Academy Awards Braised Chicken Drum Sticks In Tomato Sauce With Eggplant, Potatoes, Mushrooms and Kalamata Olives
6 Chicken Drum Sticks- 2.5 Lbs1 Small Italian Eggplant-Skin Off And Cubed3 Celery Stalks-Chopped3 Carrots-Chopped1 Medium Sweet Onion-Chopped1 Small Garlic Bulb- Cloves Sliced Thin16 Oz Jar Of Marinara Sauce1 Cup Of Cremini Or Button Mushrooms-Cut In Half1/2 Cup Pitted Kalamata Olives1 Cup Of Small Golden Potatoes-Cut Into Thin Rounds And Par Boiled1 Sprig Of Rosemary6 Basil Leaves1/2 Cup Chopped Italian Parsley1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes1/2 Cup Red Wine1/4 Cup Of Extra Virgin Olive OilKosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper To Taste1/2 Cup Of Flour For Dredging1lb-Capellini Pasta
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Wash and pat dry the 6 chicken legs, salt and pepper, then dredge in the flour .In a LE CREUSET 3.5 oz Cast Iron Braiser dish over medium high heat, cook chicken legs on both sides until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside . In the same casserole dish, add the olive oil, lower the heat and saute the onions, celery, and carrots until soft.Scrape the bottom of the pan so that all the flavors blend together.
Add the cubed eggplant and cook until soft, stirring so eggplant does not stick. Add more olive oil if needed. Season with Salt & Pepper. Lower the heat and cover.
Cover for a few minutes over low het, then add the red wine, stir, and bring to a boil . Cover and place in the heated oven for about 45 to 60 minutes. After about one half hour, stir in the basil, rosemary sprig and the Italian parsley, Place back in the oven and when 45 to 60 minutes have passed, take out of the oven and place on top of the stove or counter to rest for about 10 minutes.
In a pot of boiling salted water, add the capellini pasta and cook as directed on the package . Drain well. Place some of the pasta on a plate and season with ground black pepper.
Serve each person one chicken leg and a generous helping of the sauce.
Make some garlic bread and pour some of the red wine. Now give yourself an Academy Award for creating such a memorable performance!