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I’m travelling this week and I anticipate some great garden fresh food. Mmm, corn, tomatoes and green peppers. I’m transporting one of Colorado’s favorite farm items across state lines (no, not that!), Palisade peaches. I should be very popular.
I thought I’d do something fun for a get-together this weekend, grilling with this sweet and spicy glaze. It can be used on chicken or pork.
- Juice from two oranges
- zest from two oranges
- 6 green onions, chopped (including greens)
- 1 to 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced (about 1 tbsp)
- 1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3/4 tsp cornstarch
- pinch of salt
Whisk together honey and cornstarch, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and add to saucepan. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Whisk in honey mixture, reduce heat and allow to simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Divide glaze in half, save half for serving.
For Grilled Chicken:
- 4 bone-in, skin on chicken breasts (can substitute 2 bone-in, skin on thighs for each breast if desired)
- salt and pepper
Heat grill. Using a paper towel, oil grates and place over hot coals. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken. Place chicken on grill and grill over high heat for about 6 minutes each side. Move off of direct heat and allow to cook for additional 15 to 20 minutes (until approx 150 degrees). Brush bone side of chicken with glaze and move over hot coals, bone side down. Brush glaze over skin side. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, turning and brushing with glaze on all sides until the chicken is 160 degrees. Remove to platter, tent with foil and let rest for five minutes. Serve with reserved glaze.
NOTE: Remaining chilies can be frozen in ice cube trays (one chili and sauce per cube), remove and add to a zip lock bag to be used later. Search Chipotle in the search box below and you’ll find several recipes using them.
I think I mentioned a while back that Mrs J wanted me to pick all the jalapenos on the bushes growing in containers out in the patio garden. I picked a couple of dozen that were still hanging in there this late in the season. I have plenty of them pickled so it was either freeze or dry them and I decided to try my hand at smoking them as they dried in my smoker rig. Worked like a charm! Dried and smoked jalapenos are also known as chipotles and I’m sure you’ve heard of chipotles in adobo sauce. I thought it would be fun to make that myself. I wasn’t too sure about the adobo sauce but teh Google found a nice description complete with recipes. There was a quick recipe for the chipotles and one a little more involved for an adobo sauce:
“…begin with eight dried guajillo chiles and eight dried ancho chiles with the tops and seeds removed. Fry them in hot oil for about ten seconds per side, then boil them in 12 cups of water and a half cup of white vinegar. Leave them to soak in the pot overnight.
The next day, remove the chiles and discard the soaking solution. Puree the chiles in a blender with a bit of chicken or beef broth, depending on the meat you are using. Next, sauté one onion and six cloves of garlic, diced, in a large saucepan. Add the chile paste, two cups of broth, one teaspoon each of black pepper and cumin, one half teaspoon cinnamon, one quarter teaspoon salt, one tablespoon oregano, a quarter cup each of vinegar and lemon juice, three quarters of a cup orange juice, and two tablespoons tomato paste. Cook the entire mixture for about half an hour, or until it is as thick as you would like it.”
I snipped the stems from my chipotles and cooked them with the adobo sauce. I didn’t have any orange juice so I used apple cider, and subbed lime juice for the lemon juice. It really did end up just about the same as the canned item you can find in most any store these days. I’m looking forward to using these in my next Tex-Mex dish.
This is on a basic wheat flour crust. I suppose if you were to go all in on one of these you could make a crust with masa but I chickened out. I spread refried beans over the crust as a sauce analog.A good measure of roast pork was laid down over the beans along with tomato slices and fresh jalapenos (on my half only).My first thought for cheese was sharp cheddar but I opted for queso quesadilla. It’s a good melting cheese. Quesadillas are named for the cheese, not the other way around.I gave the pie an overall sprinkle of my favorite Tex-Mex seasoning and baked it for about 20 minutes at 350. I added a little hot sauce to mine just to kick it up.
I was going to post the recipes I’d picked out for guests next week, but then realized it was Memorial Day weekend and decided to switch it up for that occasion. There won’t be a recipe exchange next week, we’ll catch up after that.
Starting things out, Stuffed Jalapeno-Cheddar Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries, complete menu, recipes and shopping list can be found here.
Grilled Potato Packets come in two flavors here.
Click here for Citrus Glazed Baby Back Ribs.
Searching for rib photos this week, I came across several yummy recipes from JeffreyW (along with obligatory mouth-watering photo series).
Spare ribs (pictured above) are here.
Braised Baby Back Ribs are here.
Click here for Country Ribs
Each one has a different rub or sauce, something for everyone.
What’s on the menu for your holiday weekend? As with every year, my father and brother will be helping to put up the impressive display of flags around town (they are flags presented at a veteran’s funeral and donated by the families for display). What summer flavor are you looking forward to most? What are some of your favorite holiday weekend recipes?
Finally, tonight’s featured recipe:
I have a bottle of very fine and expensive whisky in my house. I’ve been having fun experimenting with it in many recipes, finding it really brings out the flavors in beef and adds a complex appeal to chicken and desserts.
With this recipe, it’s all about the bourbon and bacon.
Grilled Bourbon Chicken Appetizers
- 1- 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Bourbon whisky (how much you use and what you do with the leftover is between you and your bottle)
- 8 oz pineapple chunks
- 12 strips of sliced bacon (should be a pound)
- 12 short wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes before assembling and grilling*
Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch x 2-inch cubes, you should have 36 pieces (you can soak in bourbon if you like)
Mix together Chipotle peppers, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and add enough whisky and pineapple juice to make a thick sauce. Set aside about 2-4 tbsp for mopping during cooking. For the remainder, cover chicken cubes on all sides with the sauce and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
To assemble: Start with a pineapple chunk, add one end of full bacon strip, add chicken cube, then wrap bacon around the top of the cube and skewer, add another cube of chicken, wrap bacon around the bottom of that piece of chicken, then skewer, add a third and repeat with the bacon strip, you’re creating a ribbon with the bacon. Finish with a pineapple chunk.
Grill over medium high heat (if using coals, start over hot coals, then move away from direct heat for the remainder of cooking time), turning frequently. Add more sauce as desired. Cook until chicken is 160-165 degrees. Shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes, don’t overcook or you’ll have dry, rubbery appetizers. Serve hot.
*please don’t forget this step or all you’ll have for appetizers is flaming skewers.
That’s it for this week. I hope you have a safe and fun holiday weekend. But take a moment and remember those who have served – TaMara