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Spatchcocking Your Bird

– or –  How to Make a Limp Chicken You!   In the back of the class… I hear you giggling… You’re the same one that snickered when we made Spotted Dick… and Sticky Buns… Sheesh… Not every thing that sounds dirty… is. Spatchcocking is a dressing procedure that enables you to remove most of the structural bones in the body cavity of chicken or other fowl in order to maximize the heat-to-surface ratios. It’s particularly useful when grilling whole birds. Although, can be just as helpful when you want to reduce the overall cooking time and simplify carving of the breasts (heh..he he heh..breasts.) What you will need… 1 – 3 to 4 Pound Hen (or fryer) 1 Boning Knife 1 Good Pair of Kitchen Shears Cutting Board 4 Skewers Compound Butter (See Recipe Below) and – Plenty of Lemony Chicken Gravy (See Recipe Way Below)   1. Empty the carcass of the offal, neck, and extraneous fat, place back up on a cutting board 2. Feel along the back, and beginning with the …

“Aye Captain – I’m giving it all she’s got!”

There were always a lot of people at my great grandmother’s house. With nine (count ’em, 9) kids of her own, and all of them begattin’ offspring, it’s like someone poured a bucket of water on a box of Gremlins. Being that as it is – at meal time.. pulling together enough grub to feed all those people,  it was always a treat.. well, okay … an adventure.. Fine, … Interesting.. Raising a passel of kids on your own couldn’t have been even remotely sane, and doing it at a time where if you didn’t grow it yourself –  or – couldn’t borrow or barter with your neighbors, you probably went hungry. So a lot of the time, you “made do” with what you had. And, given the times, it was probably never very much. I think due to that, my great-grandmother became a pretty inventive cook. She knew how to stretch food for a crowd into food for a horde. I wont go into all the details now, but there was the time she …