Our last recipe in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Chicken in a Pot: the garlic and lemon version page 206. This recipe was a big hit in our house and will be repeated, despite my few little mix ups.
This chicken dinner includes preserved lemon (I substituted lemon rind), sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, rosemary and chicken of course.
So mistake number 1. I used my dutch oven to brown my vegetables and chicken, I thought I would save on dishes. Then it occurred to me that the dough to seal the pot would melt against the hot pot. Thanks to my husband's quick thinking he cooled the pot in water before we put the dough on.
Mistake number 2. I added too much water to my flour and the dough was impossibly soft. I kept adding flour to try and thicken it up but I got too impatient. As you can see it was not a pretty sight when it came out of the oven. Next time I will try the pizza dough idea.
Mistake number 3. After I had jammed the lid on and put the pot in the oven I realized that I had forgot to put in the liquid. Rats! I took it out of the oven and added the liquid but any hopes of a pretty presentation in the pot were over. Luckily it was not for guests. I used chicken thighs because that is what I had in the freezer but it sounds like pieces are much easier to work with than a whole chicken. Since the pieces were successful for us we will repeat that next time. I smeared the garlic cloves on crusty bread that we served, I was the only one that liked it.
I have said it before and I will say it again, I wish I had found this group 3 years ago but I am so happy for the year that I have spent with you all. I look forward to finishing the book even if it is by myself.