I decided to face my fear. For two reasons. First being that I want to not be scared of any aspect of cooking (except I'm still afraid to bake, even though I do it, to many restrictions for me) anyways and secondly because of pure hunger!!! Steve has been working so late and if I waited for him to get home to hand off the plate of raw meat than we wouldn't be eating till our bedtime (which is like 8 p.m.). So after asking Steve for instructions on how to start the grill I've finally got that down to a science and am now OBSESSED with the grill. A lot of time I just grill chicken breasts seasoned heavily with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. It's make fav to get a few of these breasts all delicious and cooked up and save 'em to snack on all week. Monday I made up this fab marinade of soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, garlic, and Dijon mustard. I over cooked the steaks by like 30 seconds and they were sooooo delicious. That day I also grilled some potatoes in a foil packet that were off the chain. Also I grilled a trio of veggies, vidalia onions, Portabella mushroom caps and zucchini. I may have put slightly to much chiptole chili powder on the zucchini it was fiery.
Any who, today I went to my local supermarket and they had family packs of Chicken Drumsticks with 14 drumsticks in them for $5.49 with $3.00 of managers special coupons so it cost me $2.49 for the 14 drumsticks that's. So that's what's for dinner. I also thought I had some potatoes to grill but I didn't so I made a random red pepper and asparagus risotto (because I had asparagus that was going to go bad) and grilled broccoli (because I had broccoli which was going to go bad) which was a devirginating experience for us. I feel like drumsticks are hard to grill but I nailed the drumstick part. So here's the drumstick recipe or really instructions.
Grilled Perfect Drumsticks
- salt, pepper, garlic, paprika powder
- drumsticks (hehe captain obvious)
- and some sort of BBQ sauce. This is where we screwed up. I bought this new Sweet Baby Ray's Hawaiian BBQ sauce, TERRIBLE. Don't try it. it tastes like rotten old artificial fruit. I dipped it in some other flavored BBQ sauce to mask the flavor which helped. The chicken was perfect sauce was not, DON'T try it!!
- Preheat grill on medium high heat.
- Dry chicken on both sides with paper towels (skin will not get perfectly crispy if you don't)
- Season both sides of the drumstick heavily with spices.
- Grill on about 400 degrees for 35 minutes or so. Check internal temp. Chicken should normally be like 165, but make the drumsticks 180 ish or they will still be bloody. Flip them every 10 minutes
- Brush on BBQ sauce let sit on that side for a minute or two flip and BBQ the other side. Enjoy.
- two large heads of broccoli
- olive oil spray
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, Cayenne powder
- Make the heads into big chunks like three stalks a piece just roughly chop it.
- Place on a foil lined cookie sheet and spray both sides with olive oil spray.
- Season well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Very lightly season with Cayenne.
- Place on Med High grill. Grill each side about 7-10 minutes.
Random Red Pepper and Grilled Asparagus Risotto
You can basically just follow the recipe on the side of the box and throw in whatever you want.
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 1 bunch of asparagus (ends cut off sprayed with olive oil spray seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled on medium high heat for about 10 minutes till they get a char but are not like smooshy) then taken off the grill and chopped into like 1 inch long pieces
- 1 sweet white onion diced
- garlic powder (I would normally use fresh garlic but didn't plan for this and didn't have any surprisingly) Salt and pepper.
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- normally risotto calls for a 1/2 cup of white wine but I didn't have it so I skipped it
- 2 tbsp butter
- cup fresh Parmesan (I didn't have any fresh today so I used Kraft)
- 2 cans of chicken stock heated in the microwave
- 1 cup of arborio rice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- I know these are not good instructions but if it ain't broke dont fix it.....follow the recipe on the box/package. When you throw the rice in to toast before starting the white wine or stock throw in the red peppers.
- At the end before the cheese and butter throw in the asparagus.
- Eat it. hehe enjoy!