Salmon with Basil Tapanade didn't get you excited, this newest installment of French Fridays with Dorie will. I just know it. I can feel it in my bones.
This week's French Fridays recipe is for Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (page 212). This is exactly the kind of food I love. The chicken is browned and then braised slowly with saffron, sweet potatoes, and a most misunderstood fruit, prunes. Prunes are delicious, and while I wouldn't sit down with a bowl of them, they are absolutely perfect braised along with the chicken.
I'm not going lie to you and tell you that this is a recipe that will take mere minutes throw together. It's labor intensive and and it's messy. I am not a huge fan of messy and browning chicken, or browning anything for that matter, is messy. But this is a classic case of browning equals flavor so we brown.
But all was not lost. Ted loved it. Ted's dad loved it. Kate loved it. And I loved it.
It's four against one. It was divine.
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs. We would prefer if you purchase a copy of Around My French Table for yourselves. Believe me, you will be glad you did. Aside from getting to cook along with French Fridays with Dorie, it's a beautiful book which will inspire you. It's well worth the investment.