Green was once used only to describe those in envy but nowadays, when you say you are green, it is instantly associated with being environmentally conscious. I’ll admit that I don’t go to extraordinary lengths to minimize my food-related carbon footprint but if there’s a simple green solution presented to me, then I’ll gladly accept it.
This was the case when I was recently sent my very own Bessemer pan and lid.
Bessemer proudly promotes their Oven Effect cooking technique which essentially allows you to use your stove top like an oven. There are numerous advantages to this, including the fact that you will no longer have to heat up (or clean up) an entire oven if you’re only cooking something small. So not only will you save on your gas bill, you’ll also save time. The cast aluminium cookware and vitreous enamel exterior also prevents heat loss to the outside and thus helps cut down cooking time, assists in keeping the kitchen cooler and allows for more nutritious and economical cooking.
My favourite part of the Bessemer cookware range is the steam vent lids which gives complete control of the flow of steam from within the pan. I’ll go into further detail below with how this can be used when cooking a pot roast.

Bessemer lime green 3.0L casserole dish pot and lid

You may have noticed by now that I’m rather time poor so a pot roast is my type of win-win situation. All the ingredients are cooked in a one pot wonder, there’s barely any washing up and while it is roasting, you have an hour to do anything you want!
The flavours in this predominantly stem from the fresh herb bouquet of parsley, thyme and bay leaves and the butter which is used to brown the chicken. The aromatic steam gives the chicken a lovely tenderness and the addition of roasted vegetables which absorb the distinctive flavours from the fresh herbs, makes it a comforting hearty meal.

Chicken pot roast ingredients: potatoes, leeks, carrots, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, onion, carrots, parsnip, dry white wine, chicken stock, chicken marylands

Chicken Pot Roast
1.5kg whole or 4 maryland cuts of chicken
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices of prosciutto
2 onions, quartered
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2cm rounds
1 celery stalk, cut into 2cm pieces
1 turnip or parsnip or other root vegetable, peeled and cut into chunks
2 leeks, cut into chunks
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 herb bouquet (use string to tie together 4 sprigs of parsley, 2 – 3 sprigs of thyme and 1 – 2 bay leaves)
1 cup (250ml) dry white wine
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
Preheat your 3.0L Bessemer casserole dish. Melt butter on the pan and brown the chicken until crisp then wrap with prosciutto. Remove the chicken from the pan while you arrange the vegetables inside the pan then return the chicken.
Pour over wine and stock and season well with salt and pepper.
Cover the lid, closing the Bessemer steam vent to keep the moisture inside. After about 40 minutes, open the steam vent lid to reduce the liquid. Cook for another 20 – 30 minutes.
Serves 4 – 6.

If you want to take this one step further, cakes and biscuits can also be baked in Bessemer cookware on the stove top. Cinnamon scroll anyone?

Chicken pot roast

The Bessemer cookware featured in this story was supplied by the lovely team at Wilkinson PR and Bessemer.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • Cinnamon scroll yes please. But after this amazing pot roast! Looks so tender. Would def send mt to rehab on a winter Sunday evening.
    Any leftovers?

  • Jen

    Had it for both lunch and dinner so I’m afraid not! But it is so easy to cook up you should give it a go! Although it’s a bit strange that the weather has warmed up again – keep this for when the real Autumn hits 🙂

  • looks like a nice meal you’ve cooked for yourself. 🙂

  • Would this work with any sort of a dutch oven? And would it work with other types of meat as well?

  • Mmm yum this looks fantastic! I’ve always been tempted about the Bessemer….I don’t know if I really like that retro green though LOL!

  • I love anything in one pot . I think it tastes better as well as being easier!

  • Ooo Bessemer! Have always been interested to see if they really work as well as they are advertised.

  • I simply love roast chicken it is sooo tasty. Cooking it on the stove in a Bessemer is a pretty nifty idea.

  • Jen

    Thanks Simon! I don’t cook as often as I’d like to but this was so worthwhile!

  • Jen

    When using a standard Dutch oven, you will probably need to throw it in the oven to completely dry roast the top so the prosciutto is crispy. The herb bouquet would work well with pork as well… with beef, replace some of the vegetables with some earthy mushrooms, chicken stock with beef stock and white wine with red wine

  • Jen

    I specifically requested for the green! Haha, it comes in other colours as well – I think the traditional black and a flame orange

  • Jen

    Oh definitely – with all the flavours partying together in one pot…hehehe 🙂

  • Susanna C

    Im thinkin of buying a Bessemmer – can i please check whether the roast chicken above using Bessemer, has crispy skin?

  • Jen

    Hi Susanna, the chicken was cooked with a fair amount of juices so the chicken skin wasn’t crispy but the prosciutto was!

  • Susanna C

    Thks for info, Jen!