Hello beautiful mommies! I am so happy to be back and bringing you all new and yummy recipes. It seems that this comes at a perfect time as inflation is driving the price of food up and as mothers we need to be diligent in making our household money and food stretch. Can I get an amen? Today I will be giving you a delicious recipe that the whole family will love. It is more of a serious flavor so if that is a concern tweak it to fit your family! At the end of this post I will also give you a few follow up ideas to make with the left overs. Stretching our food doesn't always have to mean reheated left overs. ;)
Before you get started PLEASE make sure to prep for this meal, it is a longer process then some of my other dishes. Give yourself a good hour to prep, hour and a half to bake everything, and then about twenty minutes to get everything on the table. So that comes to about 3 hours to get this meal on your table.
Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken
What You'll Need: 4 pound whole chicken (approximately LOL)
1\2 cup (8 tbs) butter melted
6 tbs olive oil
1\2 cup dry red wine (I used a Merlot)
1 lemon halved (I didn't have any so I used 1 drop of dOterra lemon essential oil)
Salt and Pepper
Fresh parsley (3 sprigs) - substitute with dried if desired
Fresh rosemary (3 sprigs) - substitute with dried if desired
8 cloves minced garlic
2 red apples
Corn starch (add until desired thickness)
Prepping: 1. Preheat oven to 430 degrees on bake. Clean and rinse chicken, remove all "insides" and at dry (set aside).
2. In sauce pan melt butter, olive oil, red wine, and juice of half a lemon.
3. Cover chicken in the sauce, inside and on the outside. I did this in a dutch oven but you can do it in a roast pan too. Then rub the minced garlic and salt and pepper on the outside and inside of chicken. Then put the rosemary, (if you used a mincer for the garlic put the "remnants" inside as well), and apples sliced into fourths in the chicken (only use 7 of the 8 pieces).
4. This part you can do depending on how you like your white meat. We like ours moist and juicy. So you will want to lay the chicken with the BREAST side down (if you like it dryer then breast side up). Thinly slice the last quarter of apple and lay on the top of the chicken and the parsley sprigs. See the picture below on how it should look.
5. About 30 minutes in you will want to baste, and one more time with about 15 minutes left. Total bake time should be about 1 1\2 hours. Once you remove the chicken let it sit for about 10 minutes while you make the gravy.
6. Gravy - Last siphon off the drippings and put in a small saucepan and add corn starch. Bring to a boil continuously whisking until thickened.
Sweet Potato Mash
What You'll Need: 3-4 sweet potatoes
8 tbs butter
6 tbs real maple syrup
1\2 cup milk
Salt and Pepper
Prepping: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line pan in tin foil. Pierce potatoes about three times with a fork. Bake for 60 minutes.
2. About 10 minutes before they are finished melt butter in a sauce pan. Add maple syrup, milk, salt and pepper.
3. Take saucepan off heat. Cut potatoes in half and scoop insides out with a spoon into saucepan. Then using a potato masher, mash until well blended. Add more salt and pepper to taste if needed. These are super yummy for the kids!
Now carve your chicken (or have the hubby do it ;) ), add the gravy to the chicken. Plate the potatoes and add whatever green you desire. We did green beans but you could do a salad or anything else of your choice. Another good option would be biscuits or garlic bread. Serve and enjoy!
Left Overs!!! What to do? This Momma's got you covered.
There are a lot of options you can do to make new meals out of these left overs. You can google specific recipes for them. A couple ideas for the chicken left overs are to boil the chicken with onion and to make a stock. Then remove the chicken and pull off chicken pieces and add veggies to make chicken soup. You can also remove the chicken from the bones and use it to make a casserole of your choosing.
For the potatoes you also can put scoops into muffin tins and add in pecans or raisins with coconut flakes on top and bake them in the oven for little sweet potato casseroles. Corn starch or flour can be added to make more of a solid cake like texture. It all about making something new out of something left over.
We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work." ~ John 9:4