Recipe Review: Chicken a la Diable, Vegetable Tian, Banana Tartes Tatin


Three easy recipes from Bon Appetit’s October 2011 Fast, Easy, Fresh feature make a nice, simple meal.  Chicken a la Diable: chicken breast is dredged in flour, then egg+dijon mustard+cayenne pepper, then bread crumbs.  Fry one side to golden crispy-brown, then finish in the oven.  Vegetable Tian: sliced sweet potatoes, eggplant, zucchini are tossed in a sauce of butter, anchovies, garlic, and nutmeg.  Sounds strange, but it worked.  Roast in the oven, and then top with parmesan cheese.  The sweet potatoes took a bit longer to roast then the 20 minutes suggested, more like 40 minutes.  Banana Tartes Tatin: butter a baking dish, toss with brown sugar, line with banana slices, top with puff pastry, bake, invert onto a plate and top with vanilla ice cream.  Simple and delicious caramelization of the brown sugar and bananas.  All three dishes can be done in the oven more or less simultaneously, making preparation pretty efficient.  Easy weeknight dining!

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