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Herbed Capon With Brown Rice Stuffing And Roasted Potatoes

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Ingredients
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped
  Sweet red pepper 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Mushrooms 3 Medium, chopped for 1 cup
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Brown rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), uncooked
  Canned pineapple chunks in natural juices 8 Ounce, drained, coarsely chopped and juice reserved (1 can)
  Chicken broth 1 Cup (16 tbs) (as required, homemade or canned)
  Marjoram leaf 1⁄4 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Thyme leaf 1⁄4 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon, freshly ground
  Salt 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Boiled ham/Smoked ham 5 Ounce, chopped for 1 cup
  Golden raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Pistachio nuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Capon/Roasting chicken- 6- to 8- pound, thawed if frozen, with giblets reserved 8 Pound
  Marjoram leaf 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Thyme leaf 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Salt 1 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon, freshly ground
  Butter/Margarine 1 Tablespoon, melted
  Red skinned potatoes 3 1⁄2 Pound (about 24 small ones)
  Water 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Giblets 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), reserved from bird
  Pan drippings 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), defatted
  Fat/Pan drippings /butter /margarine 4 Tablespoon
  Shallots 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely chopped
  All purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon, freshly ground
  Watercress sprigs 3 (as required)
  Sweet red pepper 2 Tablespoon, cut into strips
  Sweet yellow pepper 2 Tablespoon, cut into strips
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2) Cut and discard the neck and reserve the giblets.
3) Rinse the bird well inside and out with cold water.
4) Dry the bird using paper towels.
5) Begin from the edge of the cavity.
6) Slowly loosen and lift the skin around the breasts and legs, taking care not to tear the skin.
7) In a small bowl, mix together of 1/2 teaspoon of, marjoram and the thyme.
8) Smear the meat with thyme mixture.
9) Gently put the skin back into place.

MAKING
10) Dredge 1/4 teaspoon of, salt and pepper, inside of the body and neck cavities with.
11) Stuff the ham mixture loosely into both cavities.
12) Using the string and skewer tie the legs to the tail and the neck skin to the back.
13) Put the bird on a rack in a roasting pan.
14) Lightly coat the bird with the melted butter or margarine using a brush and dredge with the remaining marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper.
15) Place in the oven and roast the bird, uncovered for 15 minutes.
16) Lower the heat 325°F and continue to roast for 2 1/2 hours.
17) Baste the bird ocassionally with the pan drippings.
18) Using a vegetable peeler, peel one long continuos strip around each entire potato.
19) Rinse the potatoes and dry using paper towel.
20) After 1 hour of roasting of chicken, place the potatoes in a single layer in the pan drippings, turning to coat.
21) Carry on roasting until the bird and the potatoes are done.

FINALIZING
22) In a saucepan, heat the water to boil.
23) Place the reserved giblets and bring to boil.
24) Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
25) Using the perforated ladle remove giblets and allow to cool.
26) Chop the giblet chop and reserve the giblets and the broth separately.
27) Remove the bird to a warm platter and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.
28) Take out the potatoes to a warm bowl and cover.
29) Pass the drippings from the roasting pan, through sieve into a 4-cup glass measure.
30) Using a shallow ladle skim off the fat and reserve 4 tablespoons (add more butter to make 4 tablespoon).
31) In a saucepan, heat the reserved fat and saute the shallots, marjoram and thyme for 1 to 2 minutes, or until tender.
32) Mix in the flour, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
33) Gently stir in the broth-pan drippings mixture.
34) Heat the flour mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils.
35) Reduce the heat and add in the giblets and simmer for 5 minutes.
36) Season the flour mixture with salt and pepper.

SERVING
37) Stream the flour mixture into gravy boat and keep warm.
38) Arrange the bird over a warm serving platter.
39) Garnish the platter with the potatoes, watercress sprigs and red and yellow pepper strips and serve with the gravy.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Roasted
Interest: 
Holiday, Party, Healthy
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Preparation Time: 
75 Minutes
Cook Time: 
180 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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