Per Nana ~
This week's recipe is not really about a "chicken in a pot", it is the
end result of four plus years of cooking for this project. As I am
writing this post I feel a bit sad knowing that it is the last recipe
that will be prepared from "Around My French Table".
We have been looking at this chicken on the cover of this wonderful
cookbook by Dorie Greenspan and now the time has come to duplicate it.
This is probably the only recipe that I have made from the book where I
did not substitute or omit any ingredients. I knew that browning a whole
chicken was not going to be easy so I tied kitchen twine around the breast
area to keep the wings tight and also tied the legs. That worked pretty well
but trying to brown a chicken on all sides is almost impossible.
After placing the bird in a Dutch oven with all the vegetable, I sealed it
tight with pizza dough. Following the directions, I roasted it for 55 minutes
and the aroma was incredible. I was quite proud of the results. Both the
chicken and vegetables were cooked to perfection and were delicious.
I will save the reminiscing for the upcoming "fun weeks" when we
celebrate what this blogging community has shared over the last 4
plus years, and today I will focus on that amazing chicken.
|"Official Photo" -Ready for the oven|
|My reality- "Sous Chef" laying in wait|
Just when I thought putting a whole chicken and veggies into a pot
couldn't get much of a new spin, we made it to this recipe. It was not
a matter of unusual spices as much as the instructions to brown the veggies,
then whole chicken, prior to assembling them in the pot for cooking.
Oh yes, and use some dough to seal the lid on.
|Right out of the oven|
That was a new one indeed. And a fabulous one.
My husband and I enjoyed this one thoroughly and I will absolutely
be making it for my sons when they are home. I was eyeing a tool to
use for leverage on that lid, but in an anti-climatic (but appreciated.....)
way my lid came off with one solid tug. It still felt fun and I know my
kids will get a kick out of that step.
Thank you Dorie and thank you to our Dorista friends - old and new.
Those we have met in person and those will likely only know through this
amazing internet community. We look forward to the upcoming celebration
weeks while cherishing the memories we have built through this adventure.
Happy French Friday ~