Roast Capon



  • One  8- to 10-pound fresh capon
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • lemons, quartered
  • 12  sprigs rosemary
  • 4 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted

This elegantly simple recipe of roast capon may be one of the refined dishes Hortensie Laborie serves the president of the Republic of France at Elysée Palace in the film Haute Cuisine.


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Place the capon, breast side up, in a large roasting pan and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the cavity generously with salt and pepper, to taste, and tie the legs together and wings to the body using kitchen twine. Brush the capon with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Squeeze the lemon quarters all over the capon and place them and the rosemary sprigs around the base of the bird.

Place the capon in the oven legs first and roast for 1 ½ hours, or until the juices run clear when cut between the thigh and the leg. Remove the capon from the oven and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the capon to rest for 20 minutes before carving and serve with the pan juices that have been skimmed of fat. 


Calories per serving:

1,259 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 747g 1,149%
  • Carbs 23g 8%
  • Saturated 233g 1,165%
  • Fiber 12g 47%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 311g
  • Polyunsaturated 150g
  • Protein 770g 1,540%
  • Cholesterol 3,184mg 1,061%
  • Sodium 1,861mg 78%
  • Calcium 684mg 68%
  • Magnesium 923mg 231%
  • Potassium 9,437mg 270%
  • Iron 49mg 273%
  • Zinc 48mg 323%
  • Phosphorus 7,543mg 1,078%
  • Vitamin A 1,988µg 221%
  • Vitamin C 144mg 240%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 179%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 5mg 313%
  • Niacin (B3) 298mg 1,488%
  • Vitamin B6 15mg 750%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 325µg 81%
  • Vitamin B12 14µg 233%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 15mg 73%
  • Vitamin K 102µg 128%
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