For my first recipe, courtesy of Southern Living, I present :Mu Shu Chicken Wraps! I love Chinese food. Except I am kind of a snob about it... I get nervous because you never know if they add MSG or not. I digress. Mu Shu Chicken, kids love it and you get to be a rock star because it is very tastey and you made it. This also makes for a great party appetizer. The recipe calls for deboned chicken thighs (which are very cheap, by the way), but I use chicken breasts because I am a funny about my chicken. Actually I am funny about a lot of things, but that is beside the point.
2 lbs deboned chicken thighs ( I use two big chicken breasts)
1 medium onion (diced)
2T soy sauce
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 T sesame oil
1T rice wine (not really wine)
2 t. ground ginger
green onions (sliced/chopped/what have you)
flour tortillas (I use whole wheat sometimes)
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and then brown in pan w/ olive oil on stove. Place onion in bottom of crock pot. Put chicken on top of onion. Mix together soy sauce and next five ingredients and pour over top of chicken. Cover and cook on high for one hour and then turn to low and cook for five more hours. Shred chicken in crockpot and stir to combine chicken and sauce. Scoop chicken onto tortilla top with shredded cabbage and green onions and roll up. You can wrap rolls in wax paper or parchment paper if you want to be really fancy. We are actually having this for dinner tonight so I will post pictures tonight so you can see the finished product. It's delicious!
My second recipe is BOILED PEANUTS. Have you ever had them? They are huge in the south. Here it is pronounced "Bowl-d p-nuts" You can drive through towns and see handpainted signs in front of gas stations that say just that. Or it might just say "P-NUTS". THey are usually cooked outside over open flame in a giant pot. But that takes forever (12+ hours) and you kind of have to watch it constantly and that takes to long and I don't have time for that business. So I do mine in a crockpot!
Delicious, precious boiled peanut
I know that one cup of salt sounds like a whole lot, but it makes a lot of peanuts and I think it might actually be less salt than potato chips. And it's pure protein. Make sure to use sea salt though, for some reason regular salt isn't as tasty.
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