Tuesday, June 10, 2008

yard sale blow out chicken

this past weekend i had a big yard sale and pseudo-block party (a joint party between me and a couple of my neighbors). to feed the hungry crowd i opted for bbq chicken with my new favorite sauce and some cheesy potatoes (in addition to the burgers, dogs, macaroni salad, various dessert, and grilled veggies provided by my neighbors and friends).

i picked up ten pounds of thighs and drumsticks from my favorite chicken purveyor, difeo and sons for only $16! another bonus - klein's seafood is right across the street! my neighbor manned the grill and i gave him the sauce to just brush on for the last 3-5 minutes of grilling. i just seasoned the chicken with a little salt and pepper pre-grilling.

here's the sauce:

1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 garlic cloves smashed or finely minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cayenne peppers
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. black pepper

mix everything together over medium heat. simmer, stirring continuously for about 10-15 minutes. remove from heat and let it sit till you're ready to use it (unless of course you're making it in advance). YUM!

cheesy potatoes (or church potatoes as a guy i work with calls them) are ALWAYS a success and they are super, super easy.

1 bag of frozen hashbrown (cubed not shredded) potatoes
1 regular size tub of sour cream
1 bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 TBL butter

mix everything together and bake in a casserole dish until bubbly. YUM!

update on the lil' city garden

oh man. these babies are really taking off since i repotted them (soil mixed with petitti's planting mix). the rise in temperature (it actually feels like summer now) and the rain has also helped quite a bit. many of the plants have already doubled in size and my one lil' tomato plant has teeny green tomatoes on it!

i also started a pretty kick ass lil' herb garden.

rosemary, basil, thyme, and chives will all be making an appearance soon. summer in the city. woohoo!


Viper said...

I think I ate half that chicken. It was gooooood! You're becoming a sauce master!

the erratic epicurean said...

woohoo! thanks. becoming a sauce master is a dream of mine!