Friday, May 11, 2012

Talya's Recipe--Roasted Chicken with White Wine and Rosemary

I  asked Tayla Boerner, our great neighbor, friend and regular contributor to our wine blog to periodically write about some of her favorite recipes that include wine. Talya is a great cook and she loves to use wine in her cooking, so this should be a really fun addition to our wine blog! And it meets the requests I have had from many of our readers that we include recipes. So have fun cooking with wine and feel free to send us your cooking with wine recipes and we will include them in a future blog


Just Add Wine!!

Usually when thinking of food and wine, most people are only worried about which wine pairs best with a particular meal. But I like to cook with wine. Wine can enhance your dish if you follow a few simple guidelines. Unless you can't cook at all, and then it might just be a waste of good wine....

Use A Good Wine!!
The most important rule is: If it's not good enough to drink, it's not good enough to cook with. In an attempt to be frugal, don't pour the dregs of a leftover soured wine into your delicious dish. If the wine has turned to cough syrup while you were out of town, why would it taste any better in your bordelaise sauce pray tell? You could ruin the entire recipe. It's best to just open a new fresh bottle for your dish. You didn't chop and dice and sauté for an hour to pour in a bitter or flat vino.

There is a section in the grocery store with vinegar and spices and "cooking wine" for sale. Do not use this "cooking wine". This is really for little old church ladies who pretend not to drink but sip a thimble full now and again while cooking meatloaf for supper. It's full of salt and once the alcohol cooks off, your dish will be salty like the ocean.

A general rule of thumb - most of the alcohol will evaporate and your dish will be flavored with the wine. If you are like me and don't know that much about wine, read the information on the back of the bottle. There is usually a description of the underlying wine tones such as apples, pears, vanilla, smokey, chocolaty, fruity, etc. If it was just about the alcohol, every bottle would taste exactly the same. Climate, growing season, and type of grape all affect the flavor of the wine as well as your food.

Wine Jello Shots!
Chardonnays work well for deglazing and making sauces. They have a somewhat buttery flavor which will enhance a buttery sauce.  Sweet wines with hints of fruit work well roasting chicken or turkey or for dessert sauces.  Bolder reds enhance meat dishes such as pot roast, chili or spaghetti. My friend Marcia makes homemade champagne marshmallows that are amazing. I made watermelon white wine jello shots for my friend's 50th birthday party. They were a big hit! Of course we were the Arkansas girls who first loved Le Boone's Farm....

My favorite roasted chicken recipe...

Roasted Chicken with White Wine and Rosemary

1 Whole Chicken
Olive Oil
White Wine
Sea Salt
Small Orange
Small Potato
Small Yellow Onion

Wash and pat dry the chicken. Place in a roasting pan. Fill the cavity of the chicken with slices of orange, lemon, chunks of potato and onion, rosemary stems and whole garlic cloves. Don't be shy - stick your hand up in there and stuff it full of these goodies. Rub the bird with olive oil, salt and pepper. Be generous with the salt and pepper. Pour about a half cup of wine in the pan and over the chicken. Cover tightly with foil and roast at 350 for about an hour.  It will depend on the size of the chicken so keep a watch on it. Baste it with the wine occasionally. Uncover and roast an additional 20 minutes or so at 425 for extra brown crisp skin. Discard the fruit and veggies in the cavity.  That was just for flavor. Deglaze the drippings with more white wine for a delicious sauce. 

Rosemary Beside Our Porch !!
If anyone in Dallas needs rosemary, feel free to cut some from our enormous rosemary bushes. If anyone needs wine, talk to Harold. He knows all the best deals around.


Musical Pairings:

Beach Boys, "Gettin Hungry"

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 Cheers! Harold    

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1 comment:

  1. Talya Your recipe sounds wonderful! I will have to try it.
    Thanks for sharing