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Showing posts with label Pollo al Mattone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pollo al Mattone. Show all posts

Friday, April 23, 2010

“Pollo al Mattone”-- Chicken under a Brick





When I was doing some research for this post, I discovered that this method of cooking chicken is pictured in Etruscan frescoes.  Given that the Etruscan era ended roughly around 500 B.C., this is unquestionably the oldest recipe I’ve ever shared with you.  And it’s age explains why the translation of the word “mattone” is “paver” in English.   The Etruscans used a stone to weigh down the bird to both flatten it and make its skin extra crispy.  As you’ll see below, with no bricks around, I finally found a use for my free weights…