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Also, slowly climbing the ladder towards being Kitchen Goddess.

Anyone who knows me knows I claim to have no cooking skill whatsoever. Well, this semester, Naomi and I realized that's not true at all. I'm just lazy, and don't like spending time making dinner. But when I do, it comes out delicious! But, because I'm lazy, I'm always looking for easy ways to make grilled chicken and steak tastier, since I don't want to get my George Foreman grill all messy.

So once upon a time, I found a recipe for Sweet BBQ Chicken. It caught my eye because it uses apple butter, which I happen to keep around. Most people don't. Only problem with this recipe is a) I don't have a brush for brushing sauce, b) I hate marinades because you have to think about it a day in advance and c) I didn't have a whole bunch of the ingredients.

So I modified it as follows:
For 2 chicken breasts:
40 ml apple butter, 40 ml ketchup
20 ml olive oil
2/3 tsp honey
1/6 tsp garlic powder, 1/6 tsp pepper
1 clove minced garlic.

mix in a bowl, heat in the microwave for 2 min, beat with a small whisk until mixed well and thickened. Spoon it onto chicken that's straight off the grill. Yum! Really quick, and REALLY easy!

Tonight, I wanted to make grilled steak for the first time, so I was looking up sauces, and I found Beer BBQ Sauce. We happen to have a lot of beer in the fridge right now. However, we DON'T have BBQ sauce, or Worcestershire sauce. So what do I do? Improvise, again!

From the last recipe, I learned that apple butter, when combined with ketchup and honey, already makes a BBQ taste. So I used that instead, and used less, since I didn't want to finish off the apple butter. We also didn't have onions. Instead, we used a very small shallot. So it came out like this:

1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup apple butter
2/3 cup LaBlat Blue beer
1/4 cup Honey
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tsp tabasco (but I suggest using 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp was too much)
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 Garlic cloves -- minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/8 tsp onion salt

Again, 2 minutes in the microwave, and whisked until blended and slightly thicker.

This made a lot more sauce than the other recipe, and it was thinner, so instead of spooning it on, when the steaks were done, I just took each one and completely submerged it in the bowl of sauce. Delicious! Though we definitely used too much tabasco. The sauce was nice and sweet, but also left my lips and tongue burning! We took what was left in the bottle of beer and split it between two small paper cups. Add a side dish of peas, and it was a great dinner to have while watching the hockey game!

We followed up with chocolate cake and appletinis. :-) I have a happy tummy.
inwaterwrit: (Default)
Also, slowly climbing the ladder towards being Kitchen Goddess.

Anyone who knows me knows I claim to have no cooking skill whatsoever. Well, this semester, Naomi and I realized that's not true at all. I'm just lazy, and don't like spending time making dinner. But when I do, it comes out delicious! But, because I'm lazy, I'm always looking for easy ways to make grilled chicken and steak tastier, since I don't want to get my George Foreman grill all messy.

So once upon a time, I found a recipe for Sweet BBQ Chicken. It caught my eye because it uses apple butter, which I happen to keep around. Most people don't. Only problem with this recipe is a) I don't have a brush for brushing sauce, b) I hate marinades because you have to think about it a day in advance and c) I didn't have a whole bunch of the ingredients.

So I modified it as follows:
For 2 chicken breasts:
40 ml apple butter, 40 ml ketchup
20 ml olive oil
2/3 tsp honey
1/6 tsp garlic powder, 1/6 tsp pepper
1 clove minced garlic.

mix in a bowl, heat in the microwave for 2 min, beat with a small whisk until mixed well and thickened. Spoon it onto chicken that's straight off the grill. Yum! Really quick, and REALLY easy!

Tonight, I wanted to make grilled steak for the first time, so I was looking up sauces, and I found Beer BBQ Sauce. We happen to have a lot of beer in the fridge right now. However, we DON'T have BBQ sauce, or Worcestershire sauce. So what do I do? Improvise, again!

From the last recipe, I learned that apple butter, when combined with ketchup and honey, already makes a BBQ taste. So I used that instead, and used less, since I didn't want to finish off the apple butter. We also didn't have onions. Instead, we used a very small shallot. So it came out like this:

1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup apple butter
2/3 cup LaBlat Blue beer
1/4 cup Honey
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tsp tabasco (but I suggest using 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp was too much)
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 Garlic cloves -- minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/8 tsp onion salt

Again, 2 minutes in the microwave, and whisked until blended and slightly thicker.

This made a lot more sauce than the other recipe, and it was thinner, so instead of spooning it on, when the steaks were done, I just took each one and completely submerged it in the bowl of sauce. Delicious! Though we definitely used too much tabasco. The sauce was nice and sweet, but also left my lips and tongue burning! We took what was left in the bottle of beer and split it between two small paper cups. Add a side dish of peas, and it was a great dinner to have while watching the hockey game!

We followed up with chocolate cake and appletinis. :-) I have a happy tummy.

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