Casserole Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables
- SERVINGS: 4
Once you put the casserole in the oven, this one-pot meal can be left to cook virtually unattended. Roasting root vegetables concentrates their natural sugars, making them very sweet.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- One 4-pound chicken
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 3 medium carrots, cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 small white turnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 1 cup peeled, diced banana squash or 1 large parsnip, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 1/2 medium celery root, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter in the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Add the rosemary to the cavity and tie the legs together.
- Set the chicken in the casserole on 1 breast and cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Carefully turn the chicken onto its other breast and cook until browned, about 4 minutes longer. Turn the bird on its back, scatter all the vegetables around it and season with salt and pepper. Cover and roast in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours, or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced; stir the vegetables every 20 minutes or so. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter, cover and keep warm.
- Skim the fat from the juices in the casserole. Boil, stirring, until reduced to 1/2 cup. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.
Serve with a juicy California Pinot Noir, like Signorello Carneros Pinot Noir Las Amigas Vineyard.