MIAMI BEACH - FEBRUARY 23: Emeril Lagasse poses on the red carpet before the Food Network Awards show on February 23, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
The First Meal Emeril Lagasse Recommends For Beginner Chefs
By Haldan Kirsch
When you're just starting in the wide world of cooking, it can be important to temper your expectations. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse tells Food & Wine that every beginner cook's list of dishes to master should include a roast chicken, but before you follow Lagasse's advice and buy a whole chicken, there are a lot of elements to consider.
Lagasse tells Food & Wine that his favorite preparation is to cook the vegetables and chicken together in a single roasting pan for about an hour. He blanches the vegetables to cook evenly, thoroughly coats the chicken with seasonings to ensure it’s loaded with flavor, and then adds aromatics like thyme and rosemary inside the chicken.
If you're just starting in the world of food, this dish can be a great introduction to trying out many different recipes as you build around what's in your kitchen and how much time you usually have to devote to this new passion. "Perfecting a roast chicken with vegetables is an art," says Lagasse.