This month I was assigned the blog Our Eating Habits, authored by Jamie. Here is a clip from her About Me page:
I love to cook. I love to bake. I love to dine out. Eating is a big part of my life, so I make sure everything that goes into my mouth is tasty. Why waste time and calories on bad food? I strive to be creative and fun in the kitchen. I love trying new recipes, and new restaurants. I am so excited to start this new hobby and share some yummy tidbits with you. I hope you all enjoy!!
Her blog is filled with amazing recipes and I just realized I never even looked at her baking/beverage tab....SAY WHAT!? Man! I'm going to have to go back and take a peek. I pinned a few recipes to try, including her Stuffed Pizza Pretzels, and her Chicken Broccoli Casserole, but ultimately chose her Sticky Chicken Legs and Crispy Potato Skins. I made two because one was a main and one was a side (both of which I needed for a meal anyways).
I love crock pot recipes and was excited to try a new one...I think for this one I needed to add more seasonings. I loved the flavor, but it needed a bit more seasoning for me. The potato skins were a hit. My hubby got home late from work and even cold he loved them. I'll have to make them again. I attempted to make some with sweet potatoes, but I think I cooked them too long and all the "filling" came right off the skin, just leaving the thin flimsy skin...oh well..I saved the fillings of all potatoes and will make mashed potatoes with them tonight.
Let's get on to the recipes!
Sticky Chicken Legs
courtesy of Our Eating Habits
1/2 c. Honey
1/2 c. Brown sugar
1/3 c. Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 c. Soy Sauce
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. Franks Red Hot Sauce (I had buffalo sauce so used that)
10 chicken legs
1 Tbs. cornstarch
1 Tbs. Water
1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.
2. Spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray and add chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and stir to coat, then cook on high for 3 hours. Remove chicken. Combine cornstarch and water then add to liquid in crock pot. Stir and cook on high for 20-30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Return chicken to pot and cook until chicken is re-heated through about 20 minutes.
3. Serve and enjoy.
Crispy Potato Skins
Courtesy of Our Eating Habits
4 medium potatoes
2 Tbs. melted butter
1/2 c. Salsa
2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
3 bacon strips cooked and crumbled
2 green onions chopped
6 Tbs. mayo
4 Tbs. sour cream
2 Tbs. ranch dressing
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1. Clean potatoes and prick with a fork. Wrap in foil and bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 45 minute or until tender. Remove and cool long enough to handle.
2. Cut potatoes into 4 wedges and scoop out potato. Leave just enough to hold the skin together..take your time so the skins don't rip. Brush melted butter on skins and place skin side down on baking sheet.
3. Top with salsa, cheese and bacon. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Top with green onions.
4. Mix together remaining 4 ingredients. Scoop in to sandwich bag and drizzle over potatoes.
5. Eat and Enjoy. These were definitely the star of the show.
I felt like the cheese melted too fast so I think next time I would actually bake the skins with just melted butter on for a little bit, then take out, add toppings and bake for about 5 minutes or just until cheese melts. But they were a huge hit, so yay!!!
With Joy UNquenchable,