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Food & Wine
October 10, 2012
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Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash
Chicken quarters roasted with golden squash and sage are nice for a chilly autumn evening. To help the squash to brown evenly, be sure to spoon off the fat from the roasting pan after removing the breasts. This is a case where less is more: A thin layer of fat will brown the vegetable better than a quarter-inch of it.
Art Smith uses a mix of roasted root vegetables, such as the beets, turnips, parsnips and celery root here, to make a delicious salad in colder months. His vinaigrette, made with fresh orange juice, shallot and white balsamic vinegar, is equally wintry.
Roasting carrots until they are golden brown brings out their sweetness and provides a perfect foil for tart lemon juice and musky cumin. Our silken puree is a particularly good side dish for lamb and also for roasted chicken.
Chef Sam Hayward usually tops these lush onion-sweetened greens with an excellent aged raw-milk cheese from Vermont called Tarentaise. He says Gruyère or any other Alpine-style cheese is a great substitute.
Chef Nuno Mendes separates brussels sprout leaves by hand before sautèing them, an extremely time-consuming task. Thinly slicing the sprouts vertically—by hand or with a food processor fitted with a slicing blade—gets similar results in a fraction of the time.
We like to serve this homey dessert warm with vanilla ice cream. If you prefer it straight, reduce the amount of ground cloves to one-eighth teaspoon, or the flavor may be overwhelming. Be sure your baking dish is at least two inches deep so the sweet juices don’t bubble over the edge and burn onto your oven floor. If the crisp comes to the top of the dish, put a baking sheet under it.