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Searching for chicken with vinegar peppers recipe

AmandaEd Mar 11, 2007 04:03 PM

My m-i-l had a transcendent dish at Hammersley's Bistro in Boston in the early 90's that she describes with incredible gusto. Sadly, she hasn't been able to replicate it, nor has she been able to find a recipe that approximates it. Can anyone help? It sounds amazing and I would love to surprise her with it when she comes over to dinner. TIA!

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    AnnaEA RE: AmandaEd Mar 11, 2007 04:57 PM

    I know that Mark Bittman has a variation of Paul Bocuse' Vinegar chicken out there - but it doesn't contain peppers. Could you describe what you are after a little more clearly , please?

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      AmandaEd RE: AnnaEA Mar 12, 2007 07:18 AM

      It is a chicken dish that contains vinegar-marinated peppers. I believe it is braised.

    2. C. Hamster RE: AmandaEd Mar 12, 2007 08:14 AM

      There are a million recipes for chicken with vinegar peppers out there. It's an Italian standard.

      What about it made it so memorable?

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        AmandaEd RE: C. Hamster Mar 12, 2007 08:27 AM

        C. Hamster, I have been able to find many recipes for chicken with vinegar, but not vinegar peppers. In All About Braising, Molly Stevens had a recipe for pork chops braised with vinegar peppers, but that didn't satisfy my m-i-law's criteria.

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          hotoynoodle RE: AmandaEd Mar 12, 2007 09:35 AM

          hammersley's signature dish is roast chicken. the accompaniments change, but the chicken has been on the menu since he opened. home ovens will never replicate what a commercial one can do for roasting meats. maybe that's part of the problem?

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            AmandaEd RE: hotoynoodle Mar 12, 2007 10:02 AM

            That's an interesting observation, hotoynoodle. Could definitely be part of the problem.

      2. C. Hamster RE: AmandaEd Mar 12, 2007 08:54 AM

        Lidia B. has one, I am pretty sure. I think it's in the book I have at home. But I don't think it's braised.

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          Old Spice RE: AmandaEd Mar 12, 2007 11:38 AM

          There are some very good braised vinegar chicken recipes in Patricia Wells' "Bistro Cooking." I don't have the book with me now, but there's also a Basque Chicken recipe that, I believe, includes peppers (don't recall whether they're fresh or pickled). While not exactly what you're looking for, these bistro-tested recipes might give you a good starting point for experimentation. Don't know about you, but I think detective work using taste-buds is fun.

          Another excellent vinegar chicken recipe (my favorite) is in "Saveur Cooks Authentic French."

          Good luck.

          1. pitu RE: AmandaEd Mar 12, 2007 11:52 AM

            In the Gourmet Garage cookbook there's
            Chicken With Shoes (Chicken In Shoes? you get the idea)
            The "shoes" are Greek peppers/pizza peppers/pepperoncini in a jar
            It's a stovetop braise with chicken parts, Italian pork fennel sausage, red bell peppers and onions. Deeeeeelicious crowd pleaser.

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              Cheese Boy RE: pitu Mar 12, 2007 07:49 PM

              Definitely a crowd pleaser if you can find a good preparation.
              It's Chicken Scarpariello. The best I've ever had was many many years ago in Mamaroneck, NY . It has never ever been duplicated, thus my search goes on.
              I prefer the version w/o sausage and with chicken on the bone.

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              diavanna RE: AmandaEd May 25, 2007 09:17 PM

              I think I know which one you are talking about; sauteed chicken with red wine vinegar. It appeared in the minamalist entertains section of the NY times about 4 years ago along with a recipe for scalloped potatos and the best choc. mousse I've ever made..

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