Thursday, April 19, 2012

Oven-Barbecued Chicken

2 1/2 to 3 lbs. meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)
1/2 c. chopped onion (1 medium)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
3/4 c. bottled chili sauce
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

Skin chicken. Arrange chicken pieces, bone side up. Bake in 375 oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender but not brown. Stir in chili sauce, honey, soy sauce, mustard, horseradish, and red pepper; heat through. Turn chicken bone side down. Brush half of the sauce over the chicken. Bake for 20-30 minutes more until chicken is no longer pink. Reheat remaining sauce; pass with the chicken.

Sweet Potato Swirls

4 medium sweet potatoes or yams (2 lbs.), peeled and quartered
1/4 c. butter
1-2 Tbsp. milk (optional)
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

In a large saucepan, cook potatoes, covered, in enough boiling water to cover for 25-to 30 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Add the 1/4 c. butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If desired, gradually beat in enough milk to make light and fluffy. Cool potatoes about 10 minutes. Stir eggs into cooled potato mixture until combined. Using a pastry bag with a large star tip, pipe potatoes into 8 mounds on a greased baking pan. Drizzle mounds with the two tablespoons melted butter. Bake in 30 oven for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden.

**To make ahead, put prepared mounds in refrigerator; cover and chill for up to hours until ready to bake.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grandma's Blueberry Pancakes

1 c. milk
1 large egg
1/4 c. sour cream
1 c. flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 c. fresh blueberries

IN a large bowl, stir milk, egg, and sour cream together. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add flour mixture to milk mixture. Stir batter until large lumps disappear. Stir in melted butter. Add blueberries, gently folding them into the batter.