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

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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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Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin - Candy Coated Culinista

Coq Au Vin – Candy Coated Culinista

This recipe has been on my “to-do list” for a year now, and I was only recently reminded by a fellow blogger Maiu at Toronto Cooks that I need to finally make a coq au vin. We both are a part of a couple cooking clubs and this is how I stumbled upon and now follow her blog. This classic French dish is chicken braised in a red wine sauce giving the chicken a purple “wine” stained colour.

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• 25 baby red skinned potatoes, halved
• 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
• 3 bacon slices, thinly sliced
• 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
• 2 tsp kosher salt
• ½ tsp black pepper
• ½ tsp rosemary
• 2 bay leaves, crushed
• 1 tsp parsley
• 1 tsp thyme
• ¼ tsp cumin
• ½ tsp cayenne pepper
• 8 chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks) skin on
• 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 20 pearl onions 284g (10 oz)
• 3 celery stalks, chopped
• 3 small carrot, peeled and chopped
• 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced
• Button mushrooms, sliced
• 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cup chicken stock
• 2 cups red wine
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter
• 2 tbsp flour

Assembly
1. On high heat boil at pot of salted water and fill with the baby potatoes and sweet potato. (Cook until they are firm as they will be cooked more later on).
2. In a large frying pan, on medium-high heat, fry the bacon.
3. Pour all the herbs and spices into a pessel and mortor and grind.
4. Rub Dijon mustard over chicken and pour half of the herbs and spices over the chicken and rub in.
5. In the frying pan with the bacon fat add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and mushrooms and brown, about 5 minutes stirring frequently.
6. Remove from pan set aside in a bowl.
7. The potatoes should be done at this point, strain in a colander and set aside in another bowl, and place pot back on the stove. (it will be used in a moment)
8. Using the same frying pan place in the chicken along with the olive oil and sear and brown, about 5 minutes on each side.
9. Using the large pot on medium-high heat pour in the chicken stock, red wine, butter and whisk in the flour.
10. Finally place chicken on the bottom of the large pot and place the potatoes and sweet potatoes over top and then all the vegetables and bacon.
11. Add the remaining spices on top.
12. Stir occasionally, but try not to disrupt the chicken below.
13. Serve

Tips
• Make sure baby potatoes and sweet potatoes are cut to the same size to ensure they cook at the same rate.
• If your bacon is salty, adjust the salt content accordingly.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Coq au vin seems to be peasant’s dish to me with its simple and humble ingredients. I had a theory when I thought of placing the chicken at the bottom in my assembly. The chicken was only partially cooked so they needed to be closest to the heat, then the potatoes as they were a little hard and finally the veggies as they were pretty much cooked. The potatoes stayed firm, the veggies were crunchy and the chicken was great. I wish I could get the chicken to be more wine stained, but that would entail me marinating it for 4 hours or more. As I made this on a whim thanks to Maiu, I didn’t really have any for-thought to making this and i still think it turned out and looked scrumptious.

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