The no plan protein

The  game I have with myself right now is protein roulette.  I buy the protein I’m going to cook and then challenge myself to use whatever is on hand.  The purpose is twofold:  to make me a more creative cook, and 2) get rid of that stuff that’s been sitting on my shelves for too long.

Rex is basically a vegetarian, but he does like chicken legs.  I’ve made then 20 different ways.  I went out on a limb and did thighs this night.  I did two different versions.  This one worked out the best.

Homemade ceasar dressing from a few days previous, chopped onions ( half chopped, sitting in plastic wrap) chicken broth and hot pepper jelly.   It turned out great. The crispy skin was a hit. Marinated over night and cooked long and low in the oven.

I made another wing it batch with broth, onions, paprika, cumin, but it cooked a tad too long and wasn’t as fun. The skin was still popular though.

I know, it might not look fab, but it’s pretty tasty.  Hey, you don’t have to be a chef to make food. Since I do more of the cooking than my home chef I have figured this out. So many people eat food out of a box or a freezer.  Don’t be afraid to cook.

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