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Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons
(Chicken Breasts with Mushroom and Cream)
Source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck (Knopf, 1961)
4 supremes (boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Big pinch white pepper
5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced shallot or green onion
1/4 pound diced or sliced fresh mushrooms
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the sauce:
1/4 cup white or brown stock or canned beef bouillon
1/4 cup port, Madeira or dry white vermouth
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons freshly minced parsley
Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rub the chicken breasts with drops of lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a heavy, oven-proof casserole, about 10 inches in diameter until it is foaming. Stir in the minced shallots or green onion and saute a moment without browning. Then stir in the mushrooms and saute lightly for a minute or two without browning. Sprinkle with salt.
Quickly roll the chicken in the butter mixture and lay a piece of buttered wax paper over them, cover casserole and place in hot oven. After 6 minutes, press top of chicken with your finger. If still soft, return to oven for a moment or two. When the meat is springy to the touch it is done. (Please Note: Although Julia suggests to check the chicken after only 6 minutes, I cooked it for closer to 30 minutes. Please use a meat thermometer to ensure the correct temperature before serving!)
Remove the chicken to a warm platter (leave mushrooms in the pot) and cover while making the sauce (2 to 3 minutes).
To make sauce, pour the stock and wine in the casserole with the cooking butter and mushrooms. Boil down quickly over high heat until liquid is syrupy. Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until cream has thickened slightly. Off heat, taste for seasoning, and add drops of lemon juice to taste. Pour the sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Source: “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I” by Julia Child (Knopf, 1961)
0.25 cup sliced, fresh shiitakec mushrooms
1.00 cup sliced, fresh mushrooms
0.25 cup thinly sliced carrot
0.25 cup sliced celery
0.25 cup sliced green onion
3.00 tablespoons butter
1.00 can (14 ounce) chicken broth
0.25 cup wild rice, uncooked
0.13 teaspoon dried marjoram
0.50 cup water
1.00 cup half and half or light cream
2.00 tablespoons flour
1.00 cup milk
Thin carrot strips, for garnish
Cook mushrooms, carrot, celery, and onion in butter 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. After removing several shiitake slices for garnish, blend mushrooms and half the chicken broth until almost smooth. Return to saucepan. Add remaining chicken broth, wild rice, marjoram and water. Bring to a boil reduce heat. Cover and simmer 45-50 minutes, until rice is tender. Slowly stir half-and-half into flour until it is smooth. Add to saucepan along with milk. Cook until thickened and bubbly cook, stirring 1 more minute. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with reserved mushroom slices and carrot strips.