Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chicken with Paprika

The other night I made this chicken with smoky paprika and it was delicious. It was a little bit smoky and a little bit spicy from the paprika. It was also very tender and juicy since it all cooks evenly throughout.
It was also pretty easy to prepare once you have the chicken processed. Taking the backbone out can be tricky unless you have a good knife or kitchen shears. Once you do have the bone out and the chicken flattened out on your sheet pan the rest is a cinch though. This is a flavorful dish for a weeknight meal. There is very little prep and very little cleanup...that's a keeper.
Chicken with Smoky Paprika
1 whole chicken
2 t salt
1 t freshly cracked pepper
2 t smoked spanish paprika (I use the kind from Penzey's)
1 T olive oil
Remove the backbone from the chicken and lay it flat. (Simply cut clong either side of it by setting the chicken in an upright position or use the shears to cut through the bones.) Press down on it with your hands to flatten it out so that it will cook evenly. Liberally season both sides of the chicken and drizzle with oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Check with a meat thermometer for doneness. Let rest 5-10 minutes before carving.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sugar Cookies

It's that time of year...the time when I search for the best sugar cookie recipe I can find. This year I found a keeper. I really love this recipe because you don't have to wait for the butter to come to room temperature. That is key because I never plan ahead enough for that to happen. I always work on the fly...if the kids are happy and my hands are free then I bake. Today my hands were free so I grabbed some butter from the freezer and got to work.
This simple recipe bakes a batch of tender sugar cookies that don't last long around here. We baked a couple dozen and hardly had any left by the time I got around to snapping a few picture. We invited the neighbors over to decorate cookies. The kids ate a bunch while decorating, we gave a few away, we ate some more, we gave some to my guitar teacher, and then we ate a few more. It's a good thing this recipe makes a big batch of dough, because we can cut off a big chunk of dough and have terrific cookies anytime we want them.
Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cup butter melted
2 cups white granulated sugar
4 eggs (jumbo)
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 tbs almond extract
5 cups of flour
Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Whisk in the sugar. Beat in the eggs and almond extract once the butter/sugar mixture has cooled enough so that it won't scramble the eggs. Mix the flour and baking soda. Add a bit at a time (I used the paddle attachment on my KitchenAid and just let it whirl around 5 or 6 times before adding another big scoop of flour.) Chill for about 2 hours in the fridge.Roll out about 1/4 inch thick on a floured board, cut, and place on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake at 35o for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will be a very light golden at the edges. Let them completely cool and then decorate with icing and sprinkles.
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
Food coloring
Whip together with the mixer. Separate and color as desired.

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