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Italian Hen Pot Roast (Pollo nello stovin) – Stefan’s Connoisseur Weblog

Once we visited Milano final yr, we had a pretty night with Bea of Viaggando con Bea and her husband Gigi. Bea introduced me a really considerate reward: a e-book (in Italian) with recipes from Brianza (“Brianza in cucina: storia, tradizioni e ricette della gastronomia briantea”). Monza e Brianza is a province in Lombardia, simply North of Milano. I’ve tried among the recipes from the e-book, and that is the primary one I’m sharing with you.

Pollo nello stovin actually means “Hen within the stovin“, the place the stovin is an earthenware container with a canopy that was put within the sizzling ashes of a wooden fireplace within the fire fireplace. For those who don’t have a hearth, an oven will do.

This dish may be very straightforward to arrange and remarkably scrumptious, as is commonly the case with easy however good substances ready in the fitting method. The e-book prescribes an entire hen, however I used hen thighs as a substitute. You will need to use hen thighs with pores and skin and bones, as this is a vital issue within the taste and texture of the dish. And naturally it is very important use good hen (free vary/natural).

The recipe requires cipollotti, springs onions with a bulb. For those who can’t discover these, you should use the white a part of common spring onions.


For 3 servings

3 hen thighs with pores and skin and bones

100 grams (2 handfuls) every of chopped carrot, celery, potato, and cipollotti (spring onions with a bulb)

butter to grease the dish

salt and freshly floor black pepper

3 contemporary sage leaves

3 small rosemary sprigs


Preheat the oven to 170C/340F.

Peel the potatoes and carrots. Take away the powerful fibre on the celery with a potato peeler.

Thickly slice the carrots, celery, and cipollotti. Cube the potatoes. Divide every vegetable in halves.

Choose an oven dish with a canopy (or a casserole or a Dutch oven) wherein the hen will match snugly in a single layer. Grease the dish with butter. Cowl the underside with half of the greens. Season with salt.

Season the hen thighs with salt and freshly floor black pepper on each side. Organize them in a single layer on prime of the greens. Organize the sage and rosemary across the hen.

Cowl with the remaining greens and season flippantly with salt.

Cowl the oven dish. You can additionally use aluminum foil or perhaps a easy dough of flour and water to cowl the dish.

Put the dish within the oven at 170C/340F till the hen is golden brown, about 2 hours.

Serve the hen with the greens on preheated plates, and spoon over among the liquid from the dish.

Wine pairing

We loved this with a Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir). This may additionally work with one other gentle crimson like a Beaujolais, Bardolino or Valpolicella. However a full bodied white wine would even be nice.


The flashback for immediately can be for a easy dish, however this one is from Liguria as a substitute of Brianza: chestnut tagliatelle with pesto.



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