Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

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Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread
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Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

 

INGREDIENTS:

(Serves 4)

 

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 

4 strips crispy bacon

Cornbread for 4, homemade or store-bought

Cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bunch of diced scallions or 1 red onion, diced

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped, stems and all

1-2 diced avocados

Lettuce for 4

1 stick softened butter

Any other salad ingredients you like

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Celebrate the end of summer with one of your last meals from the grill. This one's fresh and memorable, so savor every bite. I came up with what I call BLT Chicken by making a salad and adding flavors I love together -- chicken, fresh corn, tomatoes and, I thought, why not? Let's butter and grill the cornbread. It has a little crispy edge that makes me swoon, caramelized and buttery on the tongue. 

 Listen, you're free to make the cornbread on a weekend, when there's time to do it from scratch, but feel free to use the supermarket as your prep chef. That's what my pal Jacques Pepin does; he buys supermarket stuff pre-chopped to save time. So you can buy the cornbread made, use a packaged mix, or use that time-honored family recipe. In fact, you can do so much of this on a Sunday night for Monday supper, including wash the greens, dice the scallions, make the dressing, make the corn and slice off the kernels, and  cut the cherry tomatoes in half.

SALAD:

1. Make a salad of your favorite lettuce and ingredients. I add a full bunch of chopped fresh cilantro, fresh corn kernels, diced avocado, cherry tomatoes cut in half, and diced scallions. Toss salad with a vinaigrette. I mix together Ariston Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece, balsalmic vinegar, and the juice of a whole lime or two. A little salt and freshly ground pepper. Taste it and see. Set the bowl aside.

CHICKEN:

1. Grill the chicken breasts and four slices of bacon, cooking bacon until it is crisp. Set the bacon aside to cool. When the breasts have been cooked on both sides, remove.

CORNBREAD

Homemade or Store-Bought

1. Slice the cornbread in half horizontally so that it is about a half-inch thick. 

2. Lightly butter both sides of each slice.

3. Grill one side of the slices, moving them a little so they have nice grill marks and are deep golden and a little crispy. Flip the pieces and grill the reverse side similarly.

4. Serve two pieces per person alongside BLT Chicken.   

PLATING:

Place the chicken breast on a plate, top with dressed salad greens and crumble a sliced of bacon on top. Put two slices of grilled cornbread on the side, or bring them out on a platter, and let guests help themselves. Seriously, I'd make double the cornbread. It's freaky delicious. 

 

FAITH'S LAST SUMMER GIN & TONIC

Rose's Lime Juice

1 lime

1 bottle of tonic water

1 bottle of gin or vodka

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In tall glasses mix 1 part gin (or vodka), and three parts tonic. (My favorite is Fever Tree brand.) Add ½ ounce Rose's Lime Juice. Stir lightly. Serve on the rocks with a slice of fresh lime. (Feel free to cut back or increase the Rose's Lime Juice to taste. I love the way it softens the quinine.)

 

Best Chocolate Cookies in a package

Mary's Marvelous, East Hampton

 

Best Chocolate Sorbet With Toasted Walnuts

Ciao Bella Dark Chocolate 

 

WINE RECOMMENDATION:

$10 - $13

Alsace

Gentil Hugel

Distributed by Frederick Wildman & Sons

 

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