|Warm and Savory Winter Meal|
Recipe by Yankee Magazine
Welcome to 2012! I like to believe that the first few days of the new year set the tone for the entire year, and intentionally create the kinds of experiences I like during those days. So today I finished up a bit of old business, spent cozy time with my husband, chatted with a friend, took a walk, and simplified my New Year’s Day dinner plan.
Here’s a recipe that’s easy to prepare, even if you’ve been up much of the night celebrating. Another of my favorite recipes from Fruits of Fall, Yankee Magazine’s 2000 supplement, this dish features the delicious perennial herb rosemary. More like a shrub than a flower, rosemary can be gathered throughout the winter in many climates. New England herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons used to talk about going outside to shake the snow off her plants to gather some winter seasoning.
|Winter Veggies and Herbs|
|First Layer: Garlic-Oil Potatoes and Fennel|
You may use any amount/proportion of red potatoes and/or fennel that will fit into the bottom of your roasting pan. Yankee also suggests using ¾ tsp. dried rosemary if you don’t have fresh rosemary on hand.
Happy New Year to Everyone!
serves about 6
1 ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
8 small red potatoes
2 medium-size fennel bulbs
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
½ cup dry white wine
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Scrub potatoes and cut in half (or thirds if larger). Cut fennel bulbs into wedges about the same size as the potatoes. If you want to use the lower ends of the fennel stems, cut them into 1-inch sections.
In a mixing bowl, toss the potato and fennel pieces with olive oil and garlic. Place vegetables in bottom of a large roasting pan (8 x 14 inches or so).
Place chicken on top of veggies. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Pour wine over all.