A Little Bit of Yum for Everyone

I’m OK with the fact that in any meal I make I can’t please all the members of my family. It’s a rare day that each and every person is making lick smacking yummy noises… and so I don’t even try. What I do try is new recipes all the time. I am definitely not the housewife who cooks spaghetti every Monday and tuna casserole every Tuesday. I do have repeat recipes that I throw into my repertoire, but every week I try one or two new things.

The kids and I have been heading to our local library every couple of weeks. They get a bunch of picture books, the latest Boxcar Children chapter book (they are hooked on this series… I’ve been reading it to them and they LOVE it), and a few DVDs. I get a book to read and lately I’ve been getting cookbooks. It’s a super way to try new recipes without investing the money in a book you may or may not like. Last week I checked out Nigella Kitchen by Nigella Lawson. I’ve heard her on NPR and always thought she had a delightful way of speaking of food but I’ve never made any of her recipes…. until now.

Last night I tried Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes and man was it good. It’s a very easy oven bake recipe that uses just a few ingredients. Here’s what she says to do… and I’ll tell you how I changed it (because of course I can’t follow a recipe exactly!)

  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 12 Chicken Thighs (bone in, with skin)
  • 1 3/4 pounds chorizo sausages, whole if baby ones, or cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks if regular-sized
  • 2 1/4 pounds baby white-skinned potatoes, halved
  • 2 red onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Put the oil in the bottom of 2 shallow pans, 1 TBS in each. Rub the skin of the chicken in the oil, then turn skin-side up, 6 pieces in each pan.
  2. Divide the sausages and potatoes between the 2 pans. Sprinkle the onion and oregano over, then grate the orange zest over the pans.
  3. Cook for 1 hour, but after 30 minutes, swap the top pan with the bottom pan in the oven and baste the contents with the orange-colored juices.

And that’s it.

But…. I didn’t use 12 chicken thighs… that’s seriously a lot of chicken for a family of 4… I just used one package which had 5. I also used red potatoes as my grocery store didn’t have white, and instead of chorizo sausages I used a pound of smoked sausage. While My Man and I would like the spicy-ness of chorizo, the kiddos may not. I also used just one onion because I’m not a super oniony person.

I’m sure Nigella’s version is superb, but mine was a hit as well. Buddy liked the sausage, Little Miss liked the chicken and potatoes, and My Man and I liked every little bit. In her cookbook she also gives a suggestion for what to do with your leftovers…debone the chicken and chop the entire mess of chicken, potatoes, and sausages up to use  as a filling for quesadillas. And, since quesadillas are my go-to for many a leftover I was all over that. I used a mexican blend shredded cheese to quesadilla it all up and we had it for dinner tonight with salsa. Delish.

Many of my tries are one hit wonders, or one hit disasters, but this particular dish will fall into my rotation and will be made again.


One response to this post.

  1. […] already spoken of my love of trying new recipes and my recent new found love of getting cookbooks from the library… well, a few weeks back I checked out a Rachel Ray cookbook called Rachel […]


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