Roasted Shishito Peppers

I’ve always been a fan of roasted peppers. There’s something about eating peppers raw (which I love by the way, especially Thai bird chilies), and eating them roasted. One of my favorite roasted peppers, and I am always a fan when eating Latino food and they plop one on my plate, is chiles toreados.  Chiles toreados is a roasted whole jalapeno pepper that is lightly oiled and salted, and when bitten into just screams deliciousness. The great thing about these roasted chiles is they may be a bit mild, medium, or pack a heck of a punch. Roasted shishito peppers is basically the same, however these are more on the milder side, allowing you to eat them as a snack.

Roasted Shishito Peppers
Roasted Shishito Peppers

Upon wandering around my grocery store this week, I noticed they had shishito peppers in bulk. Was I stoked? Heck yes. No one really carries shishito peppers around here, so I decided to grab a handful and check out the quality before purchasing them in bulk.

I took them home and roasted them. Were they good? No, they were excellent.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of shishito peppers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp koshers salt, to taste

Start by heating a large cast iron skillet on medium-high heat, and let it stay on the burner for a few minutes, or until it starts to lightly smoke.

During this time, add the shishito peppers to a bowl, add in the oil and salt, and give it a good toss.

Add these to the hot skillet, and stir around. They will blister really quickly, and get a nice char in only a matter of a few minutes.

Roasted Shishito Peppers
Roasted Shishito Peppers

Once these are lightly charred, remove and serve immediately.

Gosh these things are great. Perfect to serve as an appetizer, along with some cold beer, these are seriously a real delight. Pick them up by the stem, and pluck the sucker in your mouth. Chomp and remove the stem. The fun part is that you may get a spicier one, but with that said, these are not too spicy, so don’t be afraid.

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Open-Faced Sardine and Onion Sandwich

I don’t know what it is, but when I am home alone and my wife and kids are out running errands, I decide to make something a bit naughty. I mean naughty in the sense where I don’t need a comment from any of the family members such as ‘gross’ or ‘what the heck is that?’. This was one of those times. A can of sardines and I have been having a stare down for some time now. You know that can I’m talking about. That can you quickly go past when shopping at the store. Not me. Those cans are something I take a look at carefully, and actually loved those darn little smoked oysters years ago, especially when served on a cracker. Sardines are no exception to that.

You can buy an array of sardines in a can, whether they are boneless and skinless and packed in oil, or mustard, or tomato sauce. For me, I like mine packed in olive oil, and I could not care less whether they are boneless or skinless.

So as I sat alone, and hungry on a Saturday morning, I decided to win that stare down and come up with a pretty darn good open-faced sardine and onion sandwich. If you are scared of sardines, don’t be.

Open-Faced Sardine and Onion Sandwich
Open-Faced Sardine and Onion Sandwich

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole sardines, boneless and skinless
  • 1 slice of Texas toast, toasted, or standard sandwich slice
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 lemon, lightly squeezed

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Upon the preheat, add the sardines to a oven safe plate, and place in the oven during the preheat to warm through.

Place your bread in the toaster.

How to make a sardine and onion sandwich
How to make a sardine and onion sandwich

When the bread has toasted, remove it from the toaster and slather on the Dijon mustard, from edge to edge.

Place on half of the sliced onions on the mustard. Remove the sardines from the oven and arrange them on the toast.

Place the remaining onion onto the sardines, and squeeze a bit of lemon over the top.

Open-faced Sardine and Onion Sandwich
Open-faced Sardine and Onion Sandwich

Was this sandwich good? Are you kidding me? It was so satisfying. The sardines themselves lend the flavor and texture of what you might expect from tuna, but possibly better in this case. The slight bite of onion along with the tangy lemon and mustard made every bite memorable, especially with the crunch of the toast.

Did I mention how good sardines, in moderation, are good for you?

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Thai Curry Chicken Wings

I will be up front with you… I’m a sucker for chicken wings. They are probably one of my favorite finger foods, and as I do not make them on a regular basis, we do tend to go out for them at one of our local restaurants. I do this only to sample the variety of sauces and dry rubs that chicken wing places have to offer. As I have my ‘go to’ sauces, there is one that I really enjoy, and that is the red Thai curry sauce. It is always creamy, a bit salty, and has just the right amount of heat. With that said, I decided to make that sauce and bake up some wings for my son and I. Did I mention that my oldest is a chicken wing nut as well? He is, and as much as he does not venture out to try anything sauced, I figured that I would make him a batch of Slap Ya Mama dry rubbed wings, along with some of these awesome Thai curry chicken wings.

Thai Curry Chicken Wings Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken wings, drumette and wing separated
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lemongrass, minced
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf, minced

You have options here when cooking the wings. Fry or bake. I bake them, on lower heat, for about a good hour or so or until they are nice and crisp. You can cook them to your desired preference.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

To a large baking sheet, add the wings, and back until both sides are nice and golden crisp.

Before you remove the wings from the oven, make the sauce.

To a small sauce pan, on medium heat, add in the red Thai curry paste. Stir the paste for a few minutes, then pour in the milk. Stir, and mix the paste until you have a nice sauce and the coconut milk reduces, about 5 minutes.

Thai Curry Chicken Wings Ingredients

 

Remove the wings from the oven, and place into a mixing bowl. Pour over the sauce, add in the kaffir leaf and lemongrass, and mix the wings so that everything gets nice and coated.

Plate and dig in.

The result is a really good chicken wing. Creamy, a bit spicy, and if you have never had red Thai curry paste, you must try it. We love this stuff and make chicken curry with this paste all of the time. The lemongrass and kaffir give it a nice boost as well. One of my favorites, but who am I kidding? I love pretty much any type of chicken wing. Hope you enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Fries

I am a fan of leftovers, and only a fan because leftovers present a challenge. That challenge is finding a way to tweak whatever it was into something new. This is where this recipe came into play. I know… Leftover chicken is probably not that big of a challenge. Don’t judge me. But as I had some awesome leftover garlic style chicken leftover from making pita wraps the other night (huge hit), I have been craving buffalo style chicken wings, and nachos. Again, no need to judge me. As I normally do, I scavenge through the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer looking for items I can use to make something. The first thing I noticed was not just the chicken, but the leftover blue cheese from making that blue cheese compound butter, and then my eyes immediatlely took to the hot wing sauce (a match made in heaven if I do say so myself). As I immediately thought nachos, I was bummed to say the least as not only did we not have any tortillas, or tortilla chips. The freezer, however, did yield some frozen curly fries. I thought what the heck… Let’s win this battle and come up with some buffalo chicken fries!

Buffalo Chicken Fries Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen curly fries
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives, or thinly sliced garlic scape
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed

Preheat your oven according to the directions on your bag of delicious curly fries. Cook, just until about done.

A few minutes before your desired crispiness, remove the fries from the oven.

How to make buffalo chicken fries

 

Shower the fries with the shredded cheddar cheese. This acts as the glue to to hold the fries together.

Next, arrange the cooked chicken cubes, then shower with the blue cheese.

Place back into the oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.

Once melted, remove the fries from the oven and drizzle with the buffalo sauce. Then shower with the chives or garlic scapes, and dig in.

Buffalo Chicken Fries Recipe

If you love buffalo style chicken wings, you are going to love these buffalo chicken fries. The combination of blue cheese, chicken, and buffalo sauce are just a great combination. A slight heat from the sauce, and just a great balance of saltiness from the sauce just makes this an addicting appetizer, or heck even a meal in itself. Hope you enjoy!

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