Thursday, October 27, 2011

Roasting a Chicken 101: Jolie's Review

One of the many reasons I love this blog is it takes me out of my comfort zone and makes me try something I would never have done on my own. Plus it helps me along the way with tips I desperately need to become an official “cook”. For instance when Missy wrote, “I washed the Turkey inside and out before starting”, I thought to myself, now did I do that when I made my chicken?!

I am not much of a meat cooker, let alone eater, but I am starting to be swayed after this recipe! I did the Emily Costco thing of two chickens of just under 5 lbs each. For this evening I used only one of the chickens and served it with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. I fed my family and our two neighbor adults for just under $10!

I managed to find some fresh sage from the garden and followed everything else as close to the recipe as I could. Well minus the wire rack and baster thingies (who needs that fancy stuff?). I substituted the Oktoberfest beer with “Dumb Luck” beer, thinking it fit me better.

My fans raved about how moist it was! Not sure if I can contribute that to the fact that I didn’t use a rack or that I didn’t baste every 5 minutes either. (I managed to throw that bird in, work for two hours, and leave it on low after the timer went off.) So this is really a fool proof recipe if you ask me.

When I make chicken number two, I will try out propping the bird onto a beer can and comparing the taste with this first one. I will post in the comments below how it goes. I will be contributing to my first work potluck on Halloween. I'll let you know how that goes too!


  1. Jolie you crack me up with that Dumb Luck. I'm with you -- forget the fancy stuff and wing it! :)

  2. I am cracking up over your Dumb Luck beer … so funny and such a great name! Love that this is foul proof recipe. Great post, as always, Jols! And beautiful picture. How can your mouth not water when seeing a chicken like that??? Delicious!

  3. Well done, Jolie! The beauty of the roast chicken is being able to let it do its thang! I am very intrigued with the beer; haven't tried that technique before.