Cooking For Two – The Frugal Gourmet

Don’t eat by yourself tonight, invite a friend to dinner.  In this episode of  The Frugal Gourmet, Jeff Smith cooks a special meal for two just two.  First on the menu is shrimp salad with a vinaigrette dressing served  in a butter lettuce bowl. Whitefish coated with hazelnuts sautéed in oil, with a lemon butter sauce is the second course. Scallops with pesto is third and last but not least is chicken cooked under a brick.   Throughout this video, Jeff Smith emphasizes how much better it is to eat with a friend than to eat alone.  So go ahead, make that call and treat a friend to an extravagant homemade meal tonight.

Chicken Under a Brick – The Frugal Gourmet


  • 1 chicken, 3 lbs
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 t. whole oregano
  • 1 t. whole rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 T. dry white wine


Preheat oven to 375. Place two bricks,each wrapped in foil in oven to heat for 1 hour before baking the chicken. Cut chicken in half. Prepare marinade ingredients by blending together garlic, olive oil, oregano, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken halves in large bowl and pour marinade over them. Rub chicken well with marinade. Allow to sit for 1 hour, turning and rubbing again once or twice more. In large skillet, brown chicken skin side down. No need to turn. Place in a baking pan and cover each piece with a hot brick, wrapped in foil. Bake at 375 for 1/2 hour. Remove from pan. Deglaze the pan with lemon juice and white wine Reduce sauce and serve over the chicken. Leave the bricks in the kitchen! The advantage to this method of cooking is that it drives all the excess water out of the chicken and you get a bird very firm but tender flesh.
Serves 2 to 4

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