Winter nights call for a big block of jarlsberg, white truffle honey and some salami.
In a perfect world, winter in new york city would go down like it often does in black and white movie montages: snow dusting the eyelashes of harlequin babes, commuters bustling and smoke rising from the streets as an Ella Fitzgerald track ambles and croons in the background.
Meanwhile, in reality, it was -4 degrees in the city the other day (with windchill), high winds fully tilted parallel to the ground as I tried to keep my hat from flying away on the way to the N train. My eyes watered as I looked back to make sure the fresh baguette i had just bought hadn’t been swept away in the gusts that swirled around Columbus Circle.
Headed to Queens to have dinner at my cousin’s house, I knew what we were going to be making on a night like this: that famed prosciutto and sage baked chicken recipe that my mom extracted from some random catalog years ago. We haven’t changed the recipe once because there is no reason to do so. it is perfectly baked comfort.
“Let’s add some dijon mustard?” Allie suggested.
“No, you’re crazy,” I replied.
When a recipe never fails you, it’s best to return the favor.
The skin on the chicken thighs crisps up at the end while helping lock in the flavors and aroma of the prosciutto and sage underneath.
-4 chicken thighs, rinsed
-½ lb. prosciutto di parma
-1 handful fresh sage leaves
-salt and pepper to taste
-2 tbsp olive oil
-preheat oven to 375 degrees F
-coat the bottom of a medium sized baking dish with olive oil
-place chicken thighs, skin side up, into the dish. cut small incisions in the skin in order to peel back skin without removing it from the chicken.
-place 1 layer of fresh sage leaves (approx. 2-3 leaves per thigh) under skin and follow with one layer of prosciutto (1 slice, folded in half). fold skin back over prosciutto and sage. the skin will lock in flavors.
-sprinkle salt and pepper on top of chicken to taste
-bake for about 35-45 minutes.
-set broiler on high and broil for about 5 minutes or until skin begins to crisp up.
-serve and show off.