Happy week before Thanksgiving everyone! I trust that you are readying your homes. sorting through recipes, and making arrangements to spend time with family & friends. I really love Thanksgiving, and not just for the food! It’s one of the few times a year when my whole family is able to gather round a dinner table and share time together.
When I was a kid, we spent a few Thanksgivings at my Granny and Papa’s house in the Texas panhandle. Their one bedroom, one bathroom home housed over 30 of us for our Thanksgiving lunch and as a kid it was magical. Aunts, uncles, and cousins would pile in and we had the best time! After lunch my cousins and I would go run around and play in the groves of trees where my uncles had made a make shift tee-pee from fallen limbs. They lived in the Texas countryside so occasionally we ran into wild turkeys, deer, and on one occasion a skunk!
Today, Thanksgivings still include a lot of family and a lot less skunks! Thankfully! But one thing I also try to yearly is host a Friendsgiving! It’s a time to gather girlfriends around a table to enjoy good conversation and delicious food. It’s very fun, I highly recommend it!
Any excuse to get together for a fancy meal is always fine by me! I made stuffing, mashed potatoes, and salad. But by far the crowning jewel of this meal was the Lemon Butter Roasted Chicken. This is a great alternative to a turkey, especially if you are serving smaller numbers.
My friend Abbey Wells also came to photograph the occasion. Abbey’s photography focuses on capturing everyday moments. She doesn’t stage anything, she just captures whatever happens. And can I tell you, she is WONDERFUL at it.
I was really glad she captured our lunch, especially the following progression of pictures where we were trying to open a bottle of sparkling cider! Let the record show that I was the one who finally opened it! After all, I have a picture to prove it!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on what you are grateful for. Friends, family, and daily provisions. And today I am exceptionally grateful for good recipes that I can share with friends! Hope you can find time before the week is out to sit with your own friends around a Lemon Butter Roasted Chicken! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
- 1 whole chicken
- 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced.
- 1. Preheat oven to 425.
- 2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Salt and pepper the inside and outside of the chicken. Cut 1 lemon in half then place both halves in the cavity. Use bakers twine to tie chicken legs back and together. Place chicken in baking pan breast side up.
- 3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes. Use a basting brush to apply garlic butter mixture all over the chicken. Sprinkle rosemary on the outside of the chicken.
- 4. Slice the remaining lemons thinly, and place around or on top of the chicken. Roast in the over for about 30 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, baste it again and set back in the oven for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the chicken skin is golden brown.
- 5. Remove from oven and enjoy!