Once again, through my blog-hopping addiction, I came across another great recipe. This time it's Baked Chicken and Potatoes with Cider and Parsley, from Linda of Thinking About Food.
You slice some potatoes and put them in a casserole dish, top with chicken pieces and bacon, pour over a mix of apple juice (or cider), water and butter, and bake it. When it's almost done, you pour off the liquid, which you reduce for a gravy. The chicken and potatoes go back in the oven at a higher temperature to finish cooking and get nicely browned. When it comes out of the oven, you top it with a gremolata.
Linda, thank you so much for this recipe! The flavors work so well together - the apple juice tenderizes the chicken and prevents it from getting dry. The potatoes get a little crusty on the bottom, with a beautiful chickeny-appley stickiness. And the gremolata - I love the little punches you get from the parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Top it all off with a moistening of the gravy, and you're in heaven.
This is definitely a keeper.