Sunday dinners are a great time to experiment with different recipes. The days are less hectic. You still have some energy because you weren't at work all day where your vital essence was sapped. You can eat dinner in the middle of the afternoon, or late at night. I, in case, you didn't notice, love Sunday dinner. Ramsay proposes the following meal for a Sunday dinner. I agree, it's too much for a weeknight dinner.
Add the slices of lemon and let simmer until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
In the meantime (I mean, cooked simultaneously), prepare the Champ (fancy mashed potatoes).
Season liberally with salt and pepper. And stir until smooth and creamy.
So, Gordon says it will take about 10 minutes to prep the chicken and 25 minutes to cook it. What planet does he live on. The chicken has bones in it. Breasts cook at a different rate than thighs. I checked the chicken at 25 minutes and the juices ran, not just pink, but almost red.
The overall results? The champ was good, but it was just like regular mashed potatoes. The banana splits were an average dessert. Maybe if the bananas actually caramelized, it would have been something special. The chicken made the kitchen smell divine. Cut up lemons and garlic are wonderful smells - who would have thought they would work so well together. But in the dish? I really liked the sauce on the chicken, but it was disappointingly bitter. I suppose it was the lemon with the peels on it. I really liked the soy, sherry and honey combination. I keep thinking if I could have just garnished the chicken with a splash of lemon and a few slices that would have been really good. Maybe I should have just used a tablespoon of lemon marmalade, instead of that along with the lemon slices. I read Blue Kitchen's review of the same dish and she summed it up pretty well, too. One of her readers, The Perfect Pantry, remarked that she could imagine making a roasted chicken using the same flavors. I think that would be wonderful. Imaging filling the cavity with lemon halves, garlic cloves, springs of thyme. Then make a baste of lemon juice, soy, vinegar and honey.
Was it quick? Did it take less than 45 minutes like Ramsay swears it would be? No. It was like a real Sunday dinner that took almost 1-1/2 hours.
Please, don't let my negative comments about it deter you, though. I've actually made this meal twice. There's something about it that keeps bringing me back. I think the promise of the flavors is huge. The first time I was disappointed and surprised by the bitterness. This second time I was still disappointed by the bitterness, but I was hoping I just did something wrong the first time I made it. Now I can analyze it better and determine how best to approach it the third time I make it.
"Sticky Lemon Chicken, Champ and Banana Splits -- Done."