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Aged Cabernet Series Artisan Recipe - June 2012

The foodies from the Wine Lovers Page provided this month's Aged Cabernet Series recipe. The Quick Butterflied Chicken is the ideal accompaniment to this months’ Aged Cabernet Series wine club shipment featuring two award-winning aged Cabernets from Napa Valley.Butterflied Chicken 
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Quick Butterflied Chicken

Ingredients:
• 1 small to medium chicken, 2 to 4 pounds
•  Optional:  Oil or butter
•  Garlic
•  Rosemary or other fresh herbs of your liking
•  Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 450ºF (225ºC) or preheat charcoal or gas grill.

Rinse the chicken and remove liver and other items that may have been stuffed into its cavity. Carefully, using sturdy kitchen shears, cut out the backbone (reserve and use to make stock if desired). Gently flatten the bird and put it in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up.

At this point, many flavoring options are available. You can smash a few cloves of garlic and slide them under the breast skin with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary (or other fresh herbs). You may rub the bird all over with a bit of oil or butter to encourage browning, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Or paprika. Or cumin. Or rub it with soy sauce and sprinkle with Chinese "five spice." Essentially, you can add any flavors you like.

Put the bird in the oven in its roasting pan and cook for about 45 minutes. You can roast it at high heat continually, or reduce the heat to 350ºF (175ºC) after a few minutes, then let it go a little longer, perhaps up to an hour. If you choose to grill instead, sear the bird on both sides over direct heat, then move it to indirect heat, away from direct exposure to the coals, for about 45 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill. Test for doneness by wiggling a leg (the chicken's, not yours!), and if it moves easily, the dish is done.


Pair this recipe with this month's Aged Cabernet Series featuring:
• Monticello Vineyards 2000 Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
• Heitz Wine Cellars 2001 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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