Roasted Poussins with Anchovy-Mustard Pan Sauce

You can substitute two 3 1/2-pound chickens for the six poussins here; the cooking time will be about 20 minutes longer.

 

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KEY: Roasting, Dinner Party, New Year's Eve

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Ingredients

  • Six 1-pound poussins
  • Sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 2 large shallots, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 anchovy fillets, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Rub the poussins all over with paprika and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Truss the poussins by simply tying the legs together with string. Set the poussins in a large, shallow metal roasting pan. Roast the poussins in the upper third of the oven for 1 hour, or until nicely browned and the juices from the cavities run clear.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter with the flour until a smooth paste forms.
  3. Transfer the poussins to a large platter, draining their juices into the roasting pan. Pour the pan juices into a glass measuring cup and skim the fat from the surface: reserve 1 tablespoon of the fat.
  4. Set the roasting pan on two burners. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the stock into the glass measuring cup.
  5. Heat the reserved 1 tablespoon of fat in a medium saucepan. Add the shallots and cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the liquid in the measuring cup and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Whisk in the anchovies, mustard and flour paste and whisk until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the herbs and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into a warmed gravy boat.
  6. Cut the strings from the poussins and transfer them to plates. Pass the anchovy-mustard sauce at the table.

Suggested Pairing

Luxurious reds with plenty of ripe fruit, like California Zinfandel, smooth the edges of sharp and briny sauces.

Contributed By Photo © Anna Williams Published October 2002

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