Stuffed, rolled chicken and that thing called baking

I have a friend who thinks nothing of baking anything. Whilst I, in my mind, manage to think about the mess, the ingredients I don’t have at hand and the fact that the last bread I made was so dense it might possibly have been used as a weapon, always makes me re think at least twice!Β When I went to Gothenburg, Sweden I spent a day with my friend. The rain was pouring down and it was a day for being indoors.

 

I was given the task of cooking lunch, my friend decided to bake a cake (just like that!) and even my godson decided to show me how easy it was to make cookies! Said and done we went to the store, I was trying and trying to find out what they liked and what they didn’t like and what, potentially, I was actually going to cook. After having asked about 20 times I was finally presented with boneless chicken thighs! I had spied some cooking chorizo, I didn’t have the time for any slow cooking so this would be perfect!

 

We talked whilst cooking and baking. My friend started by doing the base for the cake. It was a sponge cake base.

 

Cake mix

Cake_Mix

 

 

The cake baked whilst I started to prepare the chicken and home made fries.

 

Chorizo stuffed, bacon wrapped chicken

preparation time 10 minutes

cooking time 5 mins + 20 mins

oven 180C or 350F

serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs, boned and skinned
  • 6 rashes of bacon
  • 1 cooking chorizo (2 if they are very small)
  • 6 tsp goats cheese or any cheese you prefer
  • 1/8 red pepper
  • 1 small piece of leek
  • salt & pepper

Rinse and pat dry the chicken thighs. Cut away any excess fat and trim them if needed. Place the chicken thighs on a bacon rash. Chop the paprika and leek fine. Place some chorizo on top of the chicken, then goats cheese and finally some paprika and leek. Finish with some pepper.

 

ChickenToBeStuffed

 

Roll and either use a tooth pick or string to make nice rolls.

 

Chicken_StuffedRolled

 

Pan fry the chicken all around until brown and set aside until you are ready to finish cooking them in the oven.

 

Chicken_PanFriedForOven

 

Home made fries

preparation time 10 minutes

cooking time 30 minutes

oven 180C or 350F

serves 3

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes or 2/pp
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 3 – 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil

Peel the potatoes or just rinse and cut them like fairly chunky fries. Mix all the ingredients for the fries, place the cut potatoes and the spice mix in a plastic bag or a bowl, shake and make sure everything is coated before placing them on a non stick baking paper and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

 

Add the chicken to the oven when 10 minutes has gone and they will be ready at the same time.

 

We decided that a slaw would be nice and my friend did a delicious carrot and apple slaw. It was as simple as it was good, grate 1 carrot and 2 apples, mix with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and some creme fraiche, salt and sugar. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 

The chicken and potatoes did smell nice and we all tucked in.

 

Chicken_Cooked

 

Chicken_CutInHalf

 

Chicken_Dinner

 

The cake was next, my friend had made some rhubarb and ginger filling. This was the first layer and then she added some lemon curd and finally a layer of meringue before baking it until the Β meringue colored. Β The cake was served with fresh strawberries.

 

Cake_Dressing

 

Cake_Strawberries

 

Cake_Served

 

Needless to say it was delicious and somehow it tasted very Swedish!

 

The next baking project was cookies. I sadly forgot the recipe but the base flavor was coffee and white chocolate.

 

Cookie_Preparations

 

Here is one clue as to why I don’t bake very often, with me it tends to not stay on my hands but go all over myself as well as the kitchen!

 

Cookies_Hands

 

Saying that we happily ate the dough whilst rolling cookies and it was delicious.

 

Cookies_UnBaked

 

 

The cookies were delicious and even if I was very full there was room for a couple!

Cookies_Baked

 

 

After eating the cookies it was time to head to the airport. It was a whirl wind trip home, I saw lots of friends, some not for long enough but worth every minute!

 

I have added this to Javelin Warriors Made with Love Monday, one of the best challenges as it means cooking from scratch, even made easier cooking what is in season and available. If you haven’t seen the blog have a look!

 

MadeWithLove

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12 Responses to “Stuffed, rolled chicken and that thing called baking”
  1. Sinfully Tempting says:

    The recipe (and the cake!) look equally delicious! Definitely saving this one. πŸ™‚

    • petra08 says:

      hi Jeanette

      Thank you, glad you like it. It is easy to make and I think appeals to most eaters, young and old! Especially the fries! πŸ™‚

  2. Ngan R. says:

    It seems like you had a great time with your friend, Petra! And I could tuck into a plate of that chicken and some cookies too! Interesting cake with the rhubarb filling and meringue topping. I’ve never had anything like that!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Ngan

      It was a good day! It is so nice to have just a whole day with no plans and just make them up as you go along! I will get over my fear of baking when the new kitchen is done and bake a proper Swedish cake and blog about it πŸ™‚

  3. Nancy says:

    Oh my, Petra…such a delicious post! The chicken sounds fabulous with that yummy filling…wonderful flavors. I love the photo with your cookie dough covered hands, hehe. πŸ™‚ And that cake…fabulous! It sounds like you had a lovely time with friends.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Nancy

      I am glad you like, chicken is always nice and it must be pretty impossible to go wrong with chorizo and bacon! ha ha
      I am hoping to do some baking going forward, perhaps there will be some more baking blogs, and hopefully my hands won’t look like that! It was my godsons hands and there was, needless to say cookie dough all over him and the kitchen πŸ™‚

  4. flippenblog says:

    Sounds like a nice visit you had there. I also missed the baking gene. Can do it but need to concentrate hard not to have everything end up on the floor. I want to try that salad, the combination appeals to me.

    • petra08 says:

      ha ha the baking gene πŸ™‚ I love that! Thanks Elmarie, the salad was great, just a hint of salt and sugar and the apple cider vinegar really brought out the apple taste! πŸ™‚

  5. I love to bake when I have the time (and ingredients) but nothing is quite as satisfying as the creativity of cooking. I love the chorizo for the stuffing in the chicken and bacon wrapper is a perfect finish… Delicious, Petra!

    • petra08 says:

      Hello Mark
      I am so glad you like it and there is always plenty for friends! πŸ™‚ I will have a better go at baking, perhaps I can wear a bee keepers suit! πŸ™‚

  6. Chris says:

    That’s a wonderful meal indeed. I love chorizo and the combination sounds great and very appealing to me.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Chris

      Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment, I am glad you like it. It is hard to go wrong with chorizo and even better with bacon! πŸ™‚

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