Fall Flavors: Lemon Garlic Rosemary Roast Chicken with Fall Vegetables
Posted September 14, 2009on:
The weather has been very fall-like and last week, I craved some food that was very reminiscent of the great flavors of fall. So, I headed to my farmer’s market and local Trader Joe’s to make a simple, hearty fall meal.
First, I prepared a chicken to roast. I simply removed the chicken’s innards (don’t forget this part!) and then I stuffed it with as many cloves of garlic as it could hold, a half a lemon (cut into wedges) and several sprigs of rosemary. I also rubbed it generously with some butter, salt and pepper and added butter and herbs in between the skin and breast. I always feel the breast meat is very dry, so the extra butter helps. I trussed (Note: this is a video link in case you wanna see how to truss a chicken) my chicken and placed it in a cast-iron pot over a bed of mirepoix (2 part onion, 1 part carrot, 1 part celery all chopped up roughly).
Then I roasted some seasonal vegetables. I picked up some beautiful yukon gold and blue potatoes at the farmer’s market. And I also picked up some fresh beets! I roasted these altogether with some red onion tossed with olive oil, fresh sprigs of rosemary, salt & pepper.
I also used the beet greens. I cooked some bacon and then added some onion and minced garlic. Once these were soft, I added a pinch of red pepper, some sugar and salt. I then added the greens and tossed them all together. I deglazed the pan with some white wine and then cooked the greens down. Once they were tender, I finished it off with some apple cider vinegar. I added the mirepoix from the roasted chicken to these vegetables since those were bound to be loaded with flavor. I also made a simple gravy for the chicken by starting with a roux (butter & flour) and then adding the juices from the chicken and cooking until thickened. I have to say, this was one of the most satisfying meals I have had in a long time! And since we made forcemeats and terrines in class, I was glad I thought to eat before going to class! I think this plates looks a LOT better than any of the stuff we made in class!