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On the theory of leftovers

July 26th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve been wanting to write this entry for about week now, but last Sunday we had a small BBQ. I slow cooked on indirect heat some chicken leg quarters and then grilled some boneless skinless chicken breasts towards the end of the BBQ. Chicken leg quarters were on sale for $0.49 lb. for a 10 lb bag, not too shabby a deal, and I always like a good deal! I used my “Finger Lickin’ Rub” spice mix and marinated the leg quarters and breasts overnight before stoking up the lump charcoal on the pit. The leg quarters were positioned to the opposite side of the grill from the hot coals and allowed to bake and smoke in the 300 to 325 degree pit for 2 hours, then the breasts were placed over the coals for about 20-25 minutes until grilled through.

I also did some corn on the cob with the husks still on, but the corn silks removed. I’ll pull back the husks to remove the silks then I brushed on some melted butter and then sprinkled on some garlic salt and black pepper, then pulled the husks back over the cob and wrapped them individually in foil and placed them on the upper rack of the pit. I rotated them from the area over the coals every 15-20 minutes or so for about an hour and a half, then transferred them to a warm 170 degree oven to hold until dinner time. The dinner was great, we even had a surprise visit from my in-laws and they really enjoyed the respite from driving 1,200 miles in two days from a leg of their vacation from Fargo, ND. I also made a batch of potato salad to go along with the chicken and corn.

Oh, did I say leftovers? On Wednesday I made a cold chicken salad with the leftover chicken breasts and it was some good too! Leftovers are great when you can take one item and turn it into something new. For example, have you ever had leftover macaroni and cheese? Turn that leftover into a great Chili Mac! Or how about leftover Crawfish Etoufee? Turn that leftover into Crawfish Pies! Or what about leftover spaghetti? Turn that leftover into a Meatball Sandwich! The idea is to turn a leftover into a completely different dish, that way you won’t get bored with the same ole leftovers!

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