Welcome to the first of four celebratory French Fridays with Dorie posts! This week we were tasked with choosing our very favorite recipe from the book and explaining why. We are also sharing our Top 5 favorites. This was not an easy task! I may have cheated a bit…
Roast Chicken for Lazy People with Asparagus and Bits of Bacon
Roast Chicken for les Paresseux!
Why did I choose this one? Several reasons:
- I have made this recipe many times, perhaps the most of any other recipe from the book.
- I love roast chicken and this is a good recipe (and easy!).
- The bread trick!
- My whole family loves this one.
- This recipe represents the quintessential Dorie recipe that is more a technique than a recipe. I love the options she gives us: Add root vegetables. Or not. Make a sauce. Or not. Share the super-tasty, sinfully delicious piece of bread. Or not.
The Top 5
Choosing my most favorite recipe was actually easier than choosing the top 5. My initial pass-through of the book started with a list of favorites nearly 30 long. I had to be ruthless! Here is the list, with links to, and comments from, my original posts:
1. Roast Chicken for les Paresseux
“The chicken was fabulous with crispy brown skin and tender meat. My husband especially loved the garlic that roasted along with the chicken. My mother-in-law and I both enjoyed “the bread trick” (the chicken is roasted on top of a piece of bread which soaks up the cooking juices and gets wonderfully caramelized).”
2. Curried Mussels
3. Navarin Printanier
“… I loved Navarin Printanier. The lamb was tender, the broth rich and flavorful, and the vegetables were perfectly cooked.”
4. Spinach and Bacon Quiche
“This was a very yummy quiche that my 7 year old daughter loved! But what’s not to love about bacon, eggs, cheese and spinach?”
5. Tomato-Cheese Tartlets
“These tartlets are a real winner and I will be making these every tomato season!”
Honorable Mentions: Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Onion Biscuits, Provençal Olive Fougasse, Salmon Tartare, Armagnac Chicken, Café Salle Pleyel Hamburger, Brown-Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote.
Top 3 Desserts
You may notice that the list above does not include any desserts. That’s because I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one to include on the Top 5 list. So I made a top desserts list instead! These three desserts are the ones I think about most often and dream about making (and eating) again.
1. Tourteau de Chevre
“I’m SO glad I had an excuse to make Tourteau de Chèvre. I love, love, loved it! I served it with sliced strawberries and drizzled with a little honey. The strawberries paired fabulously with it! The dessert was a big hit with everyone, even my chocolate-loving husband who seemed skeptical when I described it to him earlier in the day.”
“This was a huge hit! Everyone loved it. My daughter ate hers very enthusiastically and then had seconds. My 5 year old niece wasn’t sure she even wanted to try it, then ended up loving it so much she gave it “20 thumbs up”! I will be making this one again for sure.”
3. Orange-Almond Tart
“Why did I wait so long to try this tart? I knew I would like it because, you know, dessert. But I didn’t expect to love, love, love it! I loved the unexpected burst of orange juice. The flavor went so well with the creamy almond filling and the tender, sweet crust.”
The Husband Top 5
I asked my husband to pick his top 5 recipes, since we didn’t always agree. Here are his favorites, keeping in mind that he chose from my already narrowed-down list of 30:
- Top-Secret Chocolate Mousse
- Roast Chicken for les Paresseux
- Armagnac Chicken
- Pancetta Green Beans
- Crab-Avocado “Ravioli”
There you have it! There are many other recipes that didn’t make these lists that are still delicious and I would make again. I can’t wait to read the other favorites lists! If you are interested in seeing what the other Dorista’s chose as their favorites, check out the links here.