Scandinavian Style Chicken Dinner
half chicken on the bone rubbed with cinnamon, juniper and cardamom, grilled over a live fire and served with sausage & currant dressing, smashed red bliss potatoes, buttered parsnips and carrots (Old Fashioned, Downtown Madison)
This dish brought me memories from Medieval Times, a famous franchise in bringing Medieval alive with its elaborately staged show, costume, accent and barbaric table manners. When dinner’s served you are obligated to eat with your bare hands. But luckily we don’t have to in Old Fashioned – the size of the half chicken though has uncanny resemblance.
I love the rub on the chicken because it reminds me so much of a Chinese cuisine, the herbal chicken soup so I’m really surprised that Scandinavians have similar palettes to ours – it’s very aromatic and the use of herbs aren’t like those of Italian cuisine. I guess I’ll keep in mind and experiment with cinnamon, juniper and cardamom in the future if I feel like roasting chicken or turkey. Did I mention that the chicken was succulent and tender? It’s like magic in your mouth.
The sides are absolutely fantastic so in a whole it’s a great dish. It is also very affordable, priced at $13.95! Two parties could easily share this huge plate of gastronomical wonder!