Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Saturday Night

So it's Saturday night and you and a few friends have decided to chill at your place and watch movies and drink. So you are thinking should I order in a couple pies or perhaps chinese? Well I am here to give you a couple hints that could save you money and gain great reviews from your peers.

Lets start off with the prep this will save you some time.

Lets start by making some;

Honey BBQ wings with a back note of heat:

Get a one pound bag of wings and a large baking sheet or catering pan. Preheat oven to 350.
Place the chicken in the pan and prep, you will need the following:

1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
4 tbsp of sea salt
2 tbsp lemon pepper

Bake for 35 - 45 minutes covered.

Now for the honey BBQ sauce with a kick:

Your favorite BBQ sauce half of a bottle in a sauce pan add the following:

1 tbsp lemon pepper
3 tbsp honey
4 tbsp hot sauce (red hot or Louisiana)
2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh minced onion
2 tbsp brown sugar

Let simmer for about 30 minutes to infuse all flavors. Once the chicken is done take half of the sauce and cover the chicken evenly in it and place back in the oven uncovered for 10 minutes.

The remaining sauce is used as a condiment.

Tuna Mac Salad:

You will need the following for this light and refreshing salad:

2 cans of Albacore tuna drained
3 stalks of celery finely chopped
3 tbsp sweet relish
1/3 cup of mayo
2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tbsp sea salt
1 box of macaroni pasta

Boil water add salt and cook pasta until it is soft but still has a bite. Drain and place in a large bowl let cool. Mix the above ingredients together and then add to the cooled pasta. Chill and serve garnish with fresh parsley.

These two items will be a hit at your next Saturday night gathering and are fast and easy with little prep work. Try this with a few beers or a cocktail. Add a tsp of grenadine to a corona and it enhances the flavor like you won't believe.

Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas or just a question leave a comment and I will make sure and answer that on my next blog.

Happy cooking.....