Sunday, January 11, 2015

Serrano Chile-Rubbed Roast Chicken

We had a very relaxing trip to Fort Worth this Christmas to see Jeffrey's family! It was so wonderful to just be with each other and not even get out of our PJs for several days. That was mostly due to many getting sick with a cold, but still, we loved just laying around! Here are some pictures we took. Due to illness, we didn't get around to taking our yearly group photos, which most of us were not too upset about since we have the exact same photos every year, but I'm sure we will get right back to it next year!
Here are the Keithlings on "Christmas Morning". Yes, Jeffrey is holding a switch blade. I love James' expression towards Jeffrey's violence.
Last year Mel was pregnant with Molly! This year, Molly was with us through all the festivities, we had a blast with her. I was obsessed!
So many sweet shots of her little doll face!
I mean, come on!!
We did manage pictures in our matching PJs before the sickness settled in. We even found polka dot pants for Miss Molly!
Being silly with Mommasita!
The 2 little mommas!
Per tradition, Mel, Katy and I made dinner for the family on New Year's Eve. 
Stirring up something good! We made Ricotta Meatballs over Pasta, Cheese Gougeres, Roasted Veggies, Pots de Creme and Mel's favorite appetizer, Blue Cheese Truffle Chips

Their expressions after eating the truffle chips!
Ha! I needed some Champagne!
I love cooking with these 2!

He loves to make awkward faces.
We will be awkward together.
Katy serving it up!

Molly got a wagon for Christmas. At night when she was fussy, we found the if we put her in the wagon and wheeled her around the house, she would calm down. This was maybe my 20th trip around the house! I loved every minute of it. 
It was a fun Christmas!

I am always looking for new chicken recipes for my Protein Boy! I was very interested in the marinate for this recipe. I think I would try it next time with chicken tenders and cook it less, but overall, it was yummy!

Serrano Chile-Rubbed Roast Chicken
quartered chicken pieces: breast and 2 legs
1 bottle beer
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

spice rub:
5 clove garlic
2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 serrano chile 
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper

Hmm I'm not sure where the picture of marinating the chicken went..but here is the directions for it. Mix together beer and cider vinegar, marinate chicken in mixture for 4 hours or overnight. 
 Mix together spice rub ingredients in a small food processor.

 Remove chicken pieces from the marinate and pat dry with a paper towel.
 Rub chicken with spice rub and let sit at room temperature for 30 mins. Preheat oven to 350. 
Brush chicken with olive oil, roast in oven for 30 minutes. Increase oven tem to 450 and continue roasting until chicken skin is golden and crisp and termometer reaches 165 (about 25 more mins). 
Transfer to plate and season with salt before serving.

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