Rustic Roasted Leg Quarters and Green Beans with Tomatoes and Chilies.

We seriously love leg quarters in this house and this recipe is the absolute best. The skin is so flavorful and crispy yet the meat is moist and tender. PERFECT! I have even started using the same seasoning blend for other chicken recipes. I served the chicken with green beans and shells and cheese for a simple meal! I found this recipe here: Rustic Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3 or 4 leg quarters
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and lay on a rack in a large roasting pan. Salt & pepper to your taste.
-In a small bowl, whisk together seasonings and olive oil.
-Liberally brush marinade over each piece.
-Bake for 70 minutes or until 165 degrees.
-Baste with pan drippings halfway through cooking time & again before serving.

 

Green Beans with Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies

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Ingredients:

  • 12-16 ozs. whole green beans ( I honestly just grab a few handfuls from the bag so this is a guess!)
  • 1 10 oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, do not drain.
  • 1/2 cup water

-Bring the water to a boil in saucepan. Then add the green beans.
-Pour entire contents of can on top of beans. No need to stir, just let them sit on top.
-Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.
-Drain the cooking liquid before serving

Note: I have a huge Costco bag of frozen green beans so that’s what I used for this recipe. I’m sure you can use fresh green beans, just adjust the cooking time. I will be trying this when my green beans are ready from my garden.

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Fried Catfish and Sweet Potato Fries

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There is nothing better than fried catfish. I don’t even know how to follow-up that sentence, nothing more needs to be said on the matter! I have never needed to make my own fish batter either. Weisenberger is a local product here in Kentucky and it’s amazing. I sometimes add a couple teaspoons of seasoning but it’s delicious without it as well. I always serve it with lemon slices and hot sauce (for me). I have a serious hot sauce addiction!

Tonight’s side dish was Sweet Potato Fries. I wanted to do something different and found this recipe on Pinterest. They didn’t crisp up as much as I expected but yummy nonetheless.

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Catfish

Ingredients:

2 catfish filets, rinse and pat dry with paper towel
1 pkg Weisenberger Fish Batter Mix
1 tsp Old Bay (optional)
1 egg
2 tbsps water


-Make egg wash by whisking together 2 tbsps of water and an egg. Make sure the bowl is big enough to dip the catfish into.

-Mix seasoning and fish batter in a medium-sized, shallow dish.

-Add vegetable oil to large skillet and heat over medium high heat.

-Once oil is heated, dip catfish in egg then batter, and carefully drop into skillet. Repeat with second filet.

-Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the batter is a medium brown color. Try to only flip once or twice.

-Remove from skillet onto a paper towel lined plate.

 

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Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

2 lbs sweet potatoes
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsps olive oil


-Preheat oven to 450 & line baking sheet with parchment paper.

-Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/4 inch fries. Add to large bowl.

-In a small bowl, mix oil and seasonings. Pour mixture over potatoes and stir until coated.

-Spread fries onto baking sheet, in a single layer & bake for 30 minutes, turning occasionally.

Sauteed Green Beans

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This is one of my favorite ways to prepare green beans. So simple! Plus I’m the only vegetable lover in our household so I will try anything to trick my family into eating their veggies! You can use fresh or frozen green beans, I’ve tried it both ways. I personally prefer how the frozen green beans cook up. Just dump them in the pan from the bag, no need to thaw out. DELICIOUS!!!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz bag of frozen whole green beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt & pepper to taste

-Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat and add green beans.

-Using tongs, toss in oil until all ice is gone. Cover with lid.

-Cook until the green beans start to soften (approx. 5-7 minutes), stirring occasionally.

-Add garlic and continue cooking for 1-2 more minutes or until garlic starts to brown.

-Season with salt & pepper then transfer to plate with paper towel to drain excess grease.

Note: Sometimes I add onions to spruce it up. To do so just add sliced onions to skillet first and cook for a couple of minutes before adding beans.

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