WHO: Aliwaks is a longtime Food52er and an adventurous cook from Philly.
WHAT: The closest thing you can get to Thanksgiving outside of November.
HOW: Toss bread cubes with delicious things, roast a chicken atop it all.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This dish is dead simple, but it has a secret: by roasting the chicken on top of the bread, it's basically a stuffing that makes itself. And we love everything about it. Case closed.
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This is going to be the closest thing you can get to Thanksgiving outside of November. Ready?
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A day ahead of time, dry-brine your bird. It's magic, we promise.
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Don't forget the cavity!
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Then, tear up your bread, and leave it out to stale.
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On the day of, mix your bread with the rest of the good stuff. First up: garlic.
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Rosemary, thyme, lemon zest, olive oil.
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Toss it up!
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Place that in a large roasting pan, and turn your attention to the bird.
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We call this extra security.
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And this, too.
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Time to truss.
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Place your chicken atop its bed of bread, and roast in a hot oven.