There are a lot of things that are rough to cook. A whole chicken is one of them. This week's Cooking with Stanley menu required a whole chicken and I hope I won't need to again for a long time. I will say this, everything was delicious. I was eating the chicken as it was cut up it was so good. This week, we've also got an extra weeknight meal included. There are several recipes within The Tucci Cookbook perfect for weeknight dinners I'll be sharing over these last few weeks.
Cauliflower, Herb and Anchovy Timbale
Roasted Chicken with Vegetables
extra: Ziti with Broccoli
The Cauliflower, Herb and Anchovy Timbale was like a broccoli casserole. Confession: I omitted the anchovies. I hate dealing with them, even if they do cook out during the process. It grosses me out and this dish turned out just fine without them. The top had a nice cheesy crust that melted in your mouth. This is a great dish to make for a holiday or potluck. It's not too complicated and comes together fairly quick finishing in the oven.
No one tells you before dealing with a whole chicken that you need to deal with the cavity. It might just be part of the process but it's not pleasant. The cavity is stuffed with diced onion and herbs and the outside seasoned with salt and pepper. The chicken lays in a baking dish with a bunch of root veggies tossed in olive oil and extra herbs. The end result is quite tasty. The skin of the chicken is crispy but practically melts in your mouth and man was it delicious. This is a great Sunday night dinner. If you want to simplify it a bit, use a whole cut up chicken instead. Stuff onions and herbs underneath the skin to keep the extra boost of flavor.
Ziti wit Broccoli is one of the easiest dishes you can make for a weeknight. There are 3 ingredients and it comes together fast. Cook the broccoli in boiling water. Remove the broccoli. Boil your pasta in the same water. Drain. Mix pasta with a few tablespoons of olive oil and toss with broccoli. You may also add some parmesan cheese for an extra punch of flavor. It's simple, fast and not labor intense by any means.
Just a few more weeks of planned meals left! Have you had a favorite Cooking with Stanley dish or meal so far?