72 hours until vacation but a girl still needs to eat! I started looking around online for something to make for dinner tonight and found a recipe for chicken wings with red chimchurri sauce that sounded fantastic! The sauce was super easy to make but needed a little elevating. So that’s what I did. I made some Cajun potato foil packets to go with them. Dinner was delicious and cleanup was easy! Well, truth be told, it’s always easy for me because Staci does the dishes. It’s the best possible reward for a good meal that she could give me.
For the red chimchurri sauce, I drained a jar of roasted red bell peppers and threw them in the food processor. (Do y’all notice how I’m always throwing my ingredients? I swear I’m not an angry person.) I added 5 cloves of garlic, a handful of cilantro, a handful of parsley, the juice of half a lemon, 2Tbsp capers, 1/3c olive oil, 3Ttbsp balsamic vinegar, 2tsp salt, 1tsp crushed red pepper (adjust accordingly for your heat preference…next time I’ll use more). Blast that sucker! It’s so red and vibrant! Set aside.
For the wings, I bought 2.5lbs frozen that were already separated into drums and flats and thawed them. Then I dried them VERY WELL and tossed them in a large mixing bowl. I melted 3 Tbsp butter and poured it over wings and tossed. Salt and pepper. Toss. More salt and pepper. Toss. Then I added about a half cup flour. Toss. I wanted a nice crunchy coating on the chicken. On to a foil lined baking sheet and into a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. These alone would be delicious salt and pepper wings!
But not tonight. When they were done they went back into the bowl (now clean, no gross raw chicken juice, ew!) and poured a generous amount of the chimchurri and, you guessed it, tossed. Plated with generous amounts of cilantro sprinkled on top. So good!
Potatoes were even easier. I quartered a few red potatoes and combined them with 2 coarsely sliced shallots, about 2 Tbsp of Cajun seasoning, olive oil, and a teaspoon of each dried oregano and rosemary which I crushed by rubbing my hands together over the bowl. Toss and divide between two sheets of foil (about 12in). Wrap tight and put them on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 40 minutes. They needed some salt when they came out but were otherwise very good.
On a non-cooking note, I spent 2 hours at TJ Maxx today hoping for some good summer clearance deals for some vacation beach clothes. They had them. Unfortunately I am no longer a medium so after trying on 10 pieces, I left with 3. I loathe shopping unless I’m small. Which is ridiculous, I know. Vanity? Pride? Low self esteem? It’s anyone’s guess. All of this cooking, vacationing and margarita-loving is not helpful. Neither was last year’s hysterectomy.
But there’s this. I’m blissfully happy, relatively healthy, employed and gratefully in the safe zone of Texas. About to be staring at the ocean I so love with the person I so love. So what’s there to complain about? Absolutely nothing.
Happy reading, joyful cooking, and spread the love!