Sunday Roast Dinner

Sunday Roast Dinner – Candy Coated Culinista

I really can’t get enough of a roast chicken and this one is high up on my list. Roast chicken is such a simple protein to make and yields leftovers for another meal soups or salads.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 70 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From Simple

Ingredients

Spring Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon
• 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 3 tbsp thyme leaves
• 3 garlic cloves, crushed
• ½ small preserved lemon, seeds discarded, flesh and skin roughly chopped (2 ½ tbsp.)
• 1 lemon, finely zest to get 1 tsp, then juice to get 1 ½ tbsp.
• Salt
• Black pepper
• 1 whole chicken
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill
• 1 bunch of asparagus, ends removed
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• Salt
• Black pepper
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter
• ¼ cup sliced almonds
• 3 tbsp baby capers, or regular capers
• ½ cup dill, rough chopped
Sweet Potato Mash with lime Salsa
• 2 lb sweet potatoes, unpeeled and cut in half lengthwise
• ¼ cup olive oil
• Salt
• ¼ cup basil leaves, finely chopped
• ½ garlic cloves, minced
• 2 limes, finely zest to get 2 tsp, then juice to get 1 tbsp
• Black pepper

Assembly

Spring Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Place butter, thyme, garlic, preserved lemon, lemon zest. ¼ tsp salt and black pepper in a food processor and combine.
3. Loosen the skin away from the breast and spread most of the butter mixture underneath. Spread the remaining butter over the legs.
4. Place chicken in a baking pan and drizzle lemon juice and sprinkle ½ tsp salt and pepper.
5. Roast for 70 minutes, basting every 20 minutes or so, until golden brown and crisp and the juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a small knife.
6. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Mix asparagus with 1 tbsp of oil, salt and pepper.
3. Arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spaced well apart and roast for 8-12 minutes until asparagus is soft and starting to brown in places.
4. Transfer to a large serving plate and set aside.
5. Put butter into a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat.
6. Once melted, add almonds and fry for 1-2 minutes stirring frequently until almonds are golden brown.
7. Pour almonds and butter over asparagus.
8. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil to saucepan and place over high heat, once hot, add capers and fry for 1 – 2 more minutes, stirring until crisp.
9. Using a slotted spoon remove capers from oil and sprinkle over asparagus along with dill.
10. Serve warm.
Sweet Potato Mash with lime Salsa
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Rub potatoes with 1 tbsp of oil and season with ¼ tsp of salt.
3. Place of parchment-lined baking sheet, cut side down and roast for 30-35 minutes, until very soft.
4. While potatoes are roasting, prepare the salsa.
5. Place remaining 3 tbsp of oil into a small bowl with basil, cilantro, garlic, lime zest, lime juice and salt and stir to combine.
6. Once potato is cool enough to handle, remove the skin or scoop out the flesh and mash.
7. Add salt and pepper, transfer to bowl, and serve with salsa on the potatoes or on the side.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I really can’t resist a roast chicken Sunday dinner as it reminds me of my mom. This spring chicken was so delicious I have made it twice already and it will be a new way to enjoy my Sunday chicken. I even made a preserved lemons weeks before. The flavours were bright and fresh with a little spin.

Spring Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon – Candy Coated Culinista

Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill – Candy Coated Culinista

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Asparagus & String Beans with Smoky Romesco

Asparagus & String Beans with Smoky Romesco – Candy Coated Culinista

Having a BBQ? Try this interesting grilled appetizer for your guests.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Food 52 Any Night Grilling

Ingredients
• 2 bunches asparagus
• 1 pound, green, purple or yellow wax beans (preferably a combination)
• 1 thick slice country style bread
• 2 large red bell peppers, halved, cored and seeded
• 2 fresno chilies
• ½ red onion, cut into thick wedges
• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
• 2 plum tomatoes, halved
• ¼ cup skinned roasted hazelnuts or almonds
• 1 tsp sherry vinegar, plus more as desired
• 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme or marjoram leaves
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 clove garlic or 1 tsp smoked garlic (from book)
• Kosher salt, to taste
• Ground black pepper, to taste

Assembly
1. Prepare charcoal grill to medium-high heat and coat the gill pan with extra virgin olive oil over high heat using a paper towel. If you are using a grill basket allow to heat for 10 minutes prior to use.
2. Snap ends of asparagus and trim beans and set aside.
3. Grill the bread over direct heat until grill marks appear, about one minute per side.
4. In a bowl lightly toss bell peppers, chilies and onions in olive oil.
5. Place over grill on in grill basket turning and rotating for 6 to 7 minutes for the onions and continue to char the red peppers.
6. Cover peppers in a kitchen towel (to make it easier to remove the skin)
7. Grill tomatoes and when cooled enough remove skin also.
8. Using a food processor add peppers, chilies, onion, tomato along with nuts, thyme and paprika and salt into a thick puree. Drizzle in olive oil as you go.
9. Grill asparagus and beans and serve warm or at room temperature with romesco.

Tips
• Sprinkle some flaky finishing salt and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipes was super simple and very easy to complete. The only thing here is you have to be a fan of romesco. I had heard of romesco before; but never had tried or made it. It reminds me of a salsa or pesto of sorts. Typically it is served with meat or fish; but today it’s served with grilled veggies and totally works. I added some finishing salt and it really rounded out the taste of the veggies.

Spatchocked Chicken with Asparagus & Grilled Lemons

Spatchocked Chicken with Asparagus & Grilled Lemons – Candy Coated Culinista

A simple weeknight grilling dinner, so good it can be served for Sunday dinner.

Yield/Serving: 2 to 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 min,
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Food 52 Any Night Grilling

Ingredients
• One 4-4 ½ pound chicken, spatchocked (ask your butcher to spatchock it for you
• Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper
• 1 bunch of thyme
• 8 ounces haricots, bottoms trimmed
• 2 spring onion, halved
• 2 lemons
• Flaky salt

Assembly
1. Spatchock chicken by removing the spinal cord and lightly drizzle with olive oil and then sea with salt and pepper.
2. Tuck the wings under the legs making the chicken lie flat.
3. Spread thyme and oregano on a baking sheet and set aside to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
4. Prepare charcoal grill or coat the gill pan with extra virgin olive oil over high heat using a paper towel.
5. Place season chicken, skin side down onto the grill with the thyme & oregano underneath and brown skin for 8 – 10 minutes.
6. Turn chicken, discard any burnt thyme or oregano, and cook until nearly cooked through and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
7. Flip chicken again and cook for another 3-5 minutes until skin is crisp and browned.
8. Transfer to a baking sheets to rest
9. Place asparagus over grill and char for about 5 minutes, ensuring you get grill marks.
10. Cut lemons in half and grill along with the onions.
11. Mix onions with the asparagus.
12. Serve chicken on a platter family style with asparagus and grilled lemons.

Tips
• I added oregano, used white onion instead of green onion and also swapped asparagus for the green beans as its asparagus season.
• Serve with potatoes on the side.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have been wanting to practice my grilling skills and this book is a great option as these recipes are easy and well good for weeknight grilling. I opted to buy a enamel cast-iron grill pan as I didn’t want to pull out my cumbersome indoor grill. The recipes turned out excellent, the only thing I have to do is get stronger grill marks next time. Otherwise this recipe tasted to healthy and yet so simple. I opted to spatchock my chicken myself as I had never done this before. I found it a little gross removing the spinal cord, and have much respect to butchers getting the job done. All I could think of when I was butchering this chicken was the ritual called the Blood Eagle from Viking lore; which was a tad funny that my mind went there; but it was apt. This recipe is easy to swap out any in season veggies you prefer and get the same amazing results. I have never had a grilled lemon and enjoyed squeezing it over the asparagus and chicken. I served lemon oil gem potatoes with cayenne pepper on the side. I will be making this again. This recipe is visually attractive and will catch your dinner guests or families attention.

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

C.C.’s Savoury Stuffed Chicken – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 3
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• 3 chicken breasts, sliced halfway through breast but not to the end of the breast
• Sea salt
• Black pepper
• Season salt
• Dried basil
• Dried oregano
• Garlic powder
• Onion powder
• Greek spices
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 3 button mushrooms, sliced
• 12 asparagus, bottoms cut off
• 6 grape tomatoes, cut lengthwise
• 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Slice into chicken breast lengthwise down the middle; but not all the way through.
3. Season chicken breasts with spices.
4. Place asparagus, grape tomato, mushroom and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese inside the chicken breast.
5. Heat large frying pan over medium-high heat and pour olive oil in.
6. Once oil is hot sear top and bottom of the chicken breast.
7. Place chicken into a roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes.
8. Serve and enjoy

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have always wanted to make a stuffed chicken and I’m happy I finally have. I have learned that I was too generous with the filling and next time I will scale back a touch. Other than that this was beyond delicious and fresh.

Spring Asparagus Medley

Spring Asparagus Medley – Candy Coated Culinista

An easy peasy evening spring vegetable medley to accompany a chicken or beef dish.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
• 20 Asparagus; hard bottoms cut off
• 5 button mushrooms, sliced
• 10 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
• ½ small red onion, sliced
• Celery salt, to taste

Assembly
1. In a large frying pan pour olive oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add asparagus, mushrooms. Tomatoes, red onion and fry for 5 minutes until tender.
3. Add celery salt.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
A simple yet satisfying spring dish. This would be a great side dish for a springtime BBQ. Crunchy asparagus, and softened mushrooms, tomatoes and onions is a great combination.

A is for … Asparagus Tart

Asparagus Tart - Candy Coated Culinista

Asparagus Tart – Candy Coated Culinista

Alphabet Soup: A is for … Asparagus Tart

A new food series to kick the first day of spring. I will be creating recipes with ingredients beginning with a letter of the alphabet and trying to make interesting and unique dishes I haven’t made before.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 sheet puff pastry (usually half of the package / box) – thaw at room temp and then keep in fridge in not using immediately after thawing
• 1 egg, beaten
• ½ cup ricotta cheese
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 20 asparagus, with ends cut off
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 6 slices soppressata, sliced into small pieces
• Salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Place thawed but cold puff pastry into a rectangular tart pan.
3. Using a medium size bowl, beat the egg yolk.
4. Fold the edges in towards the centre corners of the tart pan.
5. Brush the inside with a little egg wash and press to seal the edges.
6. Place tart pan in the refrigerator to keep the puff pastry chilled.
7. In a medium saucepan, steam the asparagus until just tender, about 3 minutes.
8. Transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process and to also cool.
9. In a small frying pan, fry the soppressata until it’s crisped up a little.
10. Using a food processor place 4 chopped asparagus in and add the remaining egg and ricotta and combine.
11. Remove the tart pan from the fridge and spread some of the ricotta mixture over the puff pastry.
12. Arrange the asparagus in the pan and sprinkle with more ricotta mixture and soppressata.
13. Bake for 25 minutes.
14. Serve warm or at room temperature. Do not reheat.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Even after the baking the asparagus was still crunchy and the saltiness of the soppressata came through lovely. Mr. C. Suggested reheating it even though I thought that would be a bad idea and I was right reheating this tart will result in a soggier tart. Not really appetizing to me.

Uncooked - Asparagus Tart - Candy Coated Culinista

Uncooked – Asparagus Tart – Candy Coated Culinista

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