Friday, January 28, 2011
French Fridays with Dorie- Chicken B'stilla
This week's selection for French Fridays with Dorie is chicken b'stilla (or pastilla, as it's sometimes written). A Moroccan dish, it's savory, sweet and full of exotic flavors. Traditionally made with pigeon, Dorie's version is full of chicken, onions, garlic and spices- ginger, cinnamon, coriander and saffron. Honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar give it a slightly sweet edge, and sliced almonds give it a wonderful toothsome texture.
Dorie says that it's meant to be eaten with your hands at the start of a multi-course meal, but it's hearty and delicious enough to be served as a main course, especially if paired with a nice fruity salad. I had a bit of trouble with the filo dough- my crust didn't turn out as flaky as I had hoped it would be- but it was still crispy with the cinnamon sugar on top. To see how others prepared this dish, visit this week's "FFwD Leave Your Link" page and have a wonderful weekend!