Chipotle Orange Glazed Chicken Wings

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I love chicken,I love oranges so what I did I combined the two and I made an orange glaze with a bit of other goodies such as chipotle powder for that extra zip of heat and brown sugar for sweetness ,orange marmalade for that hint of orange.This chicken dish reminded me of chicken a l’Orange I haven’t had that since I was a kid that was many moons ago.I wanted to make this because I saw one of my friends make some chicken with orange juice that’s how I became inspired .I have sort of twisted it to be more of my taste and I am ready to share this lovely chicken inspiration here I go.This chicken makes a good main dish or as a appetizer at a holiday party they are cute ,little and finger friendly easy to hold.Believe me they are good. They will keep you wanting more.

Ingredients:

1 pack of chicken drummies or breast,thighs,wings

1/2 cup of orange juice

2 tbsps orange marmalade

2 tbsps brown sugar

1 cup  of ketchup

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsps olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp chipotle  powder

2 tsps cornstarch

1/3 cup water

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:For The Chicken

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

1. Put chicken on a foiled lined sheet pan.

2. Season the chicken with  salt and pepper on both sides

3. Now place the chicken in the oven and bake for 50 minutes .

Directions The Glaze:

1.In a small to med sauce pan add the orange juice,lemon juice,orange marmalade,ketchup,olive oil,brown sugar,garlic powder,ground chipotle powder, cornstarch, water ,salt and pepper

2. Now stir the mixture over medium heat bring to a boil  for about 5 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken.Now reduce heat and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes. when glaze has thickened turn off heat and set aside.

3.When chicken is done baking, spoon the glaze onto the chicken and put it  back in the oven for 5 minutes .Repeat this 2 more times until the chicken start to char a little at the bottom .

4. Now you can plate the chicken and serve .Let me tell you this chicken is awesomely delicious and  I hope you enjoy making this chicken as much as I did.

Apple Jelly Glazed Jalapeno Meatballs

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I made these meatballs  for a Christmas party as one of my appetizers and they were a hit .This time I made these a little different I roasted the Jalapeno pepper and added it to the beef.I added some other stuff like spices and herbs.I made sure these bad boys had some flavor .So the next time your throwing a party or a get together make sure you make these apart of your shindig and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

2/3 cup red pepper – chopped

1 jalapeno pepper roasted seeded and chopped

1-1/2 tbsps   onion -chopped

1 medium garlic clove -minced

1/2 cup bread crumbs

3 tbsps  milk

2 tsps Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1-1/2 tbsps olive oil ( I used light olive oil)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

For The Glaze:

3 tbsps apple jelly

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Sauteing the onions ,garlic and bell pepper:

1. Pour olive oil in a heat skilled .

2. Now add the red bell pepper,onions and garlic.

3.Saute for 3-5 minutes or until mixture  becomes tender.

 

Making  The  Meatballs:

 

1. In a  large bowl add the ground beef,moistened bread crumbs , chopped onion,red bell pepper, jalapeno and minced garlic.Now add  the   Italian seasoning,thyme ,parsley and salt and pepper.

2.Using your hands or a Spatula mix the ground beef mixture thoroughly until everything is combined.

3.On a  parchment lined sheet pan shape the into 1″  meatballs  and make them an 1″ apart.

4. Place in into a 350 degree oven and bake for  25 minutes.

5. When the meatballs are done cooking, let them rest for 5-10 minute to reabsorb their juices lost during baking

Making the glaze:

1.Put the apple jelly into  small sauce pan.

2.Whisk the apple jelly until fully melted.

3.Once jelly has melted, pour the mixture over the meatballs and stir with a spatula to cover the meatballs.

4.Once the jelly glaze has been added ,now you finally finish by adding the tooth picks to meatballs.

Once you make these you’ll be hooked .

So  have fun making great appetizers and eat on dude.

Maple Spiced Pecan Pie Bites

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I am excited to share some of my dishes and desserts.I am starting with these pecan bites that I had made once before for one my Christmas parties they were a hit.They are easy to make and made with maple syrup instead of corn syrup I am not a fan .I added a cinnamon and ground ginger to add a little extra flavor.I made them with a store bought crust to make things easier if you prefer to make your own  crust that is fine too.

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Ingredients:

2 eggs at room temp

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 light brown sugar

2 tsps vanilla paste or vanilla extra

2 tbsps melted  unsalted butter

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 ground ginger

1 store bought or homemade pie crust

 

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.In a medium or large  mixing bowl place all of  the ingredients. Mix with a whisk or spatula until thoroughly combined.Place aside.

3.Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Take a 3 inch round cookie cutter and cut out as many circles as you can.

4.Place the cut out dough into a mini muffin pan and gently press into pan.

5.Spoon 2 tsps of the pecan filling in each pie shell.(try not to over fill)

6.Place into oven and bake  for 15- 25 mins or until filling is set and  crust is golden brown.

7.Let cool pecan bites cool on a bakers rack and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan.Now remove from pan with a butter knife carefully .Cool completely .

Now transfer the pecan bites to a  serving dish and Enjoy!!!

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Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken Wings!!!

Here is a yummy and tasty appetizer to have anytime.I love little finger foods especially chicken wings very nice.They are so versatile and you could flavor them anyway you want.I chose lemon garlic and herb because it sounds fancy to me and you can have them for lunch or dinner pair them with asparagus or broccoli and rice.These are so good.These are good for you because they are baked and not fried in a pan full of oil.They are guilt free.

Ingredients:

8-12 party chicken wings

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 tbsps olive oil

1 tbsp butter-melted

5 cloves of garlic-crushed & minced

1/2 tsp dried or fresh thyme

1/2 tsp fresh or dried rosemary

1/2 tsp fresh or dried basil

1/2 tsp fresh or dried oregano

1/2 tsp fresh or dried parsley

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Ingredients:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Put  the party chicken wing in a medium or large bowl.

3. Add the olive oil,butter,minced garlic,herbs ,smoked paprika,salt and pepper to the chicken .With a spoon or spatula stir until thoroughly coated.Place wings in the refrigerator and marinate them for 3 hours or overnight.

4.Transfer wings to a foiled or parchment lined baking sheet .

5. Put chicken wings into the oven  and bake for 35-45 minutes.

6. Place chicken wings onto a serving dish .

Serve them with a rice ,potatoes or a salad.

Now you can eat & enjoy !!!

Simply Baked Stuffed Clams

Baked clams!!! I can’t believe I made some on my own from scratch.The other day I had a craving for stuffed clams .I almost made a B-line to the freezer section but instead headed over to the seafood counter .I picked up some little neck clams and my cooking juices were flowing.I was thinking how I was going to make it.It took some time but I figured it out.I learned you have use clams that can be use to make clam chowder  and use bread crumbs for the stuffing .I sorta figured that out already.

These baked clams are quick and easy to make.They are very delicious and you’ll be glad you made them.Great as an appetizers at the beginning of a seafood meal or maybe even the super bowl or at any event you prefer to have them at.

 

Ingredients:

1 LB Fresh  clams -scrubbed ,steamed and chopped or 1 can of clams

1-1/2 cups bread crumbs

5 tbsps butter-melted

2-1/2 tbsps fresh or bottled clam juice

2 tbsps chopped celery

2 tbsps chopped onions

1 clove of minced garlic

1 tsp dried or fresh parsley

1/2 tsp dried or fresh thyme

1/4 tsp black pepper

Pinch of salt -optional

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes- optional

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.Place the shells on the

2. In a large skillet melt butter on medium-low heat .

3. Add in the onions and garlic to the skillet .  Stir for 5-8 minutes or until the onions and garlic are translucent .

4.Put the chopped clams, bread crumb,herbs, spices and red pepper flakes  into a medium bowl,Mix until combined.

5.Now add onions and garlic and clam juice to the bread crumb mixture .Now stir.

6.Evenly spoon the mixture into the clam shells and bake for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Transfer the clams and to a serving dish and Enjoy !!