Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Comfort Food Plaza Style

I recently read Deborah Davis' book Party of the Century- The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball. Davis' novel is a look at Capote's famous 1966 ball which had all of NYC (and much of the rest of the country) atwitter. Invitations to the event were much coveted, and details of the party were covered in newspapers around the country.

I had always been under the impression that the party was quite lavish. This, however, was not the case. Elegant, yes, over the top, no. Decorations were rather simple. There was a midnight buffet which included eggs and biscuits, but Capote added two rather unorthodox dishes to the menu- chicken hash and spaghetti and meatballs. The chicken hash was a specialty of the Plaza and was one of Capote's favorite dishes.

I thought I would share the recipe for the chicken hash (courtesy of Davis' book), which might be perfect for a cold evening (dieting is suggested after consuming this rich dish!).

Plaza Chicken Hash
4 cups finely diced cooked chicken (white meat only)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup cream sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup dry Sherry
1/2 cup Hollandaise Sauce
Mix chicken, cream, Cream Sauce and seasonings in a heavy skillet. Cook over moderate heat, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.
When moisture is slightly reduced, place skillet in a moderate oven, 350 degrees, and bake 30 minutes.
Stir in Sherry and return to oven for 10 minutes. Lightly fold in Hollandaise Sauce and serve at once.
Makes 4-5 servings.

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