The other day, my neighbor made beer can chicken on the grill for his family. I thought to myself is this a dish that many Jews make? Do we have something that can compare, like Manischewitz Brisket, or Sabra cake?
Actually, Sabra cake doesn’t sound that bad. So, I took some time to find a recipe on the Internet. Here is the easiest recipe I could find.
Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup of mixed spices (Onion powder, garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc)
1 can (12 ounces) beer
Preheat gas grill to medium heat (325°F to 350°F). Remove giblets from chicken cavity. Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry. Rub chicken with oil. Rub cavity with 1 tablespoon of the mixed spices. Sprinkle remaining spices evenly over surface of chicken.
Remove about 2 ounces beer and poke 2 holes in top of can. Hold chicken upright (legs pointing down) and insert opened beer can into cavity. Stand chicken in upright position in center of grill. Position legs to best support chicken (similar to a tripod). Close lid.
Grill 55 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from can before serving.
In my searches on the Web there is no Manischewitz brisket, there is also no sabra cake, although there are numerous people named Sabra, who make cakes. A recipe may not have been what you were looking for in this months article, I figured here is something a bit different. Here are some wines that you should drink with your chicken:
Dalton Viognier Reserve, Israel —This Viognier is a silky smooth white wine with delicate nuances of honey, peaches and apricots. A brief period in barrels has accented those flavors with sweet notes of vanilla and caramel. Remember flowers are what you will smell and taste.
Gamla Chardonnay, Israel — Gamla Chardonnay combines apple, citrus and honeysuckle notes with hints of oak, caramel and spice. The wine`s medium body and elegance make it very drinkable. Gamla Chardonnay is ready to enjoy and will remain in good shape for the next 3-4 years.
Bartenura Prosecco, Italy — This is a wonderful, slightly sparkling wine produced in the Veneto region of Italy. Its slightly fruity, creamy, dry quality makes Bartenura Prosecco the perfect wine to accompany appetizers, pasta, and seafood and chicken dishes. Make this wine as cold as possible. This wine is not champagne, therefore it is not as bubbly.
Ramon Cardova Rioja, Spain — Ramon Cardova is a luxurious example of Spain’s famous Rioja wines. Produced from 100 percent Tempranillo grapes, which are carefully selected from old vines surrounding the town of Haro, La Rioja. With its bright ruby red color, a nose of ripe wild berries and balsamic aromas, Ramon Cardova is ideal with chicken and fish.
Have fun and L’chaim to all.
(Uriel Marcovitz, a Downtown restaurateur and recognized wine expert, can be reached at email@example.com.)