We’re consuming the very best lemon hen this Monday as a result of it’s the last word Monday meal. Comforting and hearty and improbable.
Oh my gosh.
So I figured Eddie would really like it. However I simply thought he’d… LIKE it. That’s it. Not be completely loopy over it as a result of he doesn’t all the time love dishes with lemon. I’ve made some scrumptious ones extra just lately that we’ve each been into, however lemon hen is rarely his go-to meal.
I used to be blown away when he stated it was a few of the finest hen he has ever had. The seasoning on high is to die for. I believe he ate each final piece of hen that evening. It’s ridiculously flavorful and the lemon slices get all caramely. Can’t even get sufficient!
And more often than not I’m completely MEH over hen. Except it’s smothered in gravy.
This little seasoning mix that I threw collectively is so, so good! It’s nothing particular – most stuff you most likely have in your pantry proper now. However the mixture of those spices with some freshly grated lemon zest takes the whole factor excessive.
We nearly all the time use boneless, skinless hen thighs, however this time I went with common hen thighs (with the pores and skin!) so the highest would get a bit crispy. You may definitely use the boneless, skinless ones after all. However these… holy cow. The feel AND taste. Yep yep.
Additionally, meyer lemons! Might they BE any extra great? This isn’t the primary time that I’ve used them in an edible state. And what I imply by that’s sure – you’ll be able to eat that total lemon slice! I’ve put meyer lemons on pizza earlier than and made meyer lemon scones, in addition to candied meyer lemons on salad and put meyer lemons in butter!
Oh. And sangria. How might I overlook?
Let’s speak about sides! The apparent, like mashed potatoes or salads or rice. The traditionals, if you’ll. They’d be nice with this. I find it irresistible with this spicy roasted broccoli or the Sicilian roasted cauliflower. These buttered rosemary smashed potatoes make for a flowery facet and these mustard roasted brussels additionally work!
The garlic! Can’t imagine I didn’t point out the garlic. On the sheet pan, I throw a couple of cloves and they’re going to get all caramely too. You may truly eat one and it’ll form of style like garlic caramel. In a great way, I swear. You may mash them up and unfold them on toast or one thing.
Similar with the whole head of garlic. It’s not essential to throw in there, however you’ll be able to squeeze out the cloves and use them as you please and they’re just about among the best issues to ever exist.
Then contemporary oregano on high! It’s provides it much more taste however let’s be sincere – additionally makes it prettier.
The drippings within the sheet pan from the hen, leftover olive oil and lemon juice mixed are SO good. You may spoon it over the hen to serve (a should) or additionally toast up a baguette and dip it by the combination. Doesn’t that simply sound like a dream?! You need to strive it!
Meyer Lemon Roasted Rooster
- 1 1/2 kilos hen thighs
- three tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/four teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/four teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/four teaspoon pink pepper flakes
- four garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 meyer lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 head of garlic
- three tablespoons contemporary oregano
Preheat the oven to 425 levels F. Brush a baking sheet with a drop of olive oil or mist it with olive oil. Pat the hen dry with paper towels.
In a bowl, stir collectively the lemon zest, salt, pepper, basil, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder and pepper flakes.
Place the hen on the baking sheet and drizzle it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sprinkle the seasoning combination over high on every hen thigh. Place the garlic cloves and lemon slices across the hen. Slice off the highest of the garlic head and rub off any extra paper on the outsides, then place the pinnacle of garlic, cloves-side up on the sheet too. Take the remaining olive oil and drizzle it over high of the seasoned hen, head of garlic and lemons.
Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, or till the insides of the hen reaches 165 levels F. Take away the hen and sprinkle on the contemporary oregano. Serve!
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