What’s for Dinner?

January 18, 2011

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Lemon and Herb Mascarpone Stuffed Roast Chicken

This is something I’ve made often since trying it a couple years back

Tonight, the perfect combination of events made it jump to the top of the “What-to-Make-for-Dinner” list:  A cold, icy-snowy night prompting  me to make something warm and satisfying…and want to run a hot oven to do it……Having a container of mascarpone cheese (I always buy an extra when making tiramisu, just in case anything goes amiss, and this last time, nothing did. *smile*) and a nice, plump Roasting Chicken (that I had picked up, on sale, at the grocery store the day before) in the fridge, ready to go.

I found a few fresh herbs – this time I used celery leaves and fresh sage – the zest of a lemon, a couple cloves of garlic (minced) and some salt and pepper…and I was ready to mix all that with the mascarpone, slip it under the skin of the chicken, and dinner was on its way!

I had a 7-lbs roaster, so I let it cook for an hour (at 400 degrees), then added some quartered potatoes in to roast in the melted cheese and juices for the rest of the cooking time. (Figure about 1 hr 30 min to 1 hr 45 minutes for a 7-lb bird.)   A little  bit of basting and tossing of the potatoes, and it all comes out so deeply browned and so, so flavorful…a quick mix of sauteed vegetables on the side…. and our warm, satisfying dinner was on the table with minimal work, but maximum flavor. 

The perfect combination to ward off the chill of this snowy winter’s night.

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Annu Patel Leighton June 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I got bored and was serving around the internet looking for recipes and NYC activities. Lo and behold, not only did I find this website but a familiar face. I remembered our days in PJHS. I remember you went by Joanne though; back then I was known as Arpana. I got tired of people mispronouncing my birth name so I started going by my childhood nickname. I wish we had the opportunity to become friends back then but a nutcase at home prevented me from having a life. Sorry for the TMI. I’m a work in progress & my self-awareness is part of the ongoing healing process. My humor essays, cooking and gardening are essential parts of my road to sanity. I’m a big girl now (alas in more ways than I care to admit (lol) but I’m stronger. I’m definately going to try your lemon & herb marscapone chicken! There’s a certain comfort and warmth of your recipe that made it very appealing. I wish you continued happiness and joy. I’m on FB if you want to keep in touch. Take care.

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