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Oct 13, 2009 06:35 PM

Chicken Brick

Anyone seen a U.S. store selling a Chicken Brick - a big 2-piece terracotta container that fits a chicken nicely inside. I am sure any terracotta vessel would work, but I like the look of the actual brick.

They seem available in the U.K., but that's too much of a hassle with shipping..


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  1. I think you're talking about what is a called a Romertopf. It's a two piece terracotta roaster for "baking" chicken, right? These were popular in the 80's, maybe even the 70's, in the US. I have to say I haven't seen one in years but, the internet being the wonderful resource tool that it is, you very well may be able to find the manufacturer.
    Here's a link: The company refers to them as "clay bakers."
    Amazon seems to sell them, as well.
    I've never owned one, but the science behind roasting a chicken in a covered vessel like this with a small amount of moisture available from soaking the terracotta first is solid.
    I imagine you could successfully roast veggies in it, as well, to give the roaster multi-tasker status.
    Happy Romertopf-ing!

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      Yeah, I've seen them called officially "Romertopf Clay Bakers," here's another resource if people are still curious I've loved mine. I even have a few accessories like for garlic and apples.

    2. Hi, Grant:

      You had me confused there for a bit, but I found these on line, but haven't seen one in USA.

      My confusion came from the now-traditional Bricked Chicken (or "Chicken al Mattone"), where an actual brick or other heavy object--I use old cast iron sad irons--is used to weight down the fried or grilled bird. But I did find this: The photo here and in Google Images appears to show a highly-idiosyncratic, specialty romertopf-type vessel, sized specifically for a chicken--and looks like Alien itself will spring from the pod. They were apparently the brainchild of Terence Conran, a noted Brit designer, and popularized by the UK store Habitat. They were made by Weston Mills Pottery, so you might ask them if they have a US importer/distributor.

      Makes total sense. If you find one here, please post.


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