Grilled Game Hen w/Garlic Sauce
I had come across a news story about an Armenian-Lebanese restaurant called Zankou Chicken. This Armenian-Lebanese rotisserie chicken restaurant with a store in Anaheim, California (home of Disneyland) Little Arabia, is widely known for its white garlic sauce.
At first I was thinking "how good could this possibly be"? After a little more reading I figured that a tiny shop that nets over $1 million annually must be doing something right. As good as the chicken is supposed to be, this sauce defines what they do.
Last night I did a simple grilled game hen that I cooked with just salt, pepper over hardwood charcoal that I added a couple of sticks of applewood to. This chicken was moist and juicy and the Zankou Garlic sauced absolutely killed.
Before you break this out for a special date please keep in mind that this recipe calls for an entire head of raw garlic.
Zankou Garlic Sauce Clone
1 large, peeled russet potatoes
1 whole head of garlic, peeled
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, reserve half
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
Zankou Garlic Sauce
- Make sure the potatoes are completely peeled, with any green or brown discoloration is removed.
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft, then mash to a smooth consistency. Allow to cool.
- Pour the oil into a measuring cup with a spout to allow for easy administering.
- Place the peeled garlic cloves, salt and half of the lemon juice in a blender. Be sure to secure the lid.
- Turn the blender on high, and slowly stream the oil through the hole in the lid until the mixture combines into a smooth consistency.
- Pour out the garlic "mayo" into a bowl
- Add the mashed potatoes to the mixture 2 tablespoons at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until it's the consistency of loose, mashed potatoes.
- Add the remaining lemon juice a little at a time until the tartness tastes balanced to you.
- Cover the bowl, and chill the sauce completely.
- Temperature will affect how salty foods taste. Adjust the salt after the sauce has cooled.
This sauce had the consistency of frosting. The starch from the potato when pureed gets a pasty texture and next time I might not use a ricer to mash the potato. The sauce keeps its texture when cooled and the flavor is out of this world. This could easily become a "go to" for sandwiches or just about any other protein dish you want to give a garlic kick to.