Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Crockpot Caribbean Chicken

So this is a Caribbean chicken recipe that is pretty good. I've eaten at a couple of island-style restaurants recently and wanted to try my own. This recipe is good but isn't the same as what I've ordered out.  But lots of veggies, chicken, good really can't go wrong here.  

The recipe:

Get to choppin.  Potatoes, peppers, onions, garlic.  Don't stop chopping. Eva.  

Place all the veggies and the seasonings into a bowl. That's your medley. There are many like it but this is yours. Respect it. Love it. Cherish it.  

Lay your chicken pieces out and season them with a little salt. I used white and dark meat...much more dark. I've been on a dark meat tear recently. You can trim off some of that skin and fat if you want. But if you read my Why We Get Fat series you may not be too bothered by it.  Plus...extra flavor!

Get those guys into the frying pan on high heat for a few minutes on each side until they start to brown.  Use 1-2 tablespoons of veg oil.  

Remove the chicken and add the chopped pepper, onion and garlic medley.

Cook that for a few minutes until it starts to soften.  

Then add the chicken broth.  

Put the potatoes and cherry tomatoes in the crockpot and then add the chicken and the vegetable/seasoning medley.  

Cover and cook for 6-8 hours.  Chicken will fall off the bone.  Into your mouth.  And then fall some more.  Into your stomach.  And then fall some more. 

The recipe calls to add coconut milk at the end and let it cook for another half hour.  I really didn't think that was going to improve the recipe, so I didn't do it.  If you decide to use it...I would do so sparingly and try to taste test as you add to make sure that it doesn't overpower the other flavors.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stupid Good Chicken Rice Bake

This is my favorite chicken rice bake that I have ever let penetrate my face mouth.  It is easy and cheap to make and you can modify to suit your taste.  

If you've been keeping up with my series on "Why We Get Fat"... this recipe, like most others  on my blog doesn't adhere to the low carb philosophy of those posts.  What can I say?  My whole life is pretty much a double standard and I'll only apologize when I'm dead.

On to the recipe.

All you need is a can each of cream of chicken, mushroom and celery soup, 2 cups of Jasmine rice, and whatever chicken pieces you like.  I normally do legs and thighs.  

Cook the rice in half of the water suggested on the package.  Mix all of the soups together in a casserole pan and pour the rice in after it has absorbed all of the water.

Season the chicken with some lemon pepper or whatever seasonings you are fond of.  

Place the chicken on top of the rice and put the pan in the oven at 375 for about 40 minutes. The juices from the chicken will run clear when it's done.  I flip the chicken and stir the rice once during cooking, about halfway through.  If you want to use boneless pieces of chicken they can go in after the first will only take them about twenty minutes to cook. 

And that's it.  Stupid simple and delicious.  It's the cream of celery that gives this dish the flavor I love. You can add other seasonings like rosemary and oregano and/or vegetables like broccoli to the soup-rice mixture before placing the chicken on top...feel free to modify!

Friday, July 6, 2012

4th of July Gluttony: Reubens, Shrimps, Pastas, Burgers, Tater Skins, Fried Chicken and Bacon and Eggs. Oh my!

Every Fourth of July I head back home for a community chicken fry, and plenty of good food in between.  We started off with some Reubens using Peppridge Farm Pumpernickel and Jewish Rye bread, deli sliced corned beef and swiss cheese, and saurkraut.  

Butter your bread like Paula Dean is grading your ass.  

Stick it on a griddle to toast the bread and melt the cheese.  

Topper offer with the kraut.  Jews and Krauts coming together in bread and cabbage form.  Just beautiful.

Crack open a jar of homemade pickles if you got em.  Klausen if you don't.  Done in ten and delicious! Suck it Subway.

I brought about 4 pounds of shrimp home with me.  We wanted to have a little shrimp fest so we chose a few varieties; classic cocktail, scampi, and grilled.  A light summer pasta with some fresh veggies from the garden was the side.

Cocktail shrimp is super easy and the fresh cocktail sauce is what it's all about.  Boil the shrimp in water until they are pink.  You can add some seasoning to the water...Old Bay or Seafood Magic etc.  Take them out and put them on ice.

For the sauce you just need a couple of cups of ketchup.  

Mix in a couple of tablespoon of's potent stuff so start with a little and add to taste.  

Squeeze half a lemon, and a few drops of tabasco and mix that crap together.  Chill it with the shrimp in the fridge.  Not much of a mess and it's super tasty.  

For the grilled shrimp, leave the peels on and butterfly cut those sea roaches real good like. Then mix em in a bowl with olive oil and minced garlic. 

Once they're on the grill, you can sprinkle with seasoning... Seafood Magic is great for this too.  

You really want the chunks of minced garlic to stay on these shrimp and roast with them.  These grilled shrimp were the belle of the ball.  

Grill until pink.  And done son.

The last batch of shrimps are headed to Scampi town.  Population...two pounds.  

Chop up some green onion and garlic.

Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.  The oil will keep the butter from browning and burning.  Add the garlic.  

In go the shrimps.  After a couple of minutes, pour in a half cup of white wine and the green onion. Turn once and take up when they are pink.  

It's hard to beat a light summer pasta with fresh veggies and basil.  It's a favorite of all those who stuff their faces with it...and it goes with a shrimp feast like peanut butter goes with jelly.

You'll want a thin pasta...capellini is a good choice. 

Get a large pot of water boiling and drop several medium to large tomatoes in for a couple of minutes. Remove them to an ice bath. 

 This will make them easy to peel.  Remove the skins, chop them and dump them in a bowl with a hefty sprinkling of garlic salt. 

Chop some of your favorite summer vegetables like zucchini, squash, bell pepper etc.

Drizzle with olive oil and put them shits on the grill.  You can season with salt and pepper or a steak/chicken seasoning.

You can buy fresh basil at the local grocery during the summer. Or just grow your own.  It isn't hard.  You just need a small pot, soil, sunshine, water and love.

  Either way chop some of that up and add it to the tomatoes.

Boil your capellini in water with some salt and olive oil.  Then transfer to a large sautee pan.  

Add a little more olive oil to the pasta, pour in the tomatoes and basil, and add some parmesan cheese. Freshly grated off a hunk of cheese is immensely better than buying the packaged stuff that is already grated.

Topper offer with any of the veggies from the grill or serve them on the side.  You got yourself a shrimp and pasta feast that all ocean roaches would respect you for.  

Good friends and fam make it all the better.

The right kind of double fisting.

The aftermath.

But what would be a celebration of America without a good ol fashioned hamburger.

We were making potato salad as a side for the community Chicken Fry later that day....a good idea for the leftover skins goes something like this:

Bake the potatoes until they are mostly cooked through.  You don't want a soft center like a normal baked want them fairly solid so that they can be diced for your potato salad.  

Slice them in half then gut them. 

Fry a good amount of bacon...maybe a pound...take some of it up before it is done and let some get crispy like bacon bits for tater skin toppers.  Take the leftover potato shells and fry them in the bacon grease. 

Fry each side for about 4-5 minutes or until crispy.  Top with a little salt, cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives.  

Get your burgers on the grill.  Seasoned salt and pepper should do the trick.

Chop some jalapeno peppers long-wise and take out the seeds.  Stuff with a little cream cheese, then close them up and wrap with the undercooked bacon. 

 Skewer em and put em on the grill with the burgers.

Take it all up and gorge yourself.  As if your intestines weren't punished enough...wait four hours and then go to a community wide Chicken Fry!

I've already posted recipes for fried chicken on this blog so no more recipes! Just pictures of sweet sweet chickens.

Did you know that burying your face in a bowl of raw chicken for twenty seconds a day can strengthen your immune system?

This chicken is all dressed thinks it's fancy!

Master chicken friers.  

In a chicken coma.  

All the sides.

All the folks.  

All the tea.  

Plates of perfection.

And then you get up the next morning and wash the whole gluttonous trip down with this:

Fried eggs, sausage, bacon and sweet potato hash.  God Bless America!