My fall back on recipe when in a pinch is a classic roast chicken. It is one recipe that can go from casual to elegant, merely by changing the ingredients around.
When we are having last minute dinner guests, I usually always serve a Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken; it is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. I start by using a cage free and organic chicken, as they always come out more plump and moist. As well you just get more bird for your money. If dinner is going to be only two of us, I ask the butcher to butterfly the chicken, then I save one half for another time.
Photo: roasting half of a chicken
After washing and drying the chicken, I stuff it with fresh rosemary that I lightly crush between my finger tips, red onion, and lemons. Then I slide the bird into the oven and forget about it for awhile. Though, it is hard to forget as the aroma is intoxicating.
To make the meal more rounded, about 30 minutes before it is finished roasting, I toss in small red potatoes, right into the caramelized chicken juices. Give a couple stirs, and let continue roasting. The chicken always comes out perfectly golden and the potatoes are smoldered in the tasty pieces of fat and herbs.
I simply toss a salad together, heat up some crusty bread, and you have a classic dinner that will surely please everyone around the dinner table.
What is a favorite “classic” meat heavy dish that you enjoying sharing around the dinner table?
Denise Woodward believes anything can be made at home as long as you have a little patience, and time. All of her recipes are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutique, the Mushroom Channel, Saveur.com, Foodies of the World, PBS and Fine Cooking.
Denise also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us. Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love. Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.