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Old 01-25-2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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Need flambeing help/info

I've never tried flambeing i.e. throw in the brandy, cognac etc & take a match to it. Any advice? TIA

Here is a recipe I would like to try, that has red wine and cognac, but don't have a fire extinguisher :

COGNAC CHICKEN

1 whole frying chicken -- cut up
1 cup Cognac
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
salt & black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup butter
1 pound pearl onions
1/2 pound mushrooms -- chopped
1 clove garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons light cream

Marinate chicken in 1/2 cup brandy for 20 minutes.

Season flour with salt and pepper. Drain chicken and dredge in seasoned flour. Brown chicken pieces in butter. Add onions, sprinkle with any remaining flour, and cook one minute.

Pour remaining 1/2 cup of brandy over chicken, ignite, and cook until flames die out. Add mushrooms, garlic, and allspice. Pour wine and chicken stock over all. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

Beat egg yolk with cream. Stir into chicken mixture and cook until sauce thickens slightly. Do not allow to boil. Serve immediately.

PS - My built-in microwave is directly over the stove.

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Old 01-25-2006, 12:56 PM   #2
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Mish, it really isn't all that tough. For your first time though, I would recommend finding some counter space without cabinets above it, then use one of those BBQ lighter thingys, or one of those really long matches. It burns off fairly quickly, but the flames CAN jump pretty high. They aren't terribly hot flames either. Can you put your pan in your sink maybe? That would likely make you feel better about things.
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Old 01-25-2006, 01:01 PM   #3
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I've never tried either Mish.. someday when I get brave I'll give it a shot.

I'll take it out on the back deck though. Nothing to catch fire out there.
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Old 01-25-2006, 01:13 PM   #4
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You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
I have counter space without cabinets over head
Guess I can't flambe much hiiiiigher
Don't want to set the night on fiiiiiire
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Old 01-25-2006, 01:23 PM   #5
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Oooooo oooooooo...fiiiiire! (LMAO!)
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Old 01-25-2006, 01:37 PM   #6
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Correction-

Fiyahhhhhhhhhh

Highahhhhhhhhh

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Old 01-25-2006, 02:07 PM   #7
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Mish, do you have a gas or electric stove?
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:04 PM   #8
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It's easy and not too scary.
Have large lid to your pan nearby or a cookie sheet if you don't have a lid. You can use that to extinguish flame if need be.

Turn off the heat. Take pan off heat.

Add brandy.

Tip pan away from you just slightly so that the flames don't come toward you.

Light with a long match or light things like Alix says if you have them. If not, use a regular match. Chefs light from the flame of the stove.

Keep your eye on the flame, if it gets too high or you get nervous , just put it out with the lid.

Unless you spill the contents of the pan everywhere or use lots of booze or 181 rum, it's pretty hard to do damage if you are careful.
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