Thursday, February 02, 2012

Superbowl Chicken Drumsticks and Sweet Potato Fries

Here are my first thoughts on my Superbowl menu.  I keep getting emails, watching cooking shows and visiting websites that are full of ideas for Superbowl eats.  But I have all the ingredients for these dishes so I'm trying to stick with them.  Did you know that in the US Superbowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day after Thanksgiving?!  That's some serious eats!

You have to marinate the chicken overnight so all you have to do on game day is toss them on a pan.  You can prep the fries in the morning so come game time you can just toss them on a pan.  Nothing more than "tossing" to be done when you're busy with the games and/or guests!

Tandoori Drumsticks
Serves 4

  • 1 - 1.5 lbs chicken drumsticks (at least 2 per person)
  • 1cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 cardamon pods (or 1/2 tsp ground)
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • red food colouring (optional)
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  1. Remove the skin from the chicken drumsticks
  2. Mix the yogurt through red food colouring in a dish big enough to hold the drumsticks
  3. Toss in the drumsticks and marinate overnight
  4. An hour or so before you are going to put the drumsticks in the oven, mix in the lemon juice to the marinade and drumstick dish
  5. Preheat the oven to 425F
  6. Remove the drumsticks from the marinade and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil
  7. Bake until the drumsticks are cooked through, about 50 minutes
  8. Sprinkle on the fresh chopped cilantro and serve!

Sweet Potato Fries
Serves 4

  • 1.5 -2 lbs sweet potato, scrubbed clean and cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 beaten egg white
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Ranch dressing for dipping

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or cover the bottom with parchment paper
  3. Toss sweet potato strips in a bowl with the olive oil, egg and curry powder
  4. Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, turn, bake another 10 minutes. 
  6. Serve with the ranch dressing on the side for dipping

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