Garlic roasted chicken with cauliflower puree – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder's roast chicken with cauliflower mash

Alida Ryder’s roast chicken with cauliflower mash

Alida says,”I’m trying to limit the amount of carbs we eat at night, I picked up a few cauliflower heads and turned them into the smoothest, most buttery puree which was the perfect accompaniment to the juicy, delicious chicken. And the garlic! Oh, the garlic. You guys, I could probably live off roasted garlic. I roasted 6 (SIX!!) heads along with the chicken and ate 4 of them. FOUR! I ate four WHOLE garlic heads. I just couldn’t stop. When roasted, the garlic becomes sweet and subtle and sucking them out of their papery skins is seriously the most fun you can have with your pants on. Except if you like to eat with your pants off, in which case… *judgy eyes*”

Garlic roasted chicken with cauliflower puree

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

for the roast chicken

4-6 fresh chicken leg portions (drumstick attached to thigh)
2 tablespoons butter
salt & pepper to taste
10 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 heads of garlic, tops cut off
salt & pepper to taste

for the cauliflower purée
1 large/2 medium heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
1-2 tablespoons butter
salt & pepper to taste

to serve
steamed vegetables of your choice

Instructions
Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper then place in an oven-proof dish and cover with foil.

Add the herbs and garlic then place in the oven and allow to roast for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is almost cooked through and the garlic is soft. Remove the foil and turn the heat up to 220°c. Allow to roast for another 10 minutes until the chicken is golden brown then remove and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

In the meanwhile, steam the cauliflower until soft then purée with the butter, salt and pepper.

Serve the roast chicken with the cauliflower purée, roasted garlic and vegetables of your choice.

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Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder is one of my favourite food people.  Excellent cook, recipe developer, great photographer.  Her website has a huge following and she is doing things she could only have dreamed of a few years ago.  She’s written two books Simple & Delicious and Cook from the heart.  Click here to go to her fabulous website. Click here to buy her first e-book.

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June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |