Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bacon wrapped Chicken Drumsticks with Marsala Sauce


Recipe for Bacon wrapped Chicken Drumsticks with Marsala Sauce and book review Manu's Christmas Menu

With the Holiday season approaching, I assume that many are planning their meals, especially if you're going to be a host. There is actually a good news! 
My friend Manuela from Manu's Menu just released ebook covering  an amazing meal and dessert ideas for your holiday table. She wrote 20 Original recipes for an Italian inspired Holiday season and they all look divine.
There was something sweet about this book, and the introduction was really nicely written about Italian food, why food is important to Italian people, and some personal connections as well as how she came to an idea making a digital version of this cookbook called "Manu's Christmas Menu".
Being an Italian food lover myself, I found all the dishes very tasty looking, and while reading the recipes I already started to plan what to serve on my holiday table. 

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Yes, this ebook is written for Christmas and New Year menu purposes, but I would say those dishes are an amazing Italian inspired dish with modern twists for all year round meal ideas. I will probably make them for most family gatherings, potlucks as well as when I just need an idea for lunch or dinner on a daily bases. I tried Manuela's delicious Pasta pasticciata with sausage. The recipe was fast, delicious and most of all, everybody loved it. To mention few more such as  Roasted Vine Tomatoes which had an amazing aroma of garlic and Olive oil, and I cannot forget Beer battered mixed veggies that were out of this world. 

Did I get your mouth to water? I bet I did!  

Among the many dishes she wrote in this ebook, I could not resist Prosciutto wrapped Chicken Drumsticks in Marsala Sauce. Yes, you read it right, Prosciutto. I have a good explanation about this, I promise. 

I bought everything to make this dish. When I woke up the next morning, I was pretty excised to start cooking, but when I opened up my fridge prosciutto was gone, despaired...Yes, ladies and gents, but not to worry I found the suspect! My Husband! Without panicking, I had to substitute with Hickory Smoked Bacon slices. 
I've changed the original recipe by two ingredients; I used rosemary instead of thyme and bacon instead of prosciutto and everything else was almost like original recipe was written. It was so good, crunchy, delicious, juicy...everything that you want chicken to taste like. I paired it with arugula and pomegranate salad, and freshly made buns that were still warm. At that moment, foodie beast was waking up inside of me, thankfully I stopped at two drumsticks, because my mind was playing with me to take one more. 

I would recommend this book because it is truly filled with great recipes for one family to be fully satisfied.  With that being said, It is fairly priced, and you will get fantastic meal and delicious dessert idea for the upcoming holiday season.

Bacon wrapped Chicken Drumsticks with Marsala Sauce
4 servings
Ingredients:
inspired by Manu's Christmas Menu
  • 8 chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 16 Bacon slices 
  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil + 1 for coating
  • 3 Rosemary Springs
  • 5 Tbs. Marsala wine
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven at 410 degrees Fahrenheit (or depending on your oven)
  2. Take the skin off the chicken drumsticks and make a few small slits in the meat so the meat can cook easier. 
  3. Season it with salt and pepper, and rub on all the drumsticks bit of olive oil, then roll the bacon slices on. Since drumsticks that I was quite large, I needed two bacon slices, but if the ones that you have are smaller use only one. 
  4. In a baking dish, add oil, crushed garlic, then add wrapped drumsticks and sprinkle with fresh rosemary needles/leaves. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then add Marsala wine put the dish back in the oven and bake until cooked through, about 25 more minutes (OR when you punch through the thickest part with meat/chicken cooking thermometer and it's showing at least 165F)
Enjoy!

NOTE*
  • This recipe would very well with any part of the chicken, and you can use prosciutto.
  • Marsala is a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily.
  • Having meat thermometer is a knead little tool that it's not expensive but it's great having it around, plus you will know that your cooked meat is safe to eat. 
  • Just in case if you were wondering: According to the USDA, a chicken breast is considered done when an internal temperature of 165F, and the leg and thighs 180F. Otherwise, potentially dangerous bacteria that are known to sicken more than 75 million people and kill about 5,000 people each year can be found in the meat.

Enjoy your weekend and week ahead! 
Your friend,
Sandra 

 

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