February 26, 2011

A Classic Sunday Supper

Hopefully this will be the end of the cold weather.  Last Sunday we enjoyed a rustic French Supper of roasted chicken, carrots & onions, with fingerling potatoes with thyme and chef's bread.  It was a very easy meal to prepare and I loved the way it was presented - everything on one platter. We even carved at the table. For this roasted chicken I borrowed from 2 classic recipes, dominantly Barefoot Contessa's Perfect Roast Chicken with a touch of Dorie Greenspan's Roast Chicken for les paresseux.  Hope you enjoy!

Blended Family Roast Chicken
1 5 to 6 pound organic roaster
1 lemon, quartered
1 bunch of carrots, washed and sliced in 2 inch chunks
1 sweet onion, quartered and thickly sliced
Sprigs of fresh thyme (8) and parsley (4)
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 baguette of French bread, sliced in half

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Throw the carrots and onions into the bottom of a large Dutch oven.  Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and salt & pepper.  Push the vegetables to the edges of the oven and place the baguette slices in the middle.  Add the lemon quarters, parsley & thyme to the cavity of the bird, massage the skin with olive oil and then lay the bird on the bread.  Salt and pepper the skin and sprinkle with the garlic.  Roast uncovered for about an hour and a half.  Check that the juices run clear & transfer to your serving platter as well as the carrots and onions & any of the sliced baguette you have not inhaled yet.  Allow it to rest, lightly tented for about 10 to 15 minutes. 
I also served my fingerling potatoes with thyme.

Speaking of Rustic, he went along with the theme of the evening


Jennifer said...

Oh my, I bet that bread is utterly delish once that is done! I can almost taste it right now!

Lara B Knight said...

Jenn - the bread is downright sinful!!!