I picked up As Always, Julia on the sale rack at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago. The edited letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. A friendship created in letters about food, politics, family, housekeepers and the cookbook. I’m about half way through and am in love with these two women.
This recipe is from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Substitution made, noted below.
Suprêmes de Volaille à Blanc
4 suprêmes (boned breasts from tow fryers) – I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
Big pinch white pepper
A heavy, covered, fireproof casserole about 10′ diameter – I used my dutch oven
A round of waxed paper 10′ diameter and buttered on one side
4 tblsp butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rub the suprêmes with drops of lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in the casserole until it is foaming. Quickly roll the suprêmes in the butter, lay the buttered paper over them, cover casserole and place in hot oven. After 6 minutes, press top of suprêmes with your finger. If still soft, return to the oven for a moment or two. When the meat is springy to the touch it is done. Remove the suprêmes to a warm platter and cover while making the sauce (2-3 minutes). My chicken took about 17 minutes total to cook.
For the sauce:
1/4 c white or brown stock or canned beef bouillon
1/4 c port, Maderia, or dry white vermouth
– I used a brown vegetable broth, and didn’t have any wine on hand. So I substituted 1 1/2 tblsp of Balsamic Vinegar and stock to fill a 1/2 c.
1 c whipping cream
Salt & Pepper
Lemon juice as needed
2 tblsp fresh minced parsley
Pour the stock and wine into the casserole with the cooking butter and boil down quickly over high heat until liquid is syrupy. Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until cream has thickened slightly. Off heat, taste carefully for seasoning and add drops of lemon juice to taste. Pour the sauce over the suprêmes, sprinkle with parsley, and serve at once.
Holy Shmoly this sauce is rich and buttery. But, we were having some friends over for dinner and I didn’t take enough time to thicken the sauce. I served the chicken with red quinoa and fresh green beans. Perfect meal for a summer night.