What could better than a Roast Chicken on a fall Sunday? If you’ve been reading Homemade Cravings its no surprise that I place a lot of emphasis on Sunday Dinners. Weeknights are pretty crazy and Saturdays often on plans, but Sunday is our time to all sit down together as a family. Its also my favorite time to cook, I give myself plenty of time and really use it to relax and unwind and leisurely cook dinner.
Its so important to me that I thought I would create a page in Homemade Cravings dedicated to Sunday Meal ideas. I’ll be regularly updating the page when I have new Sunday Dinner posts and hope it will be a place to inspire your family to begin a Sunday Night Dinner tradition. You can find the Sunday Dinner Page here or in the recipe drop down menu above.
The newest addition to Sunday Night Dinner – Simple Roast Dinner. Roasting a chicken can be easier and quicker than you think! Traditional recipes for roasting chicken call for moderate heat for a longer duration, but I like to follow Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Chicken recipe which calls for smaller birds, high heat and shorter cooking time.
The only intimidating thing is trussing – tying up your chicken. I seemed to have a brain freeze when trying to figure out how to truss, but I think I finally got it. Here is what I do:
1. Tuck the wings under, then using a 2 foot piece of kitchen twine, place the middle of the string under the back side of the breast (by where you tucked the wings).
2. Pull the strings toward the front of the breast (it will lie between the breast and legs) and tie a knot tightly under the front of the breast (where the cavity is), so the breast plumps up.
3. Tie the legs together, one on top of the other.
Add some mashed potatoes and a green veggie and done.