Sunday, December 30, 2012


yields eight servings

1 2- to 2 1/2-pound chicken, with giblets
1/4 pound double-smoked slab bacon
6 ounces hot Italian sausages
6 ounces sweet Italian sausages
1/4 pound linguica, chorizo or pepperoni
2 medium yellow onions, peeled
6 large branches parsley
3 quarts cold water
6 ounces day-old French or Italian bread, cut in 1-inch cubes
10 small sprigs mint
3 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a large heavy kettle over moderate heat, bring the chicken, its giblets, the bacon, the whole sausages, the onions, parsley and water to a simmer, skimming off froth. Cover and simmer slowly 1 to 1 1/4 hours until the chicken is very tender. Arrange the bread cubes over the bottom of a 5- to 6-quart shallow heatproof casserole and scatter the mint sprigs evenly on top. When the chicken is done, lift it and all sausages from the kettle and cool until easy to handle. Discard the bacon, onions and parsley, then skim as much fat from the kettle liquid as possible. Add the pepper and 2 teaspoons of the salt, raise heat to high and boil uncovered while you cut up the meats. Slice the sausages 1/4 inch thick and lay in the casserole on top of the mint. Coarsely chop the giblets and scatter over all. Separate the chicken meat from the bones and skin, cut in bite-size pieces, and lay in the casserole. Taste the broth for salt and add more if needed. Pour the boiling broth into the casserole and let stand 5 minutes. Ladle into soup plates and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jean Anderson, "In Portugal, Cooking Via Moliere," The New York Times, March 4, 1987

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