JoJo potatoes are seasoned potato wedges that a coated in a seasoning and breaded. JoJo potatoes are a grocery store deli classic here in the Midwest and the rest of the western US and Canada and is tend to be cooked along side of fried chicken. This recipe is done in a oven vs the traditional frying method or broster, but still come out soft and tender inside with a crisp flavorful coating on the outside. They make a great snack or side for lunch or dinner. Check out the recipe below in post.
Chimichurri sauce is an Argentina sauce that is great for marinating and as a condiment on top of grilled meat. The chimichurri sauce is a very vibrant green color and is very similar to a pesto that uses cilantro and parsley in place of basil. With these grilled shrimp you use the chimichurri sauce for a marinate then use it as a finishing sauce that packs the shrimp with great flavor inside and out. It is perfect as a meat portion of a meal or as an appetizer. Check out the recipe below in the post.
Tired of having the same old salads at every backyard barbecue or picnic? This grilled ratatouille vegetable salad is a great colorful and very healthy salad that is a great choice for a change. The grilled ratatouille vegetable salad is much lighter then the standard potato or pasta salads that are the norm, but still pack a great flavor from the vegetables and the light vinaigrette dressing and fresh herbs that the grilled vegetables are tossed in. The salad takes very little time and can be served either hot or cold. Check out the recipe below in post.
It is the season for backyard barbecues and get together, these barbecue asian drumsticks have a great sweet, sticky and peppery flavor that will have people coming back for more. The drumsticks are tossed with chinese five spice then covered with a great asian-inspired barbecue sauce that has oyster sauce, ginger, chili paste rice vinegar and sesame oil. these are a perfect addition to any party. Check out the recipe below in post.
Crab rangoons are basically crab and cream cheese wontons. They are popular appetizer in Chinese restaurants all across the country and are one of the easiest things to make. Crab rangoons are packed with fresh crab taste and super creamy cheese oozes out as you bite into them. You can substitute the rangoons with imitation crab to get more of the fast food chinese restaurant flavor, but in opinion the real crab is so much better. These are really fun to make with the whole family, just don’t let the little kids around the oil! The crab rangoons can be made a ahead and even frozen for dinners or snacks down the road. Check out the recipe below in post.
For a game day snack and appetizer, the classic chicken wing is still an all time winner for fun and creative flavors you can make with them. These spicy bourbon wings have the flavor of the bourbon, plus the slight heat of the hot sauce give you a bit of a kick at the end. The skin gets really crispy but the chicken on the inside is still nice and juicy. The main factor is you need to find a great flavor bourbon that has great flavor but don't feel bad about poring it down the sink at the end. I use medium blend Kentucky bourbon that is around 10 dollars a bottle and turns out good, but use whatever quality you enjoy since it is a factor in the flavor.
Tomato bruschetta is one of the most well known appetizer that is made with simple, wholesome ingredients. It is packed with bold flavors from the garlic and basil and balanced it out with the fresh tomatoes. Check out the recipe below.
As we are in the holiday season, deserts are a big part of the season. Poach pear tarts are quite simple to make and is a real wow factor with the colors of the red wine leaching into the light color of the pears and the whole how would be filled with a great smell from the cinnamon and orange. The Light and flaky tart with the rich and creamy mascarpone cheese topped with the soft, tender poached pears do make a great tasting tart that will please any group.
Fra Diavolo (Brothers Devil in Italian) is a sauce that is normally a tomato-based sauce with chili peppers for spice normally with seafood. Scampi Fra Diavolo has everything that makes a great meal, butter, garlic and a bit of a spicy (but not to much) that leaves your mouth looking for more. The tender shrimp covered in the crunchy panko breadcrumbs make it perfect over pasta, polenta over even as an appetizer on top of toasted bread.
Chicken wings are one of the most popular appetizers we have around. there is so many different ways to prepare them. These Honey-Soy Chicken Wings are a perfect balance of sweet and the little bit of heat from the chili sauce makes it so you cant just have one. The preparation is only a few minutes and the oven baking keeps them healthier by not frying but still packed with flavor.
In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients besides the chicken, mix until well combined.
Place the chicken into a gallon size re-sealable bag and pour the marinate into the bag. Seal the bag with as much air removed as possible and shake to cover the chicken.
Refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 475F, place the chicken on a foil lined sheet pan, pour remaining marinate on top of the chicken. Bake for 25minutes and fully cooked, turning the chicken 2-3 times throughout the cooking.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!