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Red Wine Raspberry Sauce & Fried Risotto Zucchini Cakes – Awesome.

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It was a night of adventure with disaster looming around the corner. Having never truly fried ANYTHING before and having no idea what to do with the chicken for such an awesome sounding sauce, starvation may have happened. Luckily I had a fantastic sous chef and Rex-Goliath on my side.

The meal:
Chicken cutlet fillets smeared with a Red Wine-Raspberry reduction, Risotto Zucchini Cakes, Steamed green beans and HRM (His Royal Majesty) Rex-Goliath.

3 pans and 16 utensils later, finally got things working right

Making the Raspberry Sauce — After cooking all pieces of chicken, remove and set aside to keep warm. Mash about 3 ounces of raspberries with the back of a spoon into a bowl until almost liquified. Add a cup of red wine, half cup of water, mashed raspberries, and a spoonful of thyme to the pan keeping medium heat. As the sauce reduces and the water boils away add a bit of brown sugar to sweeten things up a bit. The raspberries can be pretty tart. It’ll take ~10 minutes to reduce down… there should be about 1/3rd cup of sauce to drizzle on the fantastic pieces of meat.

Making the Risotto Zucchini Cakes — While cooking the risotto as normal, grate the zucchini into a bowl and set aside. Once the risotto is cooked dump zucchini and a spoonful or two of corn starch to thicken our gooey cakes to be. Mix well. We tried a couple different methods for forming the actual cakes, as using our hands wasn’t quite what we envisioned while drinking the blood of Rex Goliath. Dirty hands mean dirty glasses! Using both a wooden and slotted spoon, my sous chef was able to squish out some remnant liquid. We didn’t want our cakes falling apart in the vat’o’oil.

The Legend of Rex-Goliath — At the turn of the century, HRM (His Royal Majesty) Rex Goliath was a treasured circus attraction. Weighing in at 47lbs (holy crap!!!), Rex was billed as the “World’s Largest Rooster.” Our wines are a tribute to Rex’s larger than life personality with big, fruit0forward flavors sure to please.  Our hearty Cabernet is dark and intense – it’s long on fruit and short on attitude.


That's Rex-Goliath there in the bottle.

Red Wine Raspberry Sauce
~3oz Raspberries
1 cup Red Wine (HRM Rex-Goliath)
4 Dashes of thyme
Chunky Chicken Pan Bits. From the pan. Scrape Scrape Scrape!

Risotto Zucchini Cakes —
1/2 cup uncooked risotto
2 Fresh Zucchinis
italian spices

Total Time ~45 minutes if you know how to fry things and make cake style things. This time around was almost an hour and a half.

Serves two, no leftovers. Total cost per plate: ~10$


Written by Brent

February 2, 2010 at 12:35 am

Posted in Chicken, Risotto, Side Dish

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  1. WOW! Sounds really, really good. GLad you clarified the Rec-Goliath thing; sounds like you had adequate asistance. And, yes, that kind of assistance sometimes creates delays in the execution of otherwise outstanding achievements, such as actually being able to eat said achievements before midnight! And, remember — if it doesn’t turn out right or gets burned, just turn down the lights!


    February 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

  2. Sounds great!! Unusual, delicious-sounding ingredient pairings and a fantastic back story to the wine. 🙂 haha Evan and I will have to try it out.


    February 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm

  3. […] it… rista! There are so many variations on risotto it’s ridiculous. Chipotle Risotto, Risotto Cakes, and now this! This lovely dinner was served with perfectly cooked Green Beans and a beautiful […]

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