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Remembering Having Great Chicken With Such Deliciousness
Grilled chicken is one of my favorite foods. There is nothing like the flavor of chicken when it just comes off the grill. The smoky aroma, the moist taste and tenderness of grilled chicken as it melts in your mouth.
One of the things I do is marinate my chicken for two to three hours before I put it on the grill. I make sure my grill is clean before I put anything on it. Using olive oil on the grates may help reduce any chance of the chicken or vegetables sticking.
Grilling chicken is almost an art. It does not matter if you use charcoal or gas to grill chicken. If you want a smoky flavor on your chicken then you may want to use charcoal.
I like the smoky flavor from charcoal so I use it more often. At this time of the year, most people have put away their grills or are about to. I find grilling to be an exciting past-time any time of the year.
Just remember the smell of chicken roasting on the grill and how you anticipate the savory flavor of taking that first bite. The skin nice and crisp with all of the juices and flavor exploding into your mouth.
That first bite that has all that savory goodness running down your chin. The fresh taste of chicken that was perfectly prepared. The way it makes your mouth water looking for more.
You get full-throated flavor that makes you ravenous for more. You have to be quick though. Others are wanting more of that tasty chicken that was perfectly prepared. You feel as if your world is whole with such succulent food before you.
Choosing the Right Leg-Quarters For Grilling
You must remember when choosing your leg quarters, a couple of things that are crucial are: skin must be on, another is to look for are broken bones.
The reason to have the skin on the leg-quarters is for added flavor. After you take the leg-quarters out of the marinade, pat them dry. Putting the marinade on after the pat down is to add as much flavor as you can.
One way to enhance the flavor is to put some of the seasoning under the skin as well as some butter(my favorite) or oil as well.
I try to make sure that the quarters are large. While this may take longer, the flavor is extraordinary. Those few minutes will you get a much better flavor than you would from smaller quarters. The smaller quarters while they cook faster are prone to dry out easier.
Some Tasty Sides to go With Your Leg Quarters
Pair with the chicken some corn that has been roasted on the grill. You might want to put a little chili powder on the corn before grilling or some other flavor. I like it plain or with a little chili powder. This is similar to Mexican street corn, very tasty.
Roast the corn until you get just a little char on it but remember you have to turn it on occasion to keep it from burning but still get that fantastic roasted flavor that is second to none. Roasting your corn this way helps to enhance the flavor and make it sweeter.
I will sometimes grill other vegetables to go with my corn and chicken like asparagus or stuffed jalapeno peppers. I stuff my peppers with feta cheese. Try to find out which vegetables your guests prefer, this will make for a more successful experience.
Using Cast Iron can Enhance Your Dishes
I often use cast iron griddles and pots to enhance or give a different flavor to some of my dishes.
Often, I will use my cast iron pot to create a new dish for added flavor. When you try to add flavor and create new dishes that become family favorites, you are on the way to becoming the person that family and friends go to for flavorful, savory meals.
This is a recipe that my family loves for a simple meal.
- 3 medium potatoes diced
- 1 medium yellow or white quartered onions
- 3-4 jalapenos diced
- 2-3 carrots cut into rounds
- chicken stock enough to cover the bottom of the pot to 1/2 inch
Should you decide to try the above recipe but want meat there is another alternative way to prepare this recipe. Grill your leg quarters half way.
- Prepare your cast iron pot by heating it
- leg quarters in bottom of pot
- add vegetables from above and cover with lid
- place pot on cool side of grill for about 45 minutes.
This is a savory dish to be enjoyed by all.
Grilling Vegetables for Savory Sides
Grilling asparagus, sweet peppers, jalapenos and other vegetables are family favorites as well. Some people like the asparagus to be wrapped in bacon and grilled while I finish grilling the leg quarters.
Take sweet bell peppers place them on the grill until they start to blister then turn them. Another favorite is jalapenos. Take the jalapenos and cut them in half lengthways, take the seeds out and replace with a feta-mozzerrla cheese mixture. I grill the peppers until they start to blister and the cheese starts to melt.
Still another favorite, this one is basically a dessert, take peaches, remove the pits, place them on the grill until the skin starts to bubble(blister) turn them onto the cut side for just a moment or two to seal the flavor in. It makes for a naturally sweet desert that is sure to please
You are the one in charge. You are the one who ultimately gets the thrill from family and friends when every morsel is eaten and everyone is satisfied with such a wonderful meal. When family and friends gather at the table for a meal, love is welcomed in their midst. Such times as these need to be shared with all to make our lives better for the sharing of love and friendship.
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