A love affair with food can be a wonderful ride. Trying new things and experiencing different countries through your palate is one of the most inexpensive ways to “Travel”. When was the last time you “Traveled” ? We are always stuck in our comfort zones and get in routines that make food boring a lot of the time. Have you ever thought, “I wish I could make this” when at a restaurant? Have you tried?
What’s for Dinner?
French Roast Chicken and Vegetables
1 Whole Chicken cut into pieces ( or 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts) whichever you prefer
Freshly ground black pepper
1 medium bunch of rosemary or you may use Herbs de Provence
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
6-8 small red potatoes (cleaned, keep whole only cut large ones )
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Rinse the chicken. Remove any excess fat and pat the outside dry. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the rosemary, garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes and fennel in a roasting pan. If using herb de provence sprinkle over entire pan. Toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top, squeeze the lemon on over everything and place rinds in pan.
Roast the chicken & vegetables for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes, then serve.
I had a very similar meal almost 2 years ago in Paris for my 4th wedding anniversary. My husband Matt and I were lucky enough to go to France for a few days. Between the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, and The Rodin museum we found time to eat at the Cafe George V, located on the beautiful Champs Elysees. We enjoyed our anniversary dinner with exciting views and made memories that will last a lifetime. We can’t always travel, so why not bring Paris to us? This meal basically cooks itself. So rustic yet satisfying to the last bite. Enjoy!