Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chicken drumsticks roasted with herb and lemon butter

I have to write about these while I can still taste them.  I made them for my boys tea this evening and ended up eating the remaining few myself wishing that I had made twice the amount. I had not intended them as worthy of the blog really, but they are sublime and make my mouth water just thinking about them.
They would be great for a party snack and they are really versatile in that they wont dry out if left until cold.  All the herbs proudly came from the garden ...  

For 3 servings (2 drumsticks each), you will need:

6 organic or free range chicken drumsticks, skin on
2 large knobs melted butter
1 tblsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
a bunch of fresh mixed herbs, chopped - parsley, marjoram, sage or thyme, whatever you have
juice of half a lemon

In a large deep casserole dish with lid, heat the olive oil and 1 knob of butter.  When the butter foams and bubbles, add the drumsticks and cook until they are browned nicely on all sides.  Turn the heat down (I put mine on the diffuser on the smallest ring, lowest setting) and cook slowly for 30-35 minutes.  Turn them every so often to ensure they are cooked through on all sides - the drumsticks may vary in size with a small one cooking more quickly than a large one - cut into a large one to see if the inner flesh against the bone is no longer pink.   When they are all cooked through, add the remaining lump of butter, the garlic, herbs and lemon juice.  Keep the heat on for a few minutes and then turn it off.  Replace the lid, shake the dish slightly to distribute the juices and leave the chicken to infuse with the flavours for a few minutes.
Serve and savour the delicious taste.

There was complete silence this evening about 2 minutes after these were served - each boy with buttery juice dribbling down from his chin to his elbows - it's on evenings like these, when they enjoy it so much, that it makes cooking at home so enjoyable, so rewarding and utterly satisfying.  To nurture my children through the food that that I cook everyday is something that will form them as people, it will be with them for the rest of their lives.  Producing home-cooked, home-grown food daily for your family is the ultimate nurturing activity which will be carried on for generations.

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