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Thread #165215   Message #4065071
Posted By: Charmion
20-Jul-20 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Himself affects to dislike grilled tomatoes, Mrrzy, but I bet he'll like your Mum's recipe.

We had ferocious thunderstorms with tornado warnings yesterday, so no barbecue. Instead, I roasted the Sunday dinner chicken Marcella Hazan's way, with a lemon inside.

Heat the oven to 375F.

Take a chicken of medium size -- 1.5 to 2 kg (three to four pounds), pat it dry, and pull out the pad of fat from the vent. Take one large or two small lemons and stab them through and through with a skewer, making at least 20 holes in each. Put the lemon(s) in the cavity of the chicken and close the vent with a skewer. Truss the chicken just tightly enough to keep the legs and wings from sprawling, and set the chicken breast down on a rack in a smallish roasting pot. Salt and pepper all the surfaces you can reach, and put the blob of fat on the chicken's back.

Roast for half an hour, then turn the chicken over. Salt and pepper again, and baste if you feel like it. Roast for another hour or so, cranking up the heat to 400F for the last 20 minutes to brown the breast. Total roasting time should be 25 to 30 minutes per pound, or a hair over an hour per kilo. Carve and serve immediately.

If you're a bit of an overachiever, you could ream the lemon and use the juice in soup, especially avgolemono.