Vegemite and Coon cheese chicken
Vegemite has been in the news over the last couple of weeks. Coles announced Vegemite infused snags in time for Australia Day and award-winning chef, Neil Perry, created Vegemite burgers for the Australian Open (tennis tournament).
Yummy Lummy isn’t a site for a discussion about Australia Day and whether we should celebrate it and have a public holiday every 26 January. Suffice to say, from a food blog perspective, my interest in Australia Day is about what to eat.
With Vegemite on my mind, I thought what could I cook with this lovely paste of yeasty goodness? While I was grocery shopping on Saturday (2018-01-20) I spotted a tube of the delicious black paste and thought how I could use a tube.
While grocery shopping at Coles I bought some chicken thigh fillets and I wondered how the black gold might taste with chicken. I know it complements steak beautifully, I just wasn’t sure about chicken.
- 3 Chicken thigh fillets
- Iodised salt
- Cracked black pepper
- Dried hot chilli flakes
- Dried mixed herbs
- Sesame seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Grated Coon cheese
- Beetroot slaw
- Horseradish cream
Flatten and tenderise the chicken thigh fillets (see the YouTube video to see how I do it)
Lay a ‘cable’ of Vegemite along the thigh fillet
Season with salt, pepper, herbs, chilli flakes, sesame seeds and poppy seeds
Add some grated Coon cheese
Roll the chicken and pin with toothpicks
Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Mine still had some bacon fat on it from breakfast which was a bonus.
Cook in the oven for 35 minutes at 180 °C
When the cooking time is complete allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes
Melt some butter in a hot frying pan
Add in the beetroot slaw and stir-fry until the broccoli stalks are soft
Add in some chilli flakes and stir
Stir in some horseradish cream and turn off the heat
Transfer the beetroot slaw to a plate and then add a piece of chicken
Shoot a photograph and then eat the meal
Write the recipe and write a blog post
Share it on social media and hope that people share it around
I default the energy to 500 Calories. I have no idea how many Calories are in this dish.
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The final product
Questions and answers
Do you like Vegemite?
I love the stuff. I can lick it off a spoon. I like it in hot water with chicken stock. I like seasoning steak and gravy with it. Of course, on toast is a given.
Do you have any advice for people trying Vegemite for the first time?
Yes, try just smearing it on some toast with (real) butter. Don’t trowl it on. As you get accustomed to it you can gradually get to licking it from a spoon as a snack.
Why do you like Coon cheese?
Coon cheese has a great sharp taste. It’s an Australian product like the black gold and I like combining the two products whenever it’s the right thing to do.
Do you know that coon is not a nice word?
Yes, I know that the word coon is offensive, but I’m talking about Coon cheese. It’s a brand and I want to acknowledge the brand.
I was pretty happy with the chicken. The flavour of the salty yeasty black goodness wasn’t overpowering. The chicken went nicely with the beetroot slaw with horseradish flavouring.
How is the new podcast coming along?
I’m still in the planning stages. I’ve drafted the first few episodes. I’ll start recording next month.
Disclaimer and a note on mass and energy
I have no culinary training nor qualifications. This post is not intended to convey any health or medical advice. If you have any health concerns about anything you read, please contact your registered medical practitioner.
For recipe posts the quantities are indicative. Feel free to vary the quantities to suit your taste.
I deliberately do not calculate energy for dishes. I deliberately default to 500 Calories or 500,000 calories because I do not make these calculations.