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Rosemary flavoured Roasted free-range Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Bits and Spring Onions

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Tonight’s dinner… Had a ball of a time making it!

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Rosemary flavoured Roasted Free-Range Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Bits and Spring Onion

Here’s the recipe for the roast chicken…

1.5kg free-range chicken, neck and legs off washed and pat dry
3# celery sticks
1# yellow onion
2# fresh rosemary sprigs
80g lard, sliced into two pieces (optional)
1/2tbsp coarse salt
1/2tbsp freshly ground black pepper

100ml lemon juice (approximately 2 lemons)
50ml honey / molasses
50g sugar

Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Bits and Spring Onion
3# potatoes, russet variety
100ml whipping cream
40g butter
3tbsp bacon bits
50g spring onions, sliced thinly (green part only)

1. Combine the celery, onion, coarse salt and pepper in a bowl. Stuff the mixture into the chicken.

2. Secure the rear opening of the chicken using a metal skewer.
3. Loosen the skin above the breast of the chicken and slide in the lard slice, butter can also be used.
4. Tuck the wing tips behind the breast and tie the legs together.
5. Rub the whole chicken with coarse salt and roast in a preheated oven at 170C for 40 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, combine basting ingredients and baste the chicken once the 40 minutes is up. Increase the heat to 200C and continue to roast for 20 minutes, basting 4 times in between.
6. In the meantime, peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes. Boil until soft, and drain into a bowl.

7. Mash and add in cream and butter. Season to your liking. Add bacon bits and spring onion, keep warm.
8. Once the chicken is golden brown, switch off the oven and let it stand in the oven for 10 minutes. This technique is called resting and is to allow the juices of the chicken to seep back into the flesh. It is also easier to carve a rested roast.
9. Take the chicken out from the oven and remove the strings.

leo-chan’s scale of difficulty (1-my dog can do it with his eyes close, 10=Anthony Bourdain skills needed):


Written by Leo

6 August 2006 at 23:58

Posted in Food, My Thoughts

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  1. chicken!!! droooolzzz drooooolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! iw annn!! 😛

    bebe^monkay *~

    7 August 2006 at 20:51

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