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Episode 419 - Sew What?
Chicken Roll
A delicious meal all sewn up...
In doing a episode on sewing, I thought it would be a great idea to not only practice sewing skills but to also to create a delicious meal. Here's a suggestion for sewing up a wonderful dinner recipe, a Chicken Roll.

  • 4 lbs whole chicken, skin on
  • ½ lb strip bacon (you can also use prosciutto, or peameal bacon)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp all-spice
  • 2 boned chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • ham, sliced
  • mushrooms, sautéed (chanterelle, shitake or French truffles)
  • butcher's thread
  • curved needle

Using a boning knife, skin your chicken, slowly removing the meat. Lay skin onto a cutting board. Transfer chicken into a food processor, turn it to high, so it reduces to a fine grind. (*You can also do this by hand, or by using an old-fashioned meat grinder). Add bacon to food processor. Add spices and blend a little longer. Spread mix into the centre of the skin, using a spatula or a knife. Place some chicken breast strips on top. Add a ham slice. Create a pattern, doing a layer of ground chicken and bacon, then chicken strips, then ham. Add mushrooms to the middle layer. Do about five layers of the pattern then wrap it up in the skin. Sew the skin together, starting at the peak and working your way around. Transfer onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350º for one hour. Remove chicken from oven and allow to cool. Cut away the thread. Present in slices on a plate, with a nice mustard sauce or a fine beurre blanc.