The simplicity of Marcella Hazan’s Chicken Fricassee with Red Cabbage recipe blows me away. It calls for just chicken, red cabbage, onion, garlic, red wine, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it! From those you develop flavors, meld them together, simmer them. There are basically three steps. First is to cook the cabbage until it’s meltingly tender. Second is to brown the chicken. Lastly, it’s the marriage of those two slowly simmering away in a pot together. Instead of tossing the browned chicken pieces in the dark red cabbage sauce like Marcella instructed I nestled them and let it simmer with the skin side up.
The chicken became so tender and the saucy red cabbage sweet and savory from the red wine. Pure comfort food. You gotta have mad passion and love to make a dish so delicious from just a few ingredients. Italian food has always been inspiring in this way. It’s simplicity at its best.