Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy
Juice of 2 lemons
2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
Grinding of coarse black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
4 pound roasting chicken, split in half
3 or four clean bricks, each wrapped in aluminum foil
Prepare the grill.
In a large shallow bowl, combine the lemon juice, red pepper flakes, pepper, and salt. Coat each side of the chicken halves with the mixture, then place them directly on the grill and position the bricks on top of each half.
Grill carefully, watching and regulating the heat as necessary to avoid flare-ups. Remove the bricks using oven mitts. Use tongs to turn the chicken once to cook on the other side. Reposition the bricks on top of the chicken. When a fork easily pierces the chicken and the juices run clear, remove the bricks, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and cut it into pieces. Serve hot.
This recipe is from CIAO ITALIA IN TUSCANY by Mary Ann Esposito, published by St. Martin's Press in 2003.
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