For various reasons, I'm serving capon instead of turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I love Marcella's lemon roast chicken recipe because it's yummy and easy and was wondering if I could use it for capon. I'll do dressing, so stuffing it isn't an issue.
I've been reading roast capon recipes in various cookbooks and everyone seems to agree that it's pretty much like roasting a really big chicken (and, really, why should it be much different?), so it seems like Marcella's technique should work, but I do have a few questions.
1. For a 3-4 lb chicken, Marcella says breast down for 30 minutes at 350, then breast up at 350 for another 30-35 minutes and then finish at 400 for about 20 more minutes, cooking it a total of 20-25 minutes per lb. How do you think I should adapt that for, say a 10 lb capon? Maybe 1.5 hr/1.5hr/1 hr? Does the 20-25 min/lb ratio still hold? FWIW, Silver Palate Basics' poultry roasting chart says a 7-9 lb capon should take 20-22 min/lb at 350.
2. Marcella says if you're serving it hot, serve it right away rather than letting it rest. I'm assuming that's just to keep the skin crisp and puffed up. I really, really, really need the resting and carving in the kitchen time so that I can use that time to warm up assorted things in the oven. (Some day I will have 2 ovens and life will be glorious. . .) I can't think of anything tragic that will happen to the capon if it rests for 15 minutes and then gets carved in the kitchen, aside from losing the presentation value, can you?
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