to avoid getting fish sauce on your hands if you can. I used latex gloves to avoid that horror. 

The Tri-Tip was placed in freezer for a while so the fish sauce would harden. I was able vacuum seal the Tri-Tip up without worrying about the fish sauce being sucked up into the machine. Now comes the waiting game. Place Tri-Tip in refrigerator for 3 days. 

Sous-Vide at 104˚ƒ for 3 hours. This is the Warm-Aging part. I then cranked up the Sous-Vide to 133˚ƒ and continued cooking for 7 1/2 hours. Note: In the previous experiment using steaks that were 1.5 inches thick steaks I Sous-Vide at 104˚ƒ for 90 minutes. 

This picture represents the finished Sous-Vide Tri-Tip. At the end of the cooking process I Cold Shocked and refrigerated. 

A couple of days later we had it for dinner. Tri-Tip retherm, dried off very well, no-salt seasoning sprinkled on and browned in a very very hot skillet. 

Review at the bottom of the gratuitous pictures. 

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Review- Awesome Tri-Tip. The Warm-Aging process really helped make this a tender piece of meat. The texture was perfect. The experiment was really about combining the Fish Sauce with the Warm-Aging process to see if I could increase the Beef Flavor (UMAI) and produce a very tender piece of meat......SUCCESS. One might think that the Sous-Vide alone could have made this meat very tender too but that would be only half the story. I have made countless Tri-Tip's using all kinds of submerged times. I have Sous-Vide Tri-Tips with times of 6-24 hours and I am here to confess that nothing compares to the Warm-Aging process. You cannot duplicate the Warm-Aging process by simply cooking it longer in the Sous-Vide. And long cooks in the Sous-Vide can have diminishing returns too. Depending on the fat content you could end up with a mushy piece of meat that is also dry. 

Now on to the Montreal Steak Seasoning. Was it needed. Not really. It was awesome though. I should have used 1%-1.5% MSS instead of the 2%. 

Also using using .20% -.25% of just plain salt would have sufficed too. Normally I use .60% salt to dry brine but since the Fish Sauce has salt in the product .20% - .25% would have been perfect. 
The Tri-Tip had the extra beefy flavor I was going for using the Fish Sauce. My daughter commented that it tasted to beefy and it made her feel guilty. I asked her to clarify her statement. The extra beefiness increased her awareness that she was eating a COW. Ha..ha...ha...Mission accomplished.  Anyhow to avoid the extra-extra beefy flavor maybe use 2% instead of the 3% I used. If you're making this for the first time I would not use Montreal Steak Seasoning but maybe .20%-.25% salt instead. The 3 days of dry-brining under refrigeration is absolutely necessary. 

Update- 9/18/2016 : I used the Red-Boat Fish Salt at 1% and it was simply divine. 

Update- 10/26/2016 : Submerged times have been updated. I made Tri-Tip 4 separate times in Sept and reexamined my Submerged times with the help of my kids and wife. 

Sous-Vide at 104˚ƒ for 3 hours and 40 minutes. This is the Warm-Aging part. I then cranked up the Sous-Vide to 133˚ƒ and continued cooking for 6 hours. These new times created what I think is the best texture and juice retention. 

Previous times were 7.5, 9, 12 and 14.