Summer is done and dusted, Fall is on its way out the door and the dreaded winter months lurk around the corner. I’m not a winter weather person at all, I grew up in warmer climes, I did not experience snow nor frigid temperatures till I was in my mid-twenties. As a result, I do not really look forward to winter at all. Heck I tried skiing and skating, but felt clumsy and awkward trying to master it at a later stage in life. Like learning another language, it is good to start at a younger age. As I age, my bones feel creaky, I moan and whine, I complain about the cold, I long for island vacations, or a get-away in the colder months.
What I do enjoy about the cooler weather though is enjoying all the comfort foods I prepare in the kitchen. There’s nothing like the aroma of soup simmering on the stove, hearing a stew bubbling away in a crock pot, curries every week, baking breads and muffins, heating up the kitchen and staying warm. I’ll have to say winter cooking is probably by far my most favorite time in the kitchen, so all’s not lost. Today I tried a recipe from Skinnytaste’s website. I enjoy the simplicity of her meals, together with all the other information provided on her site. My daughter had brought me a bottle of spicy salsa from her trip to Mexico which I hadn’t used till now. The addition of this surprise twist at the end gave the dish an intense explosion of flavors in your mouth. I will probably try this with chicken bone-in thighs the next time. Crock pots are great in the winter, you just add it all in, go about your day and what awaits you at the end is nothing short of mouth-watering! A glass of vino, some salad on the side and dinner is ready!
- 8 skinless drumsticks
- 1/4 cup pure Maple syrup
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 3/4 tsp garlic salt
- Fresh cracked pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon Salsa 12 chiles (or Siracha, a hot chilli sauce)
Season chicken with garlic salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Combine maple, balsamic, Salsa and Dijon in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the legs, making sure the chicken is covered. Here are the results. The meat literally fell of the bone and the flavors left you salivating for more. Crock pot recipes are the way to go when time is limited.
I’m bringing this Fall dish to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #93