13 February 2009

Chicken Wellington for Love & Valentine's Day

Chicken Wellington
The very talented mother/daughter duo of Equal Opportunity Kitchen are planning a wedding. Yes Psychgrad and R are getting married!! Congratulations are definitely in order. Do we remember the days? What a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than rejoicing in the love of a young couple.

As we all know there is a lot of planning involved in the big day!!! To get some ideas from all of you talented bloggers Psychgrad is holding another rendition of their very popular Tried, Tested and True event Tried, Tested and True - Wedding Edition.

What would you serve to impress a group of approximately 20-30 people? Since I am an overachiever this is my second dish I am sending their way to help out virtually. Before it was Turkey Pinwheels. If only we could all be there to help with the cooking and preparation, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand, to allow the guest of honour to enjoy herself to the max!!!! I think that a morning being treated at the spa is in order...nails, hair, facials, massage........especially the latter!!!!

This is such a simple recipe....and yet again it can be made well in advance. You can change the ingredients however you like. It is really more like a very delicious baked sandwich that is eaten at room temperature.

Be sure to check out the 7 (or more) things I LOVE below in honour of love and weddings and Valentines Day!!
Happy Valentines Day....7 Things That I Love
in no particular order

Blogging events and all the fantastic bloggers who make me smile every day and challenge me to want to achieve culinary greatness!!

Cooking schools worldwide where you connect and become part of an instant family of guests, amazing cooks and chefs and share a common passion. Hiking, making friends with local artisans, dancing, lazing away hours over excellent local wines and good conversation...I could say so much more....cooking vacations are the way to go!!!!!

Hiking and pole-walking to breathtaking vistas like this one here in the valley. A chance to dream....

Travelling to far off and interesting places.

Local wineries and fine wine go hand in hand.....

Good food and conversation with good friends....

My Family, and all my extended family..................

My daughter.............

Pansies, daffodils, hydrangea, muscari.............

I could go on for ever.....
On to the recipe.......

**Chicken Wellington**

1 package puff pastry thawed
1 tablespoon (15 mL) melted butter
2 oz (60 g) fresh spinach
4 oz (120 g) sliced Swiss cheese
4 oz(120 g) sliced ham
8 oz (225 g) sliced chicken breast

Preheat oven to 400 F(200 C).

Roll out puff pastry into a 10 x 10 inch sheet. If you live where you can buy sheets...lucky you!!!!) Layer with spinach leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border on all sides of pastry sheet except for the side closest to you. Layer chicken then ham,then Swiss cheese in the same manner always leaving 1/-inch (1 cm) border except on the side closest to you.

Roll the ingredients inside the pastry like a jelly roll until you reach the end. Bring the puff pastry around to meet in the middle like a package. Pinch these two pen ends shut; turn over so that seem is on the bottom. Cut diagonal slices along top of pastry every 2-inches (5 cm).

Place the roll on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400F (200 C) for 15 - 30 minutes (depending on how thick you have made your roll) or until pastry turns golden brown. Slice diagonally and serve.

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  1. just lovely... happy valentine's day!!! :)

  2. You ARE an over-achiever. Whoever gets to eat your wonderful food is sure lucky!

  3. I like it! I have never seen a chicken version of the "wellington" before, but it sure looks delicious.

  4. Wonderfully tasty! Delicious!



  5. What a wonderful over-achiever & 'good friend' you are Val. The idea of the 'wellington' is very smart!

  6. I like your take on "beef Wellington". It is far more elegant and a lot less fatning!!!!

  7. I think the "original" recipe is Beef Tenderloin Wellington .. and it's much richer! It has foie gras and puff pastry (which, as we know, has plenty of butter) So I like this low key (or lower calorie) version.

  8. That's so clever! I just saw an old episode of The Next FoodTV star and they had to make a beef wellington in 45 minutes. This is suck a smart way of preparing a usually slow-cooking dish! Definitely an over-achiever. Plus, it's kind of like a chiken wellington, chicken fluorentine and chicken cordon bleu all in one! Sounds like the perfect combination.

    Thank you for your SECOND (!) submittion to TTT3! You're awesome.

  9. What a lovely post! Speaking of lovely, your daughter is a real beauty! I love your list, and echo it as my own. Your recipe today is stunning. It looks like something from one of those very fancy luncheons where the servers wear white gloves. Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Beautiful daughter! Wonderful things and people to love! Great list.

  11. Happy Valentine's Day. It sounds delicious and easy to make. Your daughter is beautiful just like her mom.

  12. That looks so delicious! Where do you buy your puff pastries? :)

  13. Val, we connect so much. I love all of the things you love. What a beautiful daughter.

    Happy Valentine Day!

  14. Val the food is beautiful but your daughter is so lovely!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  15. first of all, your daughter is stunning!
    secondly, i'm pretty sure you could wrap a shoe with puff pastry and make it delicious. :)

  16. you really do know how to enjoy life. wonderful choice of 7 things! I owe you a personal email about bloggeraid, too. I know I had talked to Ivy about it some months ago, but then I got slammed with some traveling and time sensitive events... but i'm back and ready to get actively involved!

  17. Great post, Val. And that wellington looks perfect...but then how could anything with puff pastry and cheese not look perfect? :)

  18. Lil Burnt Toast is absolutely beautiful! I dream to go to a cooking school in Italy one day, and to see that gorgeous valley of yours!

  19. Wonderful post. I would have to agree with you on all of your chices, 100%. Your daughter is lovely, must run in the family.

  20. Oh, chicken wellington! Okay...anything combined with puff pastry gets my vote as a huge winner, but this in particular sounds heavenly! And I enjoyed the photos of *7 things you love*...your daughter is so beautiful, and she definitely favors you, Valli. :-)

  21. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    Oh, and i got so excited about the recipe that i forgot to comment on your beautiful daughter!!

  22. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    Again.. what can i say, i am bookmarking this also. Love the idea of the sliced chicken instead of the breasts that i use. I have puff pastry in the fridge, going to get chicken and cheese tomorrow!!


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