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Roast Chicken

We had old friends over for dinner tonight with their son.  Malcolm is as wary of unfamiliar fare as any other middle-school boy, and any fare I fixed was, by definition, unfamiliar.  His mom had said her liked chicken, and I hadn't roasted one all winter, so I thought I'd do that.  Being me (and not entirely satisfied--or maybe just bored--with my own recipe), and unable (owing to a chiro appointment) to flip the bird over every fifteen minutes or do a lot of basting, I went on-line and looked at roast chicken recipes.

And found The Perfect Roasted Chicken.

And it is.  Furthermore, it took a flat 15 minutes to get ready to put in the oven (which Ellen did, while I was off getting the kinks wiggled out of my neck), and not much longer to finish off when it was cooked.  And if that wasn't enough, the only sound to be heard from any of us for quite some time after I cut it up and served it was faint nomnomnom noises.  In fact, my only complaints were not having put enough celery and carrots in the pan, or having a pan large enough to fit all the potatoes as well.  Not that it really mattered, since I finished the potatoes in a little of the cooking juice. Oh, and I wish I'd had enough fresh rosemary, instead of having to piece out what I did have with dried.  But other than that. . . . . Nomnomnomnom.  Even Malcolm liked it, although he was deeply dubious about the winey gravy.  Which, at his age, Is As It Should Be.

I'll be making this for Passover, you betcha.

In other culinary news, it's Shad Season.  I'm planning a full-shad dinner (roe appetizer, fish main course) on Thursday, for the delectation of two self-professed shad lovers.  I've decided to poach the roe in white wine and fish stock and shallots, to cut the richness a bit.  But what to do with the shad itself?  Poach?  Saute?  With or without sauce?  Decisions, decisions.  I know!  Back to the Internet!



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Mar. 17th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I like shad grilled. I guess a quick hot broil would be about the same thing. The other especially good thing to do is stuff them and bake them; that might be better for a dinner party.

A friend of mine swears the only way to eat the roe is sauteed in butter on toast points, but just about everything is good sauteed in butter with or without toast points.
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I've sauteed much shad roe over the years, and it is delicious--the poaching is an experiment. I'll tell you how it goes. The grilling of the fish is a lovely idea, and I have a stovetop grill I can use. Or the broiler. We'll see how I feel when it comes down to it.
Mar. 17th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Oh, if only I weren't cooking for Picky Vegetarians. Right now I feel like I could eat that whole roast chicken by myself, and the idea of a shad dinner is making me swoon.
Mar. 17th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pointer to the Roasted Chicken recipe, that does look good (and easy). Yum.
*sigh* Big Harold does not like fish. Something to do with being Catholic and having too much of it badly done when he was a kid.
Aren't we all glad that as Jews, we never had that problem? ;)

Mar. 17th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
I will be making that chicken, and soon. I have a houseguest coming in the beginning of April, and have been casting around for something tasty and simple like this.

As for shad, I just keep thinking of Cole Porter song lyrics, which I'm sure is not very helpful.
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Me, too. Which is fine, because I like to sing while I cook. ;-)
Mar. 17th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
As the owner of a middle-school-aged boy, I approve this message.
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I read your pea shoot entry with interest. We purely love pea shoots, but can seldom find them. Perhaps a trip to the new Whole Checkbook up the block is indicated. They'd go very nicely with shad.
Mar. 17th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
They would indeed. With a sprinkle of lemon zest.
Mar. 17th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
That roasted chicken recipe looks fabulous! I've bookmarked it for future use.

I've never made shad. Would love to try it. Will you post details once you do make it, so that I can get a clue on how to do these things?

Mar. 17th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
The roasted chicken recipe looks delicious. We will definitely try it. Thank you so much!
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