Hmm. I’m starting to get kind of bummed here. I really, REALLY wanted this cook book to be amazing. I mean, it’s from a blogger so I kind of love her already & she has a witty sense of humor in the cookbook which keeps it fun but we’re now 0-2 for actual recipe results. No bueno.
Applesauce chicken was OK. I was so excited going in because it combined applesauce, onions, garlic, cinnamon, red pepper flakes…I mean, how could that NOT be good?!
But it wasn’t. It was eh. It was bland.
Which is shocking when you consider all those yummy ingredients simmering away for 7 hours. They only thing that saved us from another night of take-out was my beer & brown sugar carrots. I made them as a side dish and luckily they come with a lot of sauce which flavored up the applesauce chicken perfectly.
Beer & Brown Sugar Carrots (courtesy of Nana Samster Mommy)
1 pckg baby carrots, 1/2 cu brown sugar, 3/4 bottle of beer, s & p to taste
Over medium heat sautee carrots with a bit of butter for 3-4 minutes to give them a jump start. Pour in beer, drink remaining beer. Add sugar, s & p and 1 tbs butter. Continue to simmer/boil over heat until the liquid reduces to a caramelized sauce. It’ll take about 10-15 min so don’t worry, just keep stiring occasionally and before you know it you’re liquid will turn into into a yummy glaze.
Will I make this recipe again? Probably not. Although I do think a handful or two of raisins might have helped.
Good news? These two bummer recipes have given me a great idea for blog posts! I’m going to call it “recipe review” and the basic idea is I’ll buy a cookbook that looks good, cook from it for a solid week and then give a review as to whether or not it’s worth you purchasing. You like?
I’m making coq au vin tonight from slow & easy so I’ve still got hope. Tomorrow I’ll give you the finally review- thumbs up or thumbs down.