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  • Braised Chicken Drumsticks with Pears

    I'm a big fan of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  However, my family loves chicken on the bone.  When my 6 year old saw that we were having chicken drumsticks for dinner, she was so excited she started to dance in her seat.  Not kidding.  Me, on the other hand, not as happy, sat quietly facing my plate.

    We just got fresh Apple Cider at them market, so I decided to look for a new recipe to try.  Last year I made this.  I found this recipe in last year's Eating Well December issue.  This recipe called for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but all I had defrosted at the time was the drumsticks.



    Braised Chicken Drumsticks with Pears
    Author: Xiomara Meeks
    Cook time:
    Total time:
    Recipe adapted from Eating Well December 2011 Issue.
    • 8 chicken drumsticks
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 tsp canola oil, divided
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
    • 1 medium, purple onion, coarsely chopped
    • 1 cup Apple Cider
    • 2 medium, potatoes, chopped
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 4 firm, ripe pears, peel and cube (I used Bosc, but you can use Anjou or Comice)
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tbsp fresh thyme)
    1. Dredge the drumsticks to coat well on all sides, shaking off excess. Reserve unused flour.
    2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Add more oil to the pot and brown the rest of the chicken. Set aside.
    3. While the chicken is cooking mix the pears with lemon juice and thyme. Set aside.
    4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add oil, and onions. Stir until golden brown for about 3 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of flour and stir 1 more minute. Gradually add apple cider and stir until thickened for about 2 minutes.
    5. Add pears, potatoes and drumsticks back in the dutch oven, cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for about 15-20 minutes.

    This recipe was definitively a crowd-pleaser at our home.  The girls really enjoyed eating the drumstick cave man style, and I got them to eat pears!   That's what I call a Win-Win.  Enjoy!

  • 100% Fresh Pressed Apple Cider from PA available now...

    For the past month, I've been pestering asking my husband for apple cider.  You see, eight years ago, we visited Connecticut in the fall for our friends' wedding.  While we were visiting, we ventured to a local apple orchard and had the best apple cider ever.  This was our first time at an apple orchard.  Needless to say, we came back home with a ton of apples!


    Now every October, when our friends celebrate their wedding anniversary I also remember our visit to the apple orchard and that wonderful apple cider.  Our new apple guy has been bringing us some amazingly fresh apples from Pennsylvania.  As luck would have it, he was able to get us some of this wonderfully fresh 100% pressed apple cider.


    100% fresh pressed Apple Cider from Country Acres, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.


    Have you ever cooked with apple cider? Me neither.  Until I found this recipe from Rachel Ray.  The recipe calls for making your own apple sauce.  I skipped that step.  Instead, I just used two small containers of already made apple sauce.  I warmed it up with minced ginger and sprinkled it with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste.  Rachel Ray's recipe calls for apple juice to deglaze the pan.  I chose our apple cider instead! And of course, I used our Troyer real butter.  Instead of salt and pepper, I used our Everglades Seasoning.


    I served the apple sauce on the side for dipping, and pour the pan sauce over the pork chop.   I've never been a real fan of the pork and apple sauce combination until now.  The pan sauce was delicious.  It was salty and sweet and very flavorful.  The mixture of real butter and fresh apple cider in the pan sauce made our dinner taste kinda like apple pie!  But in a good way.  A very savory apple pie.

    P.S. In case you are wondering, the salad is from ABC Pizza.  They make a great Greek salad. ;)


    Have you ever cooked dinner with apple juice or cider?


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