Roasting is one of the most versatile cooking techniques. You can prepare oven roasted vegetables or an elaborate roasted turkey for Thanksgiving. Here's a breakdown of the basics behind each of them.
Roasting vegetables all follow a simple procedure.
- Preheat oven anywhere from between 400-500 degrees
- Toss with oil
- Season salt and pepper
Nicely roasted vegetables need higher temperatures to get the caramelization desired. Here's a batch of roasted Broccoli I made the other day.
Roasting a Whole Chicken
By age 30, I would say every adult should be able to roast a whole chicken. I was planning on creating a video but I always share this video with anyone who asks "what are the basics to cooking a whole chicken?" Who better than Thomas Keller to explain how to do just that!
Basic components of roasted poultry
- Truss chicken (optional)
- After room temp, season with salt and pepper.
- Place on bed of vegetables or on a wire rack baking sheet.
- Roast in your oven for 40-60 minutes depending on the size of the bird.
I will confess that when I'm pressed for time and want to "just eat", I love to butterfly the whole chicken. As the video will elaborate, it allows the chicken to cook at a more even rate and most importantly, much faster.