I didn't have time to post my last recipe in the challenge until now. Day 4 was a BBQ sauce recipe I came across. I have no idea where it came from, I found a copy I had printed or someone had given me. We eat a lot of chicken, and it is always nice to have a dish you can count on. The sauce was very easy.
Combine all of the following in a saucepan over medium heat:
- 1/2 cup chopped onions, sauted briefly to soften (this was my addition to the recipe, the original did not call for sauteeing the onions first. I prefer the cooked onion flavor)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. I wouldn't skimp on this part - it really needed the 15 minutes to get the best flavor. Then I just poured the sauce over a batch of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I usually eat the boneless breasts, but we did not have them in. Bake in the preheated oven until done and the juices run clear. This would be even better on the grill, but I didn't have the time to stand outside and watch it.
I served it with just mixed vegatables, pretty ho-hum but I had them in the freezer, and my best fried onions-and-potatoes.
For my potatoes, I used three large baking potatoes, and microwaved them for 5 minutes after piercing the skins with a fork. This makes for a much faster side dish. While they are microwaving, I chop onions, and start them in a frying pan in some olive oil. After 5 minutes in the mircowave, the potatoes are almost fully cooked. Remove the skins if you like (I prefer them on but hubby does not), and chop into bite size pieces. Add to the onions, and let them brown a bit before turning. Stir periodically.
After about 10 minutes (and here is the part that makes them so yummy), add some chunks of butter to the bottom of the frying pan, and allow that to melt. Then mix the butter into the potatoes, and let them sit again. A few minutes later, add a few more chunks of butter (think Paula Deen) and wait for it to melt and mix again. Add some salt and pepper to taste. By now, parts of the potatoes and onions have gotten nice and crusty and brown.
Good comfort food. The BBQ sauce tasted good mixed into everything.