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Roasting

Roasting uses dry heat such as an oven or dry flame to cook a foodstuff, enriching its flavor through caramelization. Here’s a hearty arsenal of roasting recipes -- whether it's roasting chicken, pork, ribs, vegetables, or more -- that are sure to elicit tender results and delicious, comforting meals.

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Because a spaghetti squash is difficult to cut through when uncooked, we found that roasting it whole is the easiest way to prepare it for this spaghetti squash recipe. Follow this recipe, then use the strands of spaghetti squash to make one of our other recipes, like Spiced Squash Pancakes, Roasted Squash with Parmesan and Herbs, Spaghetti Squash Gratin, or Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash.

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This roasted chicken recipe showcases juicy, flavorful chicken thighs with a lemony sauce that bakes itself in the pan. Roasted chicken thighs are the ideal weeknight dinner for busy families.Adapted from "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan; 2009).

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The almost universal appeal of roasted chicken stems from its power to comfort. The ideal roasted chicken recipe will leave your chicken golden brown and gleaming, tender and juicy. The crackle of chicken as it roasts and the wondrous aroma that perfumes the kitchen provoke a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Spatchcocking -- splitting, then flattening a chicken -- yields a perfect roasted chicken in less time than a whole one takes. It also exposes more skin, which crisps up nicely at higher temperatures. Click here to learn how. Feel free to use a roasting pan or a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet.