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 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 to make digital version of this cookbook called "Manu's Christmas Menu".
Being Italian food lover myself, I found all the dishes very tasty looking, and while reading recipes I already started to plan what to serve on my holiday table.  

Yes, this ebook is written for Christmas and New Year menu purposes, but I would say those dishes are an amazing Italian inspired dishes 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 daily bases. I tried Manuela's delicious Pasta pasticciata with sausage. 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 from garlic and Olive oil, and I cannot forget Beer battered mixed veggies that were out of this world. 

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

Among 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 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 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 DEElicious dessert idea for 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 on 410 degrees Fahrenheit (or depending on your oven)
  2. Take the skin off the chicken drumsticks and make 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 had were quite large, I needed two bacon slices, but if 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 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 leg and thighs 180F. Otherwise, potentially dangerous bacteria that is 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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29 comments :

  1. Haha your husband may have done you a favour! Your photos are making me, despite being a vegetarian, drool like crazy :D
    Wow!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Thank you so much Guru, I appreciate it!

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  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww! THANK YOU so much for the fantastic review Sandra! I am so glad you like the eBook, it means a lot to me as I really admire your work! Your photos are amazing, they make me drool! I also love American bacon... I wish it was easier to find around here! <3

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    1. Thank you for the inspiration for several of our dinners! It was my pleasure to review your book, I am glad though that you enjoyed reading my review. Have a lovely day!

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  3. Gorgeous gorgeous dish! Now I want that for dinner! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Oh my gosh, Sandra, this is so my kind of meal. I'd be running over to your house if I lived closer!

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    1. Haha...my kind of meal too! Thank you Carolyn!

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  5. Delicious!!! And your photos are making my mouth water!

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  6. So yummy looking! I can imagine the delicious aroma going through your house during the holidays. As for me, the holidays are a time for me to take a break away from the kitchen and enjoy food prepared by others. I haven't even stepped foot in the kitchen during Thanksgiving in ages. But this year, I've decided to make the entire Thanksgiving dinner for my fam....and show them how the pros rock it lol.

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    1. I am not the most "traditional" person but i love to cook over holiday season. Even mashed potatoes taste somehow different hehe...I hope you will share part of your family dinner on your blog, I know it will be delicious!!! Have a great week babe!

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  7. Sandra these look amazing. I cannot get over how much I want to sink my teeth into one or ten of these.

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  8. Oh my.....you're killing me with these gorgeous Bacon Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks! I'm roasting drumsticks tonight for dinner....but I want yours! with bacon!!! Oh my...I better go get some bacon tomorrow and make these. :) They look finger-licking-good! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Yes, I am drooling over your bacon wrapped chicken! Look so delicious!

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  10. Good selection from Manu's book to make! What a recipe and I love your choice of using the hickory smoked bacon. These look SO GOOD!!!

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  11. I got drunksticks yesterday thinking of different menus in mind (just good old Japanese recipe), but now thinking of making this! Got bacon slices from Costco...(I should never buy bacon from costco - huge amount that we have to finish... bad idea!). Something new for our weekend meal. Thank you Manu for the recipe, and thank you Sandra for introducing her recipe! Pictures are so realistic!!!

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  12. How are you suppose to print recipe if it is not printable????????????

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    1. Hi! I just checked on both chrome and firefox and printing is working. Did you click on the "Print Friendly" underneath the post? Let me know if you have any problems!

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    2. Ok...I couldn't let it go so i checked what was causing the problem with printing. Try to copy and paste that link below:

      http://www.sandraseasycooking.com/2013/11/bacon-wrapped-chicken-drumsticks-with.html

      Then Click on the print friendly.....If you found this post through blogloving/feedbriner or any other connections it has more in URL than what I just send you. I think it should work! Thanks!

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  13. I want yo try this recipe but I have a question: do I use the dry or sweet marsala wine? Thanks

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    1. Hi!
      Good Question!
      I used dry but I had few people that actually tried with sweet one and they liked it...as for me I prefer it with dry marsala wine!

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  14. it's amazing
    thank you for the recipe :)

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  15. I made this dish for dinner tonight and my family loved it, the only problem I had though was the bacon never really cooked. I checked the inside of the chicken and it was done, but the bacon was not. I heated up some oil in a skillet and crisped that bacon for about 3 min. and it worked perfectly!

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    1. Chicken was cooked and bacon was not?! How strange...for me first time was other way around :D Also sometimes I turn the broiler maybe last 2-3 minutes to crisp it even more....but that was good idea to pan fry it! Thank you so much for trying, and I am really glad your family loved it!

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  16. Man Oh Man...that was one delicious chicken!!! Just to let to you know that I didn't have any Marsala. I just used chicken stock. It was perfect! Also I cooked little longer but it was all fine. Thanks so much for the recipe! We loved it!

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  17. Sounds delicious! Why do you take off the chicken skin?

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    1. Thank you Heather! I take off the chicken skin because it does have more fat and under the bacon it can't get crunchy...I like skin crunchy, however bacon plays pretty good roll keeping it nice and moist.

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