Roasting Up a Storm: Rosemary Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Smashed Potatoes

First things first, it snowed this weekend! Our lovely city was transformed(for about 12 hours) into a magical mystical winter wonderland! Unfortunately I was ridiculously sick so I could only gaze longingly out my window at the snow while cursing the people out having snowball fights (till 4AM!!!!) and crying/angstily blowing my nose. Twas a sad and snotty time. Still I’m glad it snowed. Sure the streets are slushy and slippery and it’s beyond freezing outside but at least now I get to wear mittens and drink hot drinks while listening to holiday music and Fleet Foxes (slash I listen to them all the time anyways but they seem extra fantastic during winter!) I’m also loving this snow business because that means its officially alright to start cooking hearty, herby, homey meals (alliteration!!!) I bought a squash earlier this week and plan on stocking up on root veggies the next time I hit up the grocery store and I will roast them all!!! There’s nothing better on a cold night then a kitchen warmed by a hot oven roasting up a delicious stick to your bones kind of meal. So as soon as I was less snotty healthy I cranked up the oven, busted out some chicken and brussels sprouts, and got to cookin.

At least I have a nice view from my window right?

When I told my friends that I was planning on cooking up some brussels sprouts I immediately incurred a whole lot of smack talking. None of my friends like brussels sprouts! Probs cause the only way they’ve ever had them is boiled or steamed a.k.a. gross, which is fair. When you boil/steam them they get mushy and turn into weird, kind of bitter, limp mini cabbages. Not so appealing. BUT I did not plan on doing this to my poor little brussels. Naw, I was gonna roast em. With some chicken. So despite all my friends being jerkos I ran with it.

Raw chicken is so photogenic. It should really consider modeling.

I love chicken with rosemary so I decided I’d roast some drumsticks with rosemary to eat with my brussels. It’s been a while since I roasted chicken but luckily I still had the touch. I mixed a couple of tablespoons of olive oil with some rosemary, salt, pepper, and smashed garlic. I put some under the skin to make sure the flavor really got in there then poured the rest over the top.

Just some laying some flavor down on my chicken, you know
Again, raw chicken is just so great at photos. I could barely stop taking them

After my chicken was all herbed up and ready to go I threw it in the oven and turned to my brussels. I had bought about ten for us to split, which turned out to be just right. I split the small brussels in half and quartered the bigger ones. I also cut off the bottom little bit and tossed the top leaves as they had all turned a little brown, happens I guess. I tossed my brussels in some olive oil, salt, and pepper and tossed them into the oven with my chicken (in a separate dish)

So purty and so yummay

While my chicken and brussels were cookin I turned my attention to my potatoes. I’ve read a couple times about “smashed” pan friend potatoes so I thought I’d give it a try. I had some little yukons hanging around so i decided to give them a good boil then try smashing them. I let them boil till they were tender and could be pierced with a fork. Once they were finished I drained them, let them cool a little bit, then put em in a pan and smashed em up!

How cuuute
SMAAAASHED! Fun way to work out some aggression

My chicken, brussels, and potatoes all finished up around the same time. I pulled out my roasted goodies and I gotta say, they looked pretty darn delicious. Also holy crap I’m watching Oprah’s favorite things right now. AMAZING! How can she afford all that stuff?? I want that coach bag and the le creuset set! Gaaaaaah I need to become bffs with Opraaaah.

Well hello there brussels...
Finger lickin geeeewd

Anyways. Food was ready. It was so delicious. It was so pretty. Plus I had my lovely friend Alex over to enjoy it with me. She’s usually kind of picky but even she liked the brussels. So for all yall that “don’t like brussels sprouts” make them like this and LOVE THEM.

What can I even say? This was delicious. I loved it. I still love it. I love food.
Alex liked it!
She made me take a photo too. I'm still sick/delirious. Don't make fun of me.

Roasted Rosemary Chicken

  • 6 Drumsticks
  • 3 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tblsp rosemary, dried or fresh
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed or finely diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Make sure chicken is fully defrosted. Mix olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Gently separate some of the skin from the chicken and put some of the mixture under the skin of each drumstick. Leave some extra to pour over the top of the drumsticks. Once all drumsticks are seasoned and the oven is heated put chicken in a roasting pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Check to make sure chicken is fully cooked. Juices should run clear when the drumstick is pierced. Serve hot.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • 10-12 brussels sprouts, cut into halves
  • 1 1/2 tblsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat the brussels in the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in roasting pan and roast for about 30 minutes. Turn pan at halfway point and stir brussels to ensure even browning.

Skillet Smashed Potatoes Recipe from 101 Cookbooks

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4 thoughts on “Roasting Up a Storm: Rosemary Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Smashed Potatoes

  1. Hey! I have been quietly reading your blog since you started it. One of your (and my) friends decided to advertise for you on facebook and I thought, well I like cooking, this should be fun! And it has been, youre amazing! Love the stuff youve come up with so far, although I have to admit I havent tried any myself 😦 I will soon though! What I really want to see though (if you take requests…) is some indian food!!! I heard from your/my friend that you were thinking of doing a duet for this?! you should! I vote for indian food! 😀

    1. Hi! I’m so glad you like my blog! Definitely try the recipes soon. They’re all super easy/fun/delicious! My friend and I are planning to make Indian food next week once our schedules calm down as per your request! We’re both super excited! Do you have any particular dishes you’d like us to make? I’m always up for requests so feel free to let me know anything else you’d like me to try! Thanks for reading/commenting!

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