Korean Chicken Drumsticks and Smashed Potatoes

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In an effort to eat better quality meat, we have slowly decreased our weekly meat consumption. Because quality, is not cheap. This probably is best for everyone involved. For us, that means more tofu and greens. For the animals, it hopefully means a better quality life.

When I was shopping for organic chicken a few weeks ago, I can across a package of drumsticks. Somehow, I never really think of buying just drumsticks, but the price was right, and I thought, why not? Surely, I'll figure out something to do with them. And I did. I decided to make them Korean.

I'm sure there are great recipes out there for Korean-style chicken, but I made this one up, using the Korean favorites -- pepper paste, pepper flakes, sesame oil, soy sauce, scallions and sesame seeds. I combined these ingredients together, tasting and adjusting along the way, coated my drumsticks with the marinade, then left them to hang in the fridge for several hours.

I baked the chicken at 350 degrees for about an hour. So, the verdict? The marinade was delicious. Spicy, but well-balanced. However, the husband and I both agreed these would have probably been tastier on the grill. Drumsticks will be back on the menu soon, and I'll report back.

Now for the potatoes, I saw this recipe in some magazine I can't recall, and thought, that seems dumb! Why boil and bake? But, when I came across these perfect little Yukon gold potatoes, another why not arose. First, I boiled my potatoes for about 20 minutes, until they were cooked, but still firm. Then I transferred them to a cookie sheet, smashed each potato with a fork, drizzled them with olive oil, sprinkled them with fancy soy sauce salt and pepper, and popped the injured-looking potatoes in the oven at 350, for about 20-25 minutes. And, they were amazing. Crispy, creamy and a perfect accompaniment to the chicken. Who knew? I guess I did, that's why I made the dinner. But, I wasn't like 100% sure.

1 comment:

  1. Good recipe here, and the recipe is new recipe also. I will definitely try this recipe in my home.