Today I made my first roast dinner all by myself! I often volunteer on Mother's Day or birthdays to do the Sunday dinner but inevitably my Mum ends up interferring because she likes things done her way whereas I like to do things a bit differently. However, today for some reason I managed to do it all alone. I roasted a chicken with a pesto butter rub under the skin and jamon serrano on top of the breast. Oh my, it was delicious! I'll share the recipe below:
125g butter, softened
Juice of one lemon
Large handful of basil
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic
Whizz all of the above ingredients together in a food processor then rub in in between the chicken skin and meat. (This gets your hands very dirty and it feels almost gross but good in a weird way.) Stuff the chicken cavity with 2 garlic cloves and a whole peeled onion. Roast in the oven at gas mark 6 for about an hour and a half. Halfway through the roasting time, cover the breast with about 4 slices of jamon serrano or parma ham.
This was SO delicious! Sometimes roast chicken can be so boring and dry, but this was oozing with flavour and the chicken was so tender and delicious. I really recommend using butter rubs in future. I think I'll play around with these and maybe do some Moroccan inspired chicken rubs. There are endless possibilities.
By the way, thank you for all the comments on my last post. I think my blog will change quite a bit over the next few months, more recipes, more house stuff, more laid back. I think then I'll be able to find my blogging groove again. Oh and in a bid to raise some money to buy things when we move I am selling some things on eBay including the above items; a River Island skirt, Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop skirt and New Look red blazer. Nothing is listed above £5 so get bidding today! We will probably be putting the money towards a dining room table...or a big American style fridge that Scott is obsessed with. Hmm.
Have you got any favourite Sunday dinner recipes to share with me?