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Pomegranate and Sumac Chicken

I know I have mentioned the spice Sumac seasoning before; I really think you should check it out. If you have a fabulous spice market of some sort near you; you should be fine. I do not so we buy ours online. Why do you want to check this spice out besides the the zip and color it will bring to your dishes especially but not limited to meat, veggies, dip and dressings. It does have some health benefits which might interest you. It is a powerful Antioxidant It ranks very high as an anti-inflammatory spice and again it adds and brings out flavor, similar power that salt does.

So apparently we didn’t take a picture when the chicken came out of the oven. One of my; and I know there are many flaws is that we are eating the food I write about in this blog. So I have a very short window to take pictures of the finished dish before we sit down and eat it. Apparently this one didn’t even get taken. I do apologize, we will make it again and update the pictures.

Another bonus is you can make this simple chicken dish. See what I did there, you buy the spice and now you need something to make with it; I got you! Chicken thighs are a fantastic choice here; seriously they are usually always a great choice. Bone-in skin-on are pretty forgivable when it comes to cooking and not drying out too much. No I don’t suggest you try to overcook them to prove me wrong but try cooking chicken breast 10 minutes longer than you should have.

Those little pods are the Aleppo pepper spice my daughter got from Occo.  https://www.eatocco.com/
She is not here at the moment so I cannot confirm but she has backed several kickstarters and I believe this might be one of them. They come pre-measured in cute little pods, stay fresher longer. You should check them out!

I am giving you a heads up that you need to marinade the chicken for at least 3 hours. I honestly hate grabbing a recipe, make sure I have everything, get it all on the counter and it has to marinate overnight or I should have started 3 days ago; not cool! So make the marinade in the morning, when you want dinner take it out to come to room temperature and pre-heat your oven and you are golden. I would serve rice along side this and maybe your favorite summer squash. Keep it simple and delicious.

Pomegranate and Sumac Chicken

dclarkabal
a flavorful easy way to prepare chicken that everyone will love
Course dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 8 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

for the marinade

  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all-spice
  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 2 large garlic cloves crushed
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl add all the marinade ingredients and mix together with 1½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Place the chicken in the bowl with the marinade and massage the chicken into the marinade making sure to cover the chicken with it. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  • When you are to bake the chicken. Take the bowl out of the fridge and set it on the counter to come to room temperature, roughly 20 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F
  • Place the chicken, skin side up on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Place sheet pan in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear.

Recipe adapted from cookbook Ripe Figs – Yasmin Kahn

Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

I hope the name does not stop you from wanting to make this delicious salad. My daughter made it last year for a work potluck and it was a huge hit so she wanted to share it with the family this Thanksgiving and we are all very happy she did. Even my husband who is not a big fan of the mini green cabbages.

Some people like my husband can be funny about certain vegetables and brussl spouts are definitly on the list of questionable veggied.  However this salad has so much going on that even if you are on the fence about brussel sprouts you will truly enjoy this salad; my husband certaintly did. I also think it will be perfect for your Christmas table being the colors of green with red pomegranites dotted throughlout; it looks super festive and you should check it out; I don’t think you will be disappointed.

there are many ways to make this salad so you can substitute to your liking  such as the apple, the nuts; you can add regular nuts; I would toast them for more depth of flavor. You can use kale instead of brussel sprouts, cabbage would be great.

I am sure I am not alone in disliking buying an ingredient for one recipe and then it sits on the shelf. I cleaned out my pantry and came across a tub of spices and one was dated back to 2007 – oops must have forgot about that one; into the trash it went. You might not be able to find sumac at your local grocery store, we had to order it online but please be assured It can be used to flavor meats, fish, salads and even hummus. It is a tangy lemony spice often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. I think you will really like it.

Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

dclarkabal
a great crunchy salad you can make your own - a real crowd pleaser

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 large red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoon s red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts, shredded subs. kale
  • 1 large pomegranate seeded
  • 1 large Granny smith apple peeled, cored, chopped - subs. honey crisp, pink lady
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup candied pecans chopped - subs toasted walnuts, plain pecans

Instructions
 

Dressing - make ahead and set aside about 15 minutes

  • Combine red onion, wine vinegar, sumac and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a small dish

Salad

  • combine the remaining ingredients and toss well. season with salt and pepper as needed
  • This salad can be prepped ahead, but keep the dressing off of it until at most an hour before serving so it doesn’t discolor the sprouts.

Pomegranate easy peasy!

What a blast we had yet again at our holiday party!  I am so happy I started throwing this party on Friday night.  Getting ready for the party is a lot of work and it being on Friday it makes it feel like I get 2 Sunday’s and boy are they needed after having 50+ people in and out of the house. The dining room table was overflowing with food; I made some but everyone brings a little something to share.  The kitchen seemed to have never ending bottles of wine; not sure we even opened the ones we bought.  The living room had my friend’s piano, him playing and many singers standing over his shoulder trying to read the words, a few made up their own words; which I love.

My “second” Sunday the house is thoroughly cleaned and all the bedding is washed and bed’s re-made.  Also there’s a little time to relax and watch some football.

My “first” Sunday we pick up where needed and since we have several friend s and family members staying over; breakfast is kind of a big deal; it’s much quieter thankfully but I am generally not in any state of mind to make breakfast for so many.  This year there were 15 of us. I do prepare most of it the night before; it makes it So much easier after staying up half the night singing.

In my last post I mentioned that I make Sausage Strata and a Hashbrown casserole the day before; which I did again this year.  There were also bagels, and some other bread options that people brought to share; which was very appreciated. This year I did make a fruit plate on the morning of; so it was fresh with Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit both segmented and some Pomegranate seeds.  Everyone liked that I served pomegranate but were very interested in how I got all the seeds out.  After my 4th time explaining it I started telling them that I may have to charge them my typical class fee.

Pomegranate Fruits. Español: Una granada, frut...

Pomegranate Fruits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pomegranate

Medium bowl – large enough for the fruit and your hands to be under water

Strainer

Water

Fill the bowl with cool water, slice open the pomegranate and then you basically just turn the fruit inside out and the seeds will all fall to the bottom of the bowl.  You do have to work at it a little but there is hardly any mess and they basically all just fall out. Strain the seeds from the water and enjoy. I bet I had most all the seeds out in less than 5 minutes.  I always liked pomegranate but never bought them because they were such a pain and so messy.  Now I will be buying them whenever I see them in the store. I have a feeling that everyone at breakfast might be doing the same thing.  My mother who missed this years party called to see how everything went, I shared this with her also.  She was also excited to try it – too funny!!!