March of dimes bastilla (chicken moroccan pie)

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 Chicken; (2 1/2- to 3-lb) cut up
1 Whole chicken breast; halved
Salt; pepper
Unsalted butter or margarine
4 Chicken livers; diced
4 Chicken gizzards; diced
4 Chicken hearts; diced
1 cup Minced onion
2 Garlic cloves; minced
2 tablespoons Chopped parsley
2 tablespoons Chopped mint
1 teaspoon Grated gingerroot
½ teaspoon Ground cumin
½ teaspoon Red pepper
½ teaspoon Ground turmeric
1 teaspoon Crumbled saffron threads
3 tablespoons Ground cinnamon
3 cups Chicken broth
10 Eggs; well beaten
¾ cup Chopped almonds
2 tablespoons Granulated sugar
10 Phyllo dough sheets
½ cup Golden raisins; soaked in:
½ cup Rum; warm
1 tablespoon Powdered sugar

This handsome bastilla won first prize in a March of Dimes cookoff. It's easier to make than it looks once one develops the knack of handling phyllo dough. Pat chicken pieces dry and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in skillet and brown chicken well on all sides. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add livers, gizzards, hearts, onion and garlic to skillet and cook, stirring, until onion is tender. Stir in parsley, mint, ginger, cumin, red pepper, turmeric, saffron and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Stir and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add broth and bring to boil, stirring. Return chicken to skillet and simmer, covered, about 1 hour, or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from broth. When cool enough to handle, discard skin and bones and cut meat into chunks. Skim fat from broth. Pour off 2 cups broth and reserve. Reduce remaining broth to ½ cup. Scrape bits from bottom of pan and reserve reduced mixture. Return reserved 2 cups broth to pan and bring to simmer. Pour eggs into simmering broth and whisk until soft creamy curds form. Drain off excess liquid, if any. Stir in reserved reduced mixture. Brown almonds in ¼ cup butter.

Toss with granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Melt 1 cup butter.

Overlap 6 sheets phyllo dough in circle in 12-inch skillet or paella pan, first brushing each sheet with melted butter and letting about half the length of each sheet hang over pan edge. Fold 2 more buttered sheets in half and place in middle of pan. Layer almonds, half of egg mixture, chicken, drained raisins and remaining egg mixture in pastry-lined pan.

Fold sides of dough up over filling, brushing dry areas with more butter.

Tuck ends in around edges. Place 2 more buttered and folded sheets of phyllo over bastilla, gently tucking in edges to form smooth surface. Brush generously all over with butter.With sharp knife, score top in diamond pattern. Bake at425F 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Carefully slide onto serving plate and sprinkle lightly between diamonds with mixture of powdered sugar and remaining 2½ teaspoons cinnamon. Serve warm. (C) 1992 The Los Angeles Times

Posted to MasterCook Digest by Nancy Berry <nlberry@...> on Mar 17, 1999, converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

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