Everyday Mom's Meals: Downsized Holiday

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Downsized Holiday

I have talked many times about growing up with Thanksgivings spent in Pennsylvania, at my Grammy's house, with her massive holiday table filled to the brim with every holiday dish you could possibly want. From the beautiful turkey, variety of sides and of course the desserts that made her famous, those meals were truly legendary and what all others will be compared to for me.

But when I got older, and school, work and life got busier, my parents made the decision
we couldn't make the trip every year. We needed to stay home, and start our own traditions. I won't lie. Going from those big family gatherings, to just the three of us sitting down at the table was a little depressing. We of course loved being together, and mom and dad always made sure our meal was delicious, but it just wasn't the same.

Plus, when you are just cooking for a few, the huge spread isn't practical, so you have to find ways enjoy the holiday flavors you love, on a smaller scale. That is where this chicken comes in!

This is something my mom would do for us in place of a large turkey; and if you are only cooking for a small group this Thanksgiving, it would be perfect for you as well. Tender, juicy, bursting with flavor, and perfectly complimented by cranberry sauce, and your favorite mashed taters, it is absolutely holiday worthy.

But the truly great thing? It's simple enough for any day of the week too! Sunday supper maybe?

However you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, how many you plan on celebrating with, or how big the meal is, the important thing is to make sure we all take a minute to remember how truly blessed we are and have so much to be thankful for!

Oven Roasted Chicken
4-5 lb. whole chicken, patted dry
2 TBS butter, melted
1 TBS kosher salt
2 tsp. pepper
1/2 TBS garlic powder
1/2 TBS garlic salt
1 TBS onion powder
1 TBS paprika
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 c. chicken broth, divided use
Dried Parsley

Preheat oven to 300. Tie chicken's legs and wings. In a small bowl combine all seasonings, except dried parsley. Mix well. Baste chicken with butter. Sprinkle with seasoning mix, rubbing into the chicken. In a large roasting pan with a rack, pour 1 cup broth into the bottom. Place chicken on rack. Roast for 2.5 hours, basting with other cup of broth 2-3 times. Increase heat to 400 for last 30 minutes. When chicken reaches internal temperature of 165, remove from oven to allow to rest. Baste with broth once more, and sprinkle with parsley. 

Shared at Weekend Potluck
Shared at Meal Plan Monday

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