Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs

I've made these a lot lately--for meals to take to people that have had babies, or just need a hand...and they are quite scrumptious. A little more expensive than your normal casserole, but an unforgettable dinner!

ingredients:
*country-style pork ribs
*barbecue sauce (your favorite, but I LOVE "Sweet Baby Ray's Award Winning Barbecue Sauce")

direction:
1. In a slow-cooker/crock-pot (a larger crock-pot works best, but a regular one will too) put the ribs in and put some (not too much) BBQ sauce over them.  Add apx 1/2 cup water in with the ribs.

2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4.

3. About 45 minutes before you want to eat, take the ribs out of the crock pot and put them in a 9x13" rectangular baking pan. Now SLATHER LIBERALLY your ribs in the BBQ sauce.

4. Bake for 25-40 minutes at 375...until sauce is nice and carmelized on the ribs.

*Serve with ANYTHING! Stuffing, rice-a-roni, broccoli, green beans, rolls, corn-on-the-cob, salad, etc. This meal is so good...and you have a PERFECT main dish!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Chicken Legs with Carrots and Cauliflower

I found this recipe a few years back and it is SO TASTY. I'm visiting my mother and she requested that I make this for her. REALLY simple and VERY yummy. It's a Martha Stewart recipe and is quite delicious. Thanks Martha!!!

ingredients:
1 lb. carrots (peeled and cut into 1 1/2" chunks OR baby carrots)
1 lb. cauliflower, cut into medium-size florets
1 1/2 tsp. coriander
3/4 tsp. cumin
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
4 whole chicken legs, skin on
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

directions:
1. Preheat oven to 475. In a large roasting pan (or roasting stone) combine carrots, cauliflower 1 tsp. coriander, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper; arrange around sides of pan.

2. Place chicken legs along center of pan, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp. coriander and 1/4 tsp. cumin, season generously with salt and pepper.

3. Roast, stirring vegetables once, until chicken is well browned and crispy and and instant-read thermometer inserted in thigh (not touching bone) reads 180 degrees, 40-45 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter, and let rest for 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, add lemon juice to pan; with a wooden spoon, stir and scrape up drippings, mix in with vegetables. Serve!

Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4 adults, or 2 adults and several kids (lots of chicken on this)