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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 6, Day 2

Chicken with Mascarpone and Shallots
Roasted New Potatoes with Chives
Sunchoke Gratin

Cooking time: 45 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     We'll use the rest or most of the Mascarpone here.... If there's any left, spread it on the pizza, under the tomatoes ;-))  

Chicken with Mascarpone and Shallots  

Total time: 45 minutes
     I occasionally find a chicken recipe that leans more toward the decadent than the healthy and reserve it for a Saturday dinner (rather than a Monday).  This is loosely based on a recipe I saw years ago in Cooking Light magazine. I cut the chicken breasts in half, but you can leave them whole if you prefer.

Chicken with Mascarpone and Shallots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted New Potatoes with Chives

Total time: 35 minutes
   New potatoes are early, tiny, immature potatoes of any color, usually 1" (2.5cm) or less in diameter. They have a high moisture content, are very creamy and usually cooked whole.  If you can't get new potatoes, use regular potatoes, cut into 4ths or 6ths.

Roasted New Potatoes with Chives Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sunchoke Gratin

Total time: 30 minutes
   These gnarly roots are delicious and easy to fix.  Select sunchokes that are firm and with fewer rather than more knobby bits.  There is no need to peel, but scrub well.

Sunchoke Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, medium saucepan with steamer
basket and lid, gratin dish, baking dish, dish for
marinating

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Mix marinade for chicken
Cut chicken if desired, add to marinade, set aside
Scrub potatoes, toss with oil, bake
Peel shallots, garlic
Slice Prosciutto
Sauté shallot, garlic, Prosciutto
Peel sunchokes, steam
Sauté chicken, reserve marinade

Snip chives, set aside
Turn chicken
Add marinade, stock, herbs, etc to chicken
Cover, simmer
Remove sunchokes, slice
Assemble sunchoke gratin, bake
Stir potatoes
    Pause while it all cooks
Remove chicken, shallots, garlic, keep warm
Increase heat under skillet
Dissolve cornstarch in stock, add, thicken
Remove potatoes, add butter, chives
Remove sunchokes
Add mascarpone to stock, stir
Pour sauce over chicken, serve all