Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Special Sunday Supper

Even when it is just the two of us, we almost always eat in the breakfast room and if it's dinner time, the candles are lit.

After a day of football, this Sunday evening seemed to call for a special supper.

And after the last football game, I lit the candles and we enjoyed a special dinner . . . we started with a salad and then . . .

Chicken in Marsala. Ever since last Thursday, when Bonnie, from From a Writers Kitchen posted this recipe, I craved it. Sunday night seemed the perfect night to replicate Bonnie's dish (although mine is not as pretty as hers). You can see for yourself -- HERE

The recipe came from one of Marcella Hazan's earliest cookbooks, Classic Italian Cooking. I've heard of her but alas, not one of her cookbooks grace Linderhof's shelves. And after making and eating this wonderful Chicken in Marsala, I think I will have to rectify that!!!!

As Bonnie said, it is easy to prepare and it is definitely yummy and actually, quite a company dish!!! There is always a bottle of Marsala in Linderhof's pantry and with chicken breasts in the freezer . . . it could be one of those "pantry meals"!

I served it with white and wild rice and some peas. It was so good that husband Jim and I almost (I said almost) licked our plates clean!!!

Dessert this Sunday. I'm sorry to say that desserts at Linderhof (for a while at least) will be saved for company dinners.

Thanks, Bonnie, for a great recipe that I will definitely make again and again! It's terrific!

The recipe, shamelessly copied from From A Writer's Kitchen!


3 T. olive oil
1 pound boneless chicken breasts
3/4 cup flour
1/2 t. salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 c. dry Marsala
3 T. butter

In a heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat.

Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides and dredge in the flour. Shake off the excess. When the oil is quite hot, slip the chicken into the pan carefully, reduce the heat slightly and brown on both sides. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a warm platter and cover.

Drain off most of the fat. Turn the heat to high and add the Marsala. Boil briskly for about a minute, stirring to deglaze the pan. Reduce the heat and add the butter, stirring until the sauce starts to thicken. Return the chicken to the pan, turning to coat. Serve immediately or turn the heat very low to hold for no more than a few minutes. Serve with pasta, roasted potatoes or rice.


Pondside said...

Oh that looked delicious! Poor Great Dane is having bacon and eggs tonight because I have book club - but I can promise him this dish one night soon.

Lottie said...

This looks so wonderful and easy for me to do! Thanks for posting this recipe!

nannykim said...

I have trouble finding Marsala--I have trouble spelling it too! Do you have a problem finding it?

From the Kitchen said...

Martha, I'm so flattered that you chose to do my recipe--after all, there are some great meals served at Linderhof!! I think the chicken marsala looks delicious on your blue and white China.

I've recently enjoyed a great "discussion" with Marcella Hazan on Facebook re Italian cooking. I have four of her cookbooks. I had more but a few found their way to my younger son's kitchen!!


Janean said...

how wonderful that you light candles for an intimate supper (which sounds fab!)

adore the photo!

nannykim said...

Thanks for the info on the wine. I don't know why more stores don't carry it since a lot of recipes call for it!

Savannah Granny said...

Sounds soooo yummy! Ginger

On Crooked Creek said...

That chicken looks delicious! The candlelight dinner is always a favorite with me, as well! Thank you for sharing. . .even if you did copy. After all. .. isn't that why we blog? To gain inspiration from one another! You certainly inspired me!

Sue said...

Chicken Marsala is one of my favorite Italian meals. Yours looks delicious. Hope you are enjoying all of your snow, we are starting to get it not too.

Kelly said...

Beautiful table setting and the meal sounds and looks wonderful too!