Sunday, October 24, 2010

Roasted Chili Citrus Chicken Thighs with Olives and Potatoes

I don't often post recipes that are straight from a magazine or cookbook, but in this instance, I just had to! Bon Appetit really knocked one out of the park with this delicious dish featuring one of my favorites - olives! You'll want to keep going back for more, and you'll definitely be fighting over the leftovers (that is if there are any!)

Roasted Chili Citrus Chicken Thighs with Mixed Olives and Potatoes

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-wide wedges (ok, I didn't peel mine and they were just fine!) :)
8 large skinless chicken thighs with bones
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh parsley
50 olives (preferably mixed colors and sizes)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook potatoes in large saucepan of lightly salted water until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Drain.

Carefully transfer chicken and potatoes to platter, keeping potatoes intact. Place baking sheet over 2 stovetop burners. Boil sauce until reduced to 1 cup, about 3 minutes. Mix in olives. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper and additional lime juice, if desired. Pour sauce over chicken and potatoes; top with remaining tablespoon cilantro and serve.

Meanwhile, place chicken thighs on large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle chicken generously with salt; drizzle with 1 tablespoon lime juice and set aside. Whisk 1 tablespoon lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, both paprikas, grated orange peel, ground cumin, dried oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in small bowl. Rub chili mixture all over chicken. Arrange potato wedges on baking sheet, nestling around chicken. Drizzle olive oil over chicken and potatoes. Bake chicken and potatoes 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Turn chicken and potato wedges; spoon juices over. Bake 10 minutes longer. Add chicken broth, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, and chopped parsley, stirring to scrape up any chili bits at bottom of baking sheet. Turn chicken over. Bake until chicken is cooked through and beginning to brown in spots, about 10 minutes longer.

Barbecued Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Have you ever found yourself in possession of a large amount of pulled pork? I love everything about it - making it is a breeze (hello easy crock pot meal!), it's so tender and juicy and there are a ton of things to do with it! When my roommate Rachel moved to Michigan, she bestowed her Omaha Steaks barbecued pulled pork stash upon me, so I was befuddled to do with 6 1-lb packs of pulled pork.

Luckily, Des from Life's Ambrosia has a great recipe for pulled pork enchiladas, which I've slightly adapted here. Trust me, you'll find yourself making a few extra pounds of pulled pork next time just so you can make these enchiladas :)

Barbecued Pulled Pork Enchiladas

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 14-ounce can tomato sauce
1 roma tomato, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

For the enchiladas:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 onion, sliced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
1 pound barbecued pulled pork, cookedCanola oil (enough to cover bottom of a skillet about 1/4 inch high)
12 corn tortillas
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

Warm olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Add onions and garlic and saute 3 minutes. Add in spices and cook another minute. Stir in tomato sauce and diced tomato and simmer 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in cilantro; set aside.

Meanwhile, warm 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and cook about 8 minutes, until starting to char. Stir in pulled pork and cook to warm through. Remove from heat.

In a small skillet, heat canola oil until about 360 degrees (or when small bubbles form around the end of a wooden spoon when placed in it). Cook tortillas, one at a time, about 10 seconds on each side. Set on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9 x 13 pan, spread 3/4 cup tomato sauce over bottom. Place about 2 tablespoons pork mixture in each tortilla and top with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheddar. Roll and place in pan, one right next to the other. Repeat until all tortillas are used and pan is filled. Top with remaining tomato sauce and spread remaining cheese over (1 to 1 1/2 cups). Cover and cook 15 minutes. Remove cover and cook another 5 minutes, until cheese and melted and just starting to brown.

Let sit at least 10 minutes before digging in, but this is also a great meal to make a day ahead!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Austin Must-Try: Uchiko

If you're a fan of food living in Austin, by now you've heard of Tyson Cole's new restaurant - Uchiko. Whether or not you've been is another story. I've been lucky enough to attend their soft opening, a private food blogger event and sit at the sushi bar with a friend thanks to a generous $100 gift card from their awesome PR team. Life is good.

As a result of my good fortune, I've tried numerous things on the menu, and yes, it IS that good. Are some of the menu items pricey? Yes, but they're worth it. There are also several affordable dishes that you can walk away feeling satisfied and with your wallet not fully depleted. The bottom line? You need to check Uchiko out - whether it's for a romantic dinner, a fun night out at the sushi bar or for their saki social happy hour where you get some great steals.

Here are a few of my favorites captured from my various trips there - I can't wait to go back!

My favorite bargain purchase: tempura eggplant. $4 for a bowl of these beauties - the texture is to die for!

You can't have an Uchi or Uchiko experience without having the pork belly - Tyson Cole makes the best! He's got two pork belly options at Uchiko - obviously I tried both. This is the bacon sen.
Just make sure you finish your trip with the fried milk. You'll thank me :)