Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Herbs

Not doing much gardening this summer, the weather was so screwy and cold and I never got anything planted. No tomatoes, no peppers, no lettuces :(  But much to my surprise all the herbs came back and they came back really nice and full! I thought the rosemary was gone, but despite looking pretty bad, rather yellow and sad, it survived a few blizzards, and a really big Nor' Easter! It came back to a beautiful green color, looking lush and much thicker.


A great recipe to use up some of the fresh rosemary is Lidia's Mother's Chicken and Potatoes! It's delicious!  I've posted it before but it's so good, it deserves another look!

Lidia's Mother's Chicken and Potatoes
Source: adapted, Lidia's Family Table by Lidia Bastianich
Printable Recipe

2 1/2 pounds chicken legs (separated the drumsticks from the thighs) or assorted pieces (bone-in) (I take the skin off! Cut big pieces, like breasts in smaller pieces, and the tips from wings!)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 pound small potatoes, preferably no bigger than 2 inches across (I used fingerlings, sliced lengthwise)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or more
2 onions, peeled and quartered lengthwise
2 branches fresh rosemary
2 pickled cherry peppers, sweet or hot, or none -- or more! Cut in half and seeded (I used both sweet and hot)
Bacon (optional)

Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels.

Pour the canola oil into the skillet and set over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt on all sides. When the oil is very hot, lay the pieces in it, skin side down, an inch or so apart -- watch out for oil spatters. Don't crowd the chicken: if necessary, fry it in batches, with similar pieces (like drumsticks) together.

Let the chicken pieces fry in place for several minutes to brown on the underside, then turn and continue frying until they're golden brown on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes or more. Fry breast pieces only for 5 minutes or so, taking them out of the oil as soon as they are golden. Let the bacon rolls cook and get lightly crisp, but not dark. Adjust the heat to maintain steady sizzling and coloring; remove the crisped chicken pieces with tongs to a bowl.

Meanwhile, rinse and dry the potatoes; slice each one in half, then toss them with the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

When all the chicken and bacon, if using, is cooked and out of the skillet, pour off the oil. Return the skillet to medium heat and put in all the potatoes, cut side down in a single layer, into the hot pan. Drizzle a bit more oil if the pan seems dry. Fry and crisp the potatoes for about 4 minutes to form a crust, then move them around the pan, still cut side down, until they're all brown and crisp, 7 minutes or more. Turn them over, and fry another 2 minutes to cook and crisp the other sides of the potatoes.

If cooking everything together:
Still over medium heat, toss the onion wedges and rosemary branches around the pan, in with the potatoes. If using cherry peppers (either hot or sweet), cut the seeded halves into 1/2-inch-wide pieces and scatter them in the pan too.

Return the chicken pieces -- except breast pieces -- to the pan, pour in any juices that have accumulated. Raise the heat slightly, and carefully turn and tumble the chicken, potatoes, and onion (and bacon and/or pepper pieces), so they're heating and getting coated with pan juices but take care not to break the potato pieces. Spread everything out in the pan - potatoes on the bottom as much as possible, to keep crisping up - and cover.

Return the heat to medium, and cook for about 7 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, then uncover, and tumble the pieces and potatoes (and bacon rolls) again. Cover, and cook another 7 minutes or so, adding the breast pieces at this point. Give everything another tumble. Now cook covered for 10 minutes more.

Remove the cover, turn the pieces again, and cook in the open skillet for about 10 minutes, to evaporate the moisture and caramelize everything. Taste a bit of the potato (or chicken) for salt, and sprinkle on more as needed. Turn the pieces now and then; when they are all glistening and golden, and the potatoes are cooked through, remove the skillet from the stove. Serve family style.
English Thyme, Spearmint, Rosemary and Oregano


Joining Mary from The Little Red House for another Mosaic Monday!  Stop by the Little Red House to see lots of fantastic Mosaics every week!


  1. Thanks for the recipe. Looks wonderful. Love the mosaic of the herbs (why didn't I think of that? !!!). My mosaic will be up later this evening. Have a great day.

  2. Delicious dish and great mosaic! My husbands favorite herb is rosemary! He would love this chicken.

  3. Love Lidia and rosemary! Beautiful Mosaic!

  4. Sounds delicious. Herbs make everything taste better.

  5. You did a great job on the mosaics. One of the best meals ever is a roasted chicken with rosemary and roasted potatoes. Pure comfort.

  6. As nice as the combination mosaic is, I love the simplicity of the chive one. Very visually interesting. The picture frames make me think that these would be suitable for printing, framing, and hanging as a vignette in the kitchen.

  7. So yummy with the fresh rosemary. I love Lydia's.

    I must learn how to do the there a tutorial?

    Art by Karena

  8. Fantastic! Another delicious one.
    And the mosaic are so pretty.
    Have a lovely week ahead.

    " Regina "

  9. I really like Lydia's recipes and I love to watch her cooking on TV on PBS. Now you've given me a hankering for this dish, Carol! I love using hot cherry peppers in it...yum!

    I grow all my herbs in flower pots. Most come back every year, except basil which is an annual. I've actually taken my rosemary inside in autumn so it can winter on my windowsill ...fresh rosemary all year long!

  10. Since the day my friend introduced rosemary to me, I have been using it for my chicken recipes. Love it!

    Your mosaic of the herbs, almost made me sing Scarborough Fair: Parsely Sage Rosemary & Thyme. (smile).

    Happy Father's Day Celebration!

  11. Oh my! A recipe too! Love it!

  12. Lovely photos of your herbs. I love the framing! And your recipe sounds delicious, we love chicken.

  13. That closeup of rosemary is fabulous! Don't you adore that herb? I use it all the time; have some right now in my crisper.
    And your recipe looks delish..all those goodies in one pan! Bacon would NOT be optional around here, it would be a necessity!

  14. salivating here at the sight of that chicken. yummmmmm. love rosemarry one of my favorite herbs, lucky you just have to pick from your garden

  15. Great photos of your herbs and a yummy looking recipe.

  16. Pickled cherry peppers are a new item for me?

  17. You never had them before, Joyce? They're hot but they add a lot of flavor. They're great sliced on a sandwich!

    Thanks for all the nice comments! Always appreciated!

  18. You are so lucky your rosemary came back! My sage, parsley and tarragon all came back this year as well as the chives, as always.

    This sounds like a great recipe, Carol!

  19. That sounds and looks yummy. Rosemary is probably my favorite herb. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. YOU - actually growing herbs!! There must be a Santa Claus too.... LMAO

  21. i had the most beautiful rosemary bush but i think i left it outside one too many times and it got one of the frosts and it didn't make it...i hope i can find that type again it was cheap ($10) and was so tasty in my cooking!


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