Roast Capon with Tarragon
|Capon/Roasting chicken||6 Pound (ready to cook)|
|Ground pepper||To Taste|
|Butter/Margarine||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Lemon juice||1 Tablespoon|
|Chopped chives||1 Tablespoon|
|Chopped parsley||1 Tablespoon|
|Garlic||1 Clove (5 gm), crushed|
|Chopped fresh tarragon/1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Onion||1 , sliced|
|Carrots||2 , pared and sliced|
|Celery stalks||1 , sliced|
|Condensed chicken broth||10 3⁄4 Ounce, undiluted (1 can)|
|Cold water||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|All purpose flour||3 Tablespoon|
|For fruit garnish|
|Kiwi||3 , peeled and cut in half, zigzag fashion|
|Green grapes||1⁄2 Pound|
|Strawberries||1⁄2 Pint, washed|
1 Preheat the oven to 400F.
2 Wash the capon thoroughly, under cold water.
3 Pat dry, inside and out, with paper towels.
4 In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
5 Sprinkle the mixture inside the Capon.
6 Rinse the giblets well and set aside.
7 In a small bowl, add butter with lemon juice, chives, parsley, garlic, tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, beat with portable electric mixer or wooden spoon, until well blended.
8 Using your fingers, carefully loosen skin from breast meat.
9 Spread the breast meat with 2 tablespoons butter mixture, under skin, on each side.
10 Tie the legs together, folding wing tips under back.
11 Spread 1 tablespoon butter mixture over capon.
12 Insert meat thermometer inside thigh at thickest part.
13 Ina shallow roasting pan, place onion, carrot, celery and giblets (except liver).
14 Place the capon on vegetables.
15 Place in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour.
16 Lower the oven temperature to 325F, roasting for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, basting occasionally with the remaining butter mixture, until meat thermometer registers 185F.
17 Transfer the capon to a heated platter.
18 Remove the string and allow to stand for 20 minutes.
19 Meanwhile, prepare the Gravy: In the roasting pan, pour the undiluted chicken broth.
20 Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the brown bits.
21 Strain into a 4-cup measure.
22 Skim off the fat from the surface and discard.
23 In a small saucepan, combine water and flour, stirring to dissolve the flour.
24 Stir in the chicken broth.
25 Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened.
26 Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
27 If needed, correct the seasoning.
28 Serve the capon garnished with Fruit Garnish and pass the gravy.