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Dommy’s Dinners: Verdolagas Pt.1 – Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce

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Dommy’s Dinners: Verdolagas Pt.1 – Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce

Dommy | | Jul 25, 2007 02:22 PM

One of my favorite things to do on the Weekends is hit the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Not THE weekend Santa Monica Farmer’s market… but a smaller one. There isn’t as ‘sexy’ as produce there, but it’s got the basics, a great mushroom man and recently a vendor dared to bring in Verdolagas!!!

I wouldn’t have even noticed this, if the lady next to me curtly asked the vendor…
“What is that?!” I looked down and it was Verdolagas!! I tried to explain… but she wasn’t having anything to do with it after she picked it up and uttered “My gosh… it looks like iceplant!” And so she wandered off and I bought two bunches…

And so with my green leafies in hand, I went on my marry way and decided to do a simple Chile Verde Style dish… I used Rick Bayless’ Pork Braised in Tomatillo Sauce as a base of my recipe. So I took about 1lb of Tomatillos, One Onion cut in slices, One Jalapeno, and four cloves of garlic and roasted them under the broiler for a few minutes (Until they become nice and soft and charry, about 5 minutes each side)

Meanwhile, I chopped up my Verdolagas… and giggled when I realized they do kinda look like Ice Plant…

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Anyway, once the salsa ingredients were done, I pureed them and then add about 1 cup of chicken broth just to loosen it up…

I then took three LARGE chicken breasts on the bone and cut them in half. After browning them my dutch oven with a wee bit of olive oil (just to get a good sear). I poured the tomatillo sauce over the breast and then place them in a 350 oven… for about 20 minutes and I added the Verdulagas, put it all back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

To serve the dish, I decided to fish out the chicken breasts and shredded them with two forks so that the flavor could get deeper into the Chicken as it cooled down a bit…

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Finally, I served the dish over brown rice. Sadly because it wasn’t real chile verde… the sauce was a little watery… but it did have a LOT of flavor thanks to the salsa and of course the verdolagas…

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When P. came to the table… he asked “What is that stuff?!” I told him and before he could scoff at eating plant too, he did give it a try and loved it! Hurrah!! Another one converted…

--Dommy!

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