Perfect Split Broiled Chicken Halves
Ingredients for each chicken half:
2-3 tsp HOMETOWN NUMBER 1 BLENDED SEASONING
1-2 tsp vegetable oil
1 chicken half (approx 1 ¾ lb)
Line a shallow broiler pan with foil.
Place over shelf in UPPER position (about 6-8 inches from heat source). Preheat broiler.
Wash chicken half thoroughly under cold water.
Shake off excess water, keeping chicken half somewhat moist.
Place chicken in lined broiler pan.
Sprinkle with HOMETOWN NUMBER 1 BLENDED SEASONING.
Rub seasoning over entire chicken half (both sides and around joints).
Spoon vegetable oil over the skin side and distribute over entire half.
Arrange chicken in pan skin side down.
Place pan with chicken under the broiler. Always keep over door slightly open when broiling.
Let chicken broil for 10-12 minutes until the bone take on a light char. NOTE: You may want to rotate or shift pan for even browning.
Remove pan from over and turn chicken skin side up.
Before returning chicken to the oven, change self position to the lower 1/3 portion of the oven.
Place chicken under broiler for another 10-12 minutes, until chicken skin is evenly browned and bubbly (a slight char is quite acceptable).
Turn chicken once more to skin side down and broil for 10-12 minutes longer.
Now turn chicken to skin side up.
With chicken in over, turn of broiler and close over door. Let chicken rest for 15 minutes in oven and serve.
Remember!Broil with oven door ajar.
Temperature should read 165-170 degrees F at inner thigh close to hip joint.An instant thermometer is a no guesswork all around help.Worth the investment!
Peas & Shmarrots
This is an easy indoor answer to outdoor cooking. Once you try it...you will look forward to doing it again!
2 lbs. sliced carrots – washed, peeled, and cut into 1” pieces
1 scant tsp. - salt
Pinch - white pepper
Pinch - cayenne
2 Tbs. Butter – unsalted
1 cup Petit Peas
1/2 tsp. Hometown Number 1 Blended Seasoning
Directions - Step 1
Place cut peeled carrots in a steamer and cook until soft.
Transfer hot steamed carrots in to food processor bowl add butter pieces and process until smooth.
Using a rubber spatula scrape down sides and process until the carrots are completely pureed.
Transfer carrot puree to a non stick pan, place on medium heat.
Add salt, white pepper and cayenne and with a heat proof spatula continually stir for about 5 minute until puree tightens.
Transfer to a serving dish...cover and set aside while heating peas.
Directions - Step 2
Starting with a medium heat, place cold sauté pan with butter on the burner, when butter melts add peas, Hometown Number 1, then turn up the heat and sauté until hot.
Spoon peas over Shmarrots and serve.
Sauteed Fish with Lemon, Garlic & Parsley
1/2 cup cornstarch
1lb. fillet (true cod, snapper, ling cod) sliced to suitable portion sizes
3 Tbls. olive oil
½ tsp. rounded chopping garlic (2-3 cloves)
3 Tbls. chopped parsley
3 Tbls. unsalted butter
¾ tsp. HOMETOWN NUMBER 1 BLENDED SEASONING
1 TO 1 ½ Tbls. lemon juice
Prepare all ingredients. Place cornstarch in a plate. Dredge fish fillets completely in cornstarch and lightly shake off excess.
Place Teflon fry pan on medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the olive oil.
Place fish skin side down in oil and sauté each side until crisp and golden (approx. 4-6 minutes).
Quickly, place the garlic, parsley, butter and HOMETOWN NUMBER 1 around the outer edge of pan (do not place ingredients on fish-see suggestions) and swirl the pan to distribute and combine ingredients. When the garlic appears to take on color, add lemon juice around the edge of pan and swirl again.
Turn fish, swirl and place fish in platter, pour remaining sauce (if any) on top and serve.
The recipe will work for just about any selection of fish.
If the fish fillet is very thick, cut it horizontally in half to obtain thinner fillets for shorter cooking time.
Generally, Italian flat parsley has more flavor and preferred for this recipe.
By adding ingredients around the fish, rather than directly on top, allows for a more even distribution of flavors.
Serve with a light pasta with pesto, cheese of combination with vegetables for primavera, salad and/or vegetable.
Roast Leg of Lamb with Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Slices
7-9 lb. leg of lamb
HOMETOWN NUMBER 1 BLENDED SEASONING
Fresh rosemary leaves- 1 sprig if large
1 lemon sliced thin
Season lamb with a moderate to generous amount of HOMETOWN NUMBER 1 BLENDED SEASONING and rub entire surface with just enough water & olive oil to distribute seasoning evenly.
Place leg of lamb on a rack in an open roasting pan. On the top surface of lamb spread rosemary leaves evenly and arrange lemon slices to cover. Drizzle olive oil over lamb.
Place in a 325 degree oven and roast according to guide below.
When browning is visible on the surface of the roasting pan, add enough water to cover bottom of pan to prevent burning and yield an au jus. For added flavor cut onions, carrots and celery and place in roasting pan during roasting and baste.
For medium-well, lower temperature roasting is recommended.
For rare, either a high or low roasting temperatures will yield success.
It take lamb about 1 ¼ ti 1 ½ hours to reach 120 degrees F, at this point test temperature at regular intervals until desired doneness.Lamb temperature will rise approximately 10 degrees F during resting period.