Hello October One Dish Meal – “Garlic Roasted Chicken & Root Vegetables”

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The best meals are the most simple. They are effortless & comforting in both their preparation and presentation.  Root vegetables…potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic…all roasted along side a small plump chicken…scented with fresh thyme leaves…salted & peppered…cooked in one dish so that all the juices intermingle is one of my favorite meals of this season.

A couple of things of note….Hello October my favortite month and right after my printable recipes I am now adding a section for “sources”…where to find some of the fun things you might see here at Food on Fifth from props to kitchen tools. Let me know what you think.

The vegetables came from the Downtown Nashville Farmer’s Market and the small, plump chicken from my CSA, Fresh Harvest. I buy a few of these organic chickens at one time and  keep them in my freezer so I always have them on hand.

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Well….you can’t, can you?

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After lightly browning on both sides in some olive oil on top of the stove, I sprinkle lots of chopped garlic over the top, snuggle the potatoes, onions & carrots around the chicken, add a generous grinding of black pepper, fresh thyme leaves and sea salt and it is ready for the oven.

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An hour or so later, golden brown crispy skin, just right softened vegetables & more thyme and our dinner is ready.  A glass of wine and some good crusty bread for sopping the juices…Bring it on October! Make every meal count.

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iphone image with wine and bread and our one dish dinner.

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(quote from the Chicken Little book)

 

Garlic Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • One 2-3 lb chicken, organic preferred
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 8 small red potatoes
  • 4 carrots, trimmed & peeled
  • 2 red onions, chopped in large pieces
  • fresh thyme sprigs & leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse and pat roasting hen dry inside and out.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan that can go from stove top to the oven for roasting. Brown the hen on the top and bottom. Turn heat off.
  4. Pat the minced garlic and thyme leaves onto the hen.
  5. Snuggle the vegetables around the hen. Sprinkle over all with a generous amount of black pepper and sea salt.
  6. Pour 1/2 cup water into the pan. Roast for 1 1/2 hour or until the juices from the hen run clear and the root vegetables are cooked al dente soft. Garnish with thyme sprigs.
  7. Serve chicken pieces & vegetables in a bowl with some of the juices, a good crusty baguette for sopping and a glass of decent wine for optimum contentment.

 Making good stuff you see here easy to find:

All-Clad Pan Sauteuse – From Stove-top to Oven – Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s

Mid Century Silver Plate Serving Fork – Nashville Flea Market

Wooden Handle Knife – West Elm, Schmidt Brothers

Flatware, White Bowl, Tablecloth, Wine Glass – Food on Fifth prop collection

“You Can’t Eat Money” Artwork by C.M.L.

“Kale, Kale, Beautiful Kale, Pesto”

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Big beautiful bunches of Kale...Red Russian with its purplish-red stems & lacy tips, Lacinato Kale very sturdy with the deepest dark green color, and our old, familiar favorite, Curly Kale rather fluffy with white stems & veins all piled high and dewy fresh at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.

Like the “it girl”, Kale, is the “it green”…the green “of the moment”…the “if you own a restaurant in this century Kale is a must for your menu” green…unless you have been living under a rock or off-the-grid completely you know this…right? Right.

To celebrate the “it-ness” of Kale, it’s bounty, beauty and health benefits I came up with this oh-so-easy recipe for “Kale, Beautiful Kale, Pesto“.

Kale Pesto on Pasta

Here is all you will need:

1 bunch of Kale, rinsed & patted dry, middle stem trimmed out, leaves broken into bite-size pieces.

2 garlic cloves, 1 cup toasted walnuts, 1 cup shredded Gruyère Cheese, good olive oil, 1 lemon, sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, plus a chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano to grate over servings.

Kales Pesto Ingredients

Here is all you need to do:

1. Place garlic cloves & walnuts in a food processor fitted with the cutting blade. Pulse until nuts & garlic are chopped, but not too finely.

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2. Add Kale pieces, fresh lemon juice & sea salt to processor bowl. Pulse while adding about 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil to mixture. Stop & scrape down bowl if you need to. Add Gruyère to the mix and pulse a few times to make a nice paste. Add more or less oil depending on how you like your pesto. I prefer a chunkier, less oily pesto.

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3. Top a bowl of hot pasta with a dollop of Kale Pesto, grind some black pepper on top,  add some freshly grated Parmesan..and a glass of a crispy chilled wine. So far, so good October!

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Get your “green” on….Eat more Kale, y’all.