I love roasting vegetables because well, they’re so roast-able.
There seems to be so much more depth or intensity in the flavor of a roasted vegetable.
Go ahead. Eat a bowl straight from the oven, the vegetarians will never know. Next time you can add bacon ;)
Escapism. I’m running out of period classics to read and BBC period classics to watch over the internet. There’s only so many times you can read or watch them within a year’s time. However, though I have read Dickens’ Little Dorrit many times, this week is the first time I’ve watched the BBC miniseries. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I liked the BBC production better than the book! I never like films better than books. Maybe because although Amy Dorrit was pretty wimpy in the film, she was even wimpier in the book. That’s why the book, Little Dorrit, has never been one of my favorites. Andy Serkis, who plays the French villain, Rigaud, was perfect! Just when I was about to be driven insane by the simpering, mewling, wailing and whining of the other characters, M. Rigaud would appear, clearing the air of too much goodness with a hailstorm of villainy! I simply “adored” him! Yes, yes this is a food blog, but woman doesn’t live by food alone! Anyway.
Sleepless in Stuttgart, I thought about the really large barrel of pork rinds my husband bought at the commissary, which led me to think of cooks who use ground pork rinds for coating meat, and further to wonder how that would taste with the chicken thighs I planned to make today.
Then, in a brilliant, jewel-like (diamond) flash of inspiration, I decided to season the thighs with my Lay’s Barbecue Potato Chip Spice, before rolling them in the ground pork rinds.
Absolutely brilliant! I should write a commissary cookbook :D How did it taste? Good spicy flavor and crispy. My husband liked it a lot and I think Jade would too.
Barbecue Chicken Thighs
8 chicken thighs, skin on
1 1/2 cups ground pork rinds
A nugget of butter
Season the thighs with the potato chip spice, then roll in the ground pork rinds.
Preheat the oven to 400 F and melt the butter in a baking pan in the oven. Add the thighs, skin side down and roast for 20 minutes, turn and roast for an additional 15- 20 minutes.
Herb Roasted Vegetables
2 small courgettes, cut into large chunks
1 small cauliflower, broken into florets
12 large mushrooms, halved
1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
2 huge cloves of garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
Mix everything together, place in a baking pan and roast for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.
Beverage suggestion: German beer