To me, there is nothing more delicious and satifying than a perfectly seasoned roasted chicken in the fall and winter....unless, it's a roasted turkey, of course, and Thanksgiving we be upon us before we know it!
I was recently contacted by a representative of the Ariosto Seasonings company in Italy who asked if I would like to use and review their seasonings. Being a huge fan of traditional Italian seasonings I was more than pleased to say, Yes! How fun and exciting to receive an envelope postmarked from Italy.
For my roasted chicken, I used the seasoning for roasted meats and chicken and also used the seasoning packet for potatoes. The Ariosto seasoning for the chicken contains rosemary, garlic, sage, juniper, laurel, oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil and sea salt. The seasoning for roasted potatoes contains garlic, rosemary, sage, juniper, basil, marjoram, oregano, laurel, coriander, parsley and sea salt.
Before I added the seasoning blend to the chicken, I rubbed the chicken inside and out with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. I then rubbed a teaspoon of seasoning all over the bird and added some to the inside also. I then placed the lemon halves in the cavity and roasted both the chicken and potatoes for about 75-90 minutes in a 350F oven, or until the juices run clear when pierced with a knife. I siphoned off the most of the fat as the chicken was cooking and used just a little to baste both the chicken and the potatoes.
In one word - DELICIOUS!
I plan on using the same seasoning that I used for the chicken on my Thanksgiving turkey. Today, I also made a tomato sauce with the seasoning for tomato based sauces that I will be sharing in an upcoming post.
Note: If you unable to locate Ariosto Seasonings you could try making your own seasoning mixture using equal parts (about 1/2 teaspoon each) of rosemary, garlic, sage, juniper, ground bay leaf, oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil and sea salt.
Ariosto seasonings can be purchased in the United States at these locations:
RANIERI FINE FOOD in New York
Telephone 718 599 9520
CAPRI FLAVOURS in North Carolina
SALUMERIA ITALIANA in Boston