Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Romanian Meal

     This is a meal my sister learned to make when she went to Romania, and she taught us how to make it. Now we will teach you! (All of you who are Romanian that read this, hopefully my recipe is correct!)
     Garlic Chicken                    Potatoes                 Pickles (optional)      Green Beans

Garlic Chicken:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut up a five pound chicken into pieces (increase this recipe if needed). Place evenly in a roaster or deep casserole dish. Slice 1 red onion and place evenly around the chicken. On the stove, make a garlic sauce. For a garlic sauce you will  need:
~5 tablespoons olive oil, grape seed oil,or butter
~1 diced bulb of garlic
~5 tablespoons flour (cornstarch, rice flour or wheat flour)
~3 cups water or milk
~1 teaspoon crumbled, dried rosemary
~1 teaspoon basil
~1 teaspoon oregano
~1 teaspoon salt
~1 teaspoon pepper
Melt or heat the butter/oil. Once it is hot, add the garlic and saute, only until it is slightly golden. Stir in flour until thoroughly mixed in and dissolved. Adding the liquid, beat with whisk and cook on high temperature until thickened and creamy, but not heavy.
     Sprinkle generous amount of garlic powder over chicken, until evenly seasoned. Pour garlic sauce over chicken, making sure it is thoroughly covered. Sprinkle a little more garlic over top of chicken that is covered with sauce. Cover chicken with foil or ovenproof lid. Bake at 400 degrees for half an hour, then reduce heat to 325 degrees until meat is falling off the bone. Be sure to baste extra garlic sauce (that covers the bare areas of the roaster) over the chicken fairly frequently.
Peel 8-10 potatoes. Cut into thin strips. Dice 1 red onion and 5 cloves garlic.
Heat 5-8 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet (cast iron, preferably) until it sizzles. Add the onion and garlic, sauteing only until it begins to permeate oil. Add potatoes.
Stir potatoes frequently. Coat potatoes with 2 teaspoons basil, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon rosemary,1 teaspoon parsley, 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika,1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper.
When potatoes are well-coated with oil, place in a casserole dish. When chicken is done, reheat oven to 400 degrees, and roast the potatoes until they are crispy but soft inside.
Green beans:
You can fix these green beans in two different ways.
Either steam them with onion until tender, or fix them in a thin white sauce (smaller recipe from garlic sauce, omitting the seasonings and replacing minced garlic for minced onion; ensuring that the white sauce is not thick.)
You will need 1-2 pounds of green beans.

Serve all of these hot. If you wish, put chilled pickles on the table with the rest of the meal.
Allergen information: This meal is gluten free if you use cornstarch or rice flour as a thickening. 

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