Healthy Eating

Cider roasted chicken suits a smaller crowd

By: Noelle Konrad, of the Auburn Journal
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Cider Soaked Roasted Chicken

1 (4-5 pound whole chicken)
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced garlic
½ lemon
3 shallots, halved
3 apples quartered
1 ½ pounds of red grapes
2 cups apple cider
1 cup apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove giblets from chicken, rinse, pat dry and place in an oven safe dish.
In a small bowl mix together the seasonings and the olive oil with 1 tablespoon of the minced garlic.
Rub the mixture all over the chicken until saturated.
Stuff cavity with remaining minced garlic, lemon, whatever apple slices that will fit, and shallots.
Tie the chicken’s legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wings under the body.
Pour the cider and apple cider vinegar over the body of the chicken and throw some grapes and apples into the roasting dish.
Roast chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the juices run clear.
Optional: Once the chicken is done cooking, brush a little apple cider and olive oil on the skin and broil on high for 5 minutes for a crispy

Warm Honey Apple Cocktail

10 oz. apple cider
4 oz. whiskey
1 apple
2 tsp honey
½ tsp cinnamon

Slice apple into thick slices.
In a pot on the stove, place the cider, apple, honey, and cinnamon.
Bring to a boil.
Let it simmer for up to 5 minutes in order to release the flavors.
Add whiskey.
Pour into glasses and enjoy warm.
Optional: Strain mixture and use apple as garnish.

Not every holiday meal calls for a turkey dinner. Some dinner parties truthfully just aren’t big enough and you’re left with an immense amount of leftovers.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a big lover of leftover Thanksgiving dinner for weeks on end.
However, when the occasion just isn’t as grand as that majestic turkey and I need something for serving only a few, I reach for my Cider Soaked Roasted Chicken recipe.
Apple is another flavor that reminds me of fall. And roasting a whole chicken always leaves the meat moist and full of flavor. Throw in some roasted grapes and it’s a harvest on a plate.

Stir the taste of fall with warm honey apple cocktail
Sometimes cocktail hour is the best part of any social gathering, whether it is during appetizers or something to sip on before dessert.
Warm cocktails are wonderful to serve when the days start shifting into cooler weather. As the wind gets blustery, this toasty apple cocktail will warm from within.
Notes of apple, cinnamon, and honey ignite with delightful flavor and bring a feeling of nostalgia for fall.