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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Family Recipes

I am going to share two of my favorite recipes that are super easy to prepare, easy on the bank account, and always a hit for our family and guests. Both use similar ingredients which is why I will post them together. The first one I have made several different times usually on New Year's Eve or a big football game day. It is a brisket recipe that was originally given to us by my Aunt Jamie, who will always be in my heart and both as a mom and an Aunt I think of her often hoping that I can be as incredible as her.

  • Brisket
  • 1 Beer
  • 1 packet of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 jar of Hunt's Chili Sauce( I had no idea what this was until I made this recipe, it looks just like a bottle of Ketchup and is found in the same aisle of the grocery store as ketchup, but is usually kept near the Tabasco products)
Pour ingredients over brisket in a large baking dish and bake in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes on each side uncovered to sear the meat. Then lower temperature of the oven to 350 and cover, bake for 1 hour on each side.

The second recipe is just as simple, for a slow roasted whole chicken. I have made many versions of roasted chicken before, and I think this is my favorite. I cooked this one tonight, because I had the stuff left over from the brisket and a whole chicken in my freezer. If I had to add anything to it I might consider stuffing it with limes or some sort of citrus, but it was awesome as is.

  • Chicken
  • 1/2 Beer
  • 1 packet of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
  • Olive Oil

In a dutch oven pour half a bottle of beer and place your whole chicken. Rub olive oil over the skin and sprinkle soup mix. Cover and bake at 350 for 2-3 hours, uncover and bake for another 10-15 minutes to let skin crisp.

Ok so I didn't actually take these pics, I didn't think to do that because I didn't realize I would be blogging about them until after I ate a plate of this tasty chicken. These pics were actually found on the web, and they were the closest in appearance to what mine turned out like... my chicken was a little more golden than this one because I took the lid off to let it crisp a little. Both of these recipes were so tender and fragrant, and required little effort on my part, which I love as a busy Mommy who's husband works late nights, so I thought I'd share.

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