Honey and Sriracha Glazed Chicken Thighs

 Honey Sriracha Glazed ChickenWell, the floodgates have opened and am I excited! Do Again suggestions are coming in from all over the country, from followers and I couldn’t wait to share the Honey and Siracha Chicken from my Texas/Wisconsin  friend, Myra (Hey, girl!). She told me about a spicy chicken recipe that she and her husband love. It is ridiculously easy, spicy, and cheap. And, with Super Bowl Sunday coming up, I couldn’t resist trying it. I mean really, all it has for ingredients are chicken, honey, and Sriracha. Who can resist that? Not me!

 The chicken is just spicy enough with just a hint of sweetness. I was tempted to tinker with it by adding additional ingredients such as soy sauce, but found that Myra’s recipe was perfect. Although, a sprinkling of sliced scallions is always a nice addition in my book. In fact, my husband, after tasting it, immediately said it was worthy of doing again and has requested that I make it for the big game using wings instead.

 Serves 4

  • 4 bone-in, skin on, chicken thighs
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • 4 tbsp. Sriracha

Preheat oven to 400°

SrirachaMix the honey and Siracha in a large bowl, until blended. Place the chicken thighs in and marinate for one half hour.

Place the chicken thighs on a foil-lined, rimmed cookie sheet. Make sure you do this step, otherwise you will be scrubbing your pan for a very long time. Not fun. I found out the hard way. Place it into the middle of the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Baste the chicken with leftover sauce from the bowl, and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. To make sure the chicken is done, pierce it with a knife or skewer. If the juices run clear, then they are done.

That is it!

PS: Myra said her husband, Jake, likes to have some extra Sriracha on the side for dipping. Personally, I think he is dipping crazy; but to each his own. I like spicy food, but that is too much for me. Of course, he plays rugby, so he can handle just about anything.

 

 

 

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Herbed Goat Cheese Spread – A Great Gift!

How cute are these?

How cute are these?

Every year I like to make my co-workers food gifts for the holidays. This year I decided to get creative and make an herbed goat cheese spread that I encased in brined grape leaves and tied up with raffia. I felt sooooo crafty. My daughter and husband were very willing to taste test my concoction and came up with some great suggestions. One was to use it like a compound butter on steak. Since we will be having beef tenderloin for our family get-together I think we may just have to try her idea out that night!  I will make sure to let you know if people like it.

I sure hope my co-workers like it. I think it is tasty! And cute too!

Goat Cheese Spread Wrapped in Grape Leaves – Printer Friendly Version!

  • 1/2  lb. chevre, softenedDSCN0159
  • 11 tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp herbs de Provence
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt, I used grey salt

OPTIONAL:

  • brined grape leaves
  • rafia

DSCN0161In a food processor, blend the chevre, butter, parsley, herbs de Provence, garlic, pepper, and salt.

Place the mixture in a bowl or just leave it in the food processor bowl and put into the refrigerator to firm up.

Once somewhat firm, place a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Scoop the mixtureDSCN0163 out onto the plastic sheet and roll the whole mess up into a log. I use the plastic wrap to help me create the logs by wrapping it around the mixture and then pressing it into a log– the mixture is sticky and you don’t want to put your hands on it.  Cheese log

Make sure the log is completely encased in the plastic wrap and place the cheese back into the fridge to firm up. This took about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, drain the grape leaves and rinse the saltiness off of them. (Getting the grape leave out of the jar is the hardest part of this entire recipe.) Carefully separate them to use and if there are long stem ends make sure you trim them. Mine were fine.

Once firm, remove the cheese from the fridge, unwrap the plastic wrap, and cut the log into 1 inch slices. Wrap with the grape leaves making sure the ribs face inward and secure with raffia. DSCN0166 DSCN0167 DSCN0168Let the bundles cure in the fridge in a plastic bag (so they don’t dry out) for a few days to allow the flavors to meld. Now, this step it optional. If you would rather not to this, you can put the cheese into crocks or roll it into small balls and coat with minced parsley. I just thought the little packages were cool.

These make great gifts. You can place them in a small basket with an assortment of crackers or good French bread and your friends will be tickled pink.

Enjoy!