Skewered Eyeballs

Nutritional Information

Calories 95
Fat 6 g
Satfat 0 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrate 2 g
Fiber 0 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 145 mg

Ingredients

2/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 16 bite-size pieces (about 2 small breasts)
16 cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and stems removed
8 round carrot slices, blanched
4 small, pitted black olives, halved
4 large, pimento-stuffed green olives, halved

Preparation

Soak 16 round, wooden toothpicks in water for 30 minutes. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, sage and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Pour half into a separate bowl. Add chicken to one bowl and mushrooms to other. Toss; let sit for 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from marinade and season with 1 tsp. salt and pepper to taste. To make an "eyeball," place a cube of chicken on cutting board and push toothpick through. Push mushroom onto toothpick, cap side down; center carrot round on toothpick and push into indentation in mushroom to make "iris." Finally, center black olive half on toothpick and push onto carrot to make "pupil." Make 8 "eyeballs" this way. For other 8, omit carrot and black olive and push green olive half into indentation in mushroom. Discard chicken marinade; reserve mushroom marinade. ("Eyeballs" can be made up to this point and kept, covered, in refrigerator for up to 8 hours.)

Preheat broiler. Place "eyeballs" on a broiler pan. Position in oven so that chicken is 6 inches from heat source. Broil until chicken is cooked through, basting occasionally with mushroom marinade, 6 to 8 minutes. Arrange on a platter, in pairs, to look like a plate full of shifty eyes.

Note:

October 2005
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