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Chorizo-Stuffed Capon with Sorrel Brown Butter

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS plus 6 hr brining
  • SERVINGS: 8

As an alternative to chicken, Tim Love often roasts capon—a young, neutered rooster. Capons are usually bigger and slightly chewier than chicken, with a more profound chickeny flavor. Love stuffs his bird like a turkey with a rich combination of bread, chorizo and smoked cheddar cheese. Then, instead of gravy, he serves it with a nutty and delicately tart sauce made with brown butter and sorrel, a slightly sour and acidic green herb.

To make the Pulled Capon and Watercress Salad with Citrus Dressing: Reserve 1 1/4 pounds (4 cups) of skinless, boneless capon.

  1. 4 cups hot water
  2. 1/4 cup crushed red pepper
  3. 2 large garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1/2 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  5. 8 cups cold water
  6. One 11-pound capon
  7. 6 ounces dry chorizo, thinly sliced
  8. 1/2 pound smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  9. 4 cups cubed crustless peasant bread (1/2-inch dice)
  10. 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  11. Extra-virgin olive oil, for rubbing
  12. Freshly ground pepper
  13. 1 stick unsalted butter
  14. 2 ounces sorrel, stemmed and finely shredded
  1. In a large pot, combine the hot water with the crushed red pepper, garlic and the 1/2 cup of salt and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the cold water and the capon. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Drain and rinse the capon, then pat dry. In a medium skillet, cook the chorizo over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the smoked cheddar, bread cubes and stock and stir. Loosely stuff the capon with half of the mixture and transfer the rest to a small baking dish.
  3. Transfer the capon to a roasting pan and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Rub the bird with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast the capon for about 2 hours until golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh registers 170°; turn the pan occasionally during roasting for even browning. Let the capon rest for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bake the stuffing in the baking dish for 20 minutes, until heated through and browned and crusty on top.
  5. In a medium skillet, cook the butter over moderate heat until nutty and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sorrel and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring until wilted, about 1 minute.
  6. Spoon the stuffing from the cavity of the capon into a serving dish. Carve the capon and transfer to a platter. Spoon the sorrel butter over the capon and serve with the baked stuffing.

Suggested Pairing

The chorizo stuffing in this flavorful bird is rich enough that it needs a wine with firm tannins and acidity, like a top-quality Rioja from Spain.

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