This is a recipe that I’d have to rank as looking better than it actually turned out.
I came across the recipe in Sunday’s Parade magazine.
The dish comes from Dash Recipes.
It gets its name, according to the story behind it, from having an out-of-the-world taste, as in Sputnik, the first satellite ever launched into space, courtesy of the Russians in 1957.
By the time all the potatoes here cooked through, the broth of chicken stock and sherry had been reduced to, basically, mashed potatoes.
I don’t think that’s the intent. It’s tasty, maybe not out-of-this-world tasty, but a little too mushy.
1 large chicken, cut into serving pieces
Salt and pepper
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoon butter (1/4 stick)
2 large onions, sliced ½ inch thick
5 large potatoes, sliced ½ inch thick
¾ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
¾ cup dry sherry
1½ cups homemade chicken broth
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and coat it with flour;
2. In a Dutch oven, sauté the chicken in butter until it is golden;
3. Layer the onions and potatoes on top of the chicken;
4. Top with the cheese, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste;
5. Add the sherry and chicken stock;
6. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, or until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
The recipe included a couple of cooking tips:
“Slice the onions and potatoes nice and thin so they soften during cooking.”
“If you substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts, use half a cup (or one stick) of butter.”
“Sauté the chicken on medium-low to keep it from burning.”
“This dish requires a lot of stirring and attention. Stir it often so it doesn’t stick.”