roasted chicken thighs, henny colada, and of course, pizookie
I turned on Dj Hightz mix of Erykah Badu's Cain't Use My Phone and went to work on this meal.
I'm so hard on myself usually, especially with my cooking. I'm my worst critic, but I had nothing bad to say about this meal. I don't know if it was because I was lifted and super hungry, but it was deadass delicious.
I have plans and ideas that I'm working on building to help anyone with more recipes - but until then, I'll just list out some instructions for those who are curious.
HOW I ROAST MY CHICKEN THIGHS:
1. I pre-heated my oven to 400 degrees. I rinsed my chicken thighs off - pat them dry - drizzled olive oil - and then seasoned them with chopped fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and a blackening spice mix.
2. I got a skillet, drizzled a little olive oil, and let it get very hot. This is what helps create a crispy crust. When placing your chicken thigh in the skillet, it should immediately sizzle and make noise. Place chicken thighs in, and let them sear on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. I did mine about 5 because I wanted them golden crispy.
3. After you develop a crust on both sides, place chicken thighs on a different plate, and turn your heat down but keep all juice/flavor in the skillet. Grab minced garlic, and let it sauté in the skillet. Make sure your heat is low and your skillet has had time to cool down. Let your garlic sauté for only a minute, add some butter and let it melt. Add 1/2 cup of white wine, and let it cook out for 5 to 6 minutes. Add 1/3 cup of chicken broth. Let it cook together for about 2 minutes, and add your chicken thighs in.
4. Place the whole skillet in your oven, and let them cook. This would be a good time to cooking sides and washing those damn dishes we just used. *rolls eyes*
5. Remove chicken thighs out of oven after 30 - 40 minutes, or until you feel they are thoroughly cooked. You don't want to overcook - so check throughout cooking. Let sit for at least 5 minutes. I garnished the chicken with fresh parsley and onion sprouts. I wanted to try a new garnish and onion sprouts aren't bad at all.
HOW I ROAST MY POTATOES:
1. I grabbed baby red potatoes, and washed them thoroughly wth warm and cold water.
2. I diced the potatoes into similar sized wedges. I sat them in a bowl of cold water after rinsing them once more. Let them sit in the cold water for at least twenty minutes. This helps them get crispier while roasting.
3. Drain the potatoes, and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Try to remove as much water as possible - this also helps with the crispiness.
4. Drizzle olive oil - enough for a light coating for each potato - season with salt, pepper, and whatever herb you choose - in this meal I used fresh rosemary. Mix everything in with your hands, making sure each potato is seasoned and well coated in oil.
5. Line a cookie sheet or flat baking sheet with foil, and spread potatoes evenly, with room around each so they will roast and not steam. I spread a few rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves around (unpeeled and uncut).
6. Let roast on one side for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, then flip to other side until done.
HOW I MADE MY HENNESSY COLADAS:
This are so, so, simple, and literally take TWO ingredients.
I didn't make these from scratch you guys. I simply bought a colada mix from Wal-Mart and mixed it with hennessy and ice in my blender.
I bought a pre-made watermelon daiquiri mix from Wal-Mart one time, and fell in love with how easy it was to make an amazing frozen drink. I knew the colada mix was going to be great too, so I grabbed that to pair with my Hennessy.
The colada furthest to the right with the darker color is the one that actually has Hennessy in it. My homegirl had to get a virgin one, and it was still amazing. She finished hers before mine.
In order to get a sugared rim, cut a lime in fours, and glide the lime around the rim of the glass. Dip the glass in a pile of salt or sugar.
HOW I MADE MY PIZOOKIE:
What is a pizookie you ask? I am absolutely obsessed with chocolate chip cookies. If not everyday, every other day I have a huge, freshly baked cookie. My sister and I have been at it since damn near birth.
I first discovered the term "pizookie" at Bj's in Arlington, TX. A pizookie is simply a cookie of any sort, topped with ice cream. A cookie sundae in reality but pizookie sounds more exclusive.
1. Use your favorite roll of cookie dough - I used Nestle chocolate chip. Form a cookie in any oven-safe dish. Make sure they're oven-safe!
2. Mold cookie in dish, and let cook in a 350 degree oven. I don't time this specifically because it all depends on the dish you use. Check the cookie by piercing it in the middle with a fork - if it comes out clean it's ready.
3. Top with whatever ice cream you'd like, and whatever toppings. With this dish I chose edible flowers for a nice pop of color.
I'm obsessed with pizookies and plan to create a post of all the different kind.
Let me know what you all think of the meal, and what's your favorite dish? I want to recreate it!
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