let me start off by saying this: chives are so pretty!
look at those colors! and so versatile, they can be put on all kinds of savory stuff. the flower is also edible, so don’t throw it to the chickens… brian…
i am way into garden cooking right now. i’ve been using my lettuce, herbs and chives like crazy. i can’t wait until the rest of this stuff comes out of the ground. -carrots, beets, kale, spinach, and peppers are all just sprouting little leaves in the garden, and hopefully by mid-summer we will have a bounty. for now, we have lots of chives, and we are working on ways to gobble these beauties up!
i have a special place in my heart for sweet potatoes. -like, really special. -as in a few years ago i ate them every day and my skin turned a little yellow. it’s harmless. it was like an irish tan.
anyhow, i still eat them almost daily. it occurred to me, though, that i had never eaten them with sour cream. -i know, right?! well since we had so many chives in the garden and cultured sour cream in the refrigerator, i decided to be crazy for once and change-up my usual oven roasted sweet potatoes for grilled sweet potatoes with sour cream and chives.
gorgeous. these were beautiful. they taste amazing, they were easy, and they taste amazing. oh did i say that twice? good. i mean it. these things are crazy good. this was a great method to use, parboiling the potatoes ahead of time, then throwing them on the grill to finish and get smoky-sweet. this would also be an awesome dish to bring to a bbq, parboiling the potatoes at home, then taking them, ready to throw on the grill, all wrapped in foil and seasoned. -and don’t forget about throwing the foiled packages of potatoes into a campfire this summer. delicious.
sweet potatoes are the perfect companion to bbq chicken. i always make my bbq sauce from scratch. don’t even think about using a bottle of bbq sauce from walmart. just don’t.
try to time this meal so you can parboil the potatoes while the grill warms up., then throw them on the grill and finish them with the chicken.
1 1/4 cup of natural ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp date paste, maple syrup, brown sugar, or sweetener of your choice
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch of salt
1 or 2 tsp sriracha or hot sauce
method: dump all that stuff in a bowl and mix mix mix. come on, let’s get going here. those spices won’t dissolve on their own. taste it, add stuff as needed. let it set for a few minutes before using to let things gel together. the consistency will depend on what sweetener you choose, and also the brand of ketchup you use. i highly encourage you to add more or use less of the ingredients listed as you so wish. fool around with this recipe and make it yours!
this stuff keeps in the refrigerator for a long time… like, a year. trust me.
for the chicken:
6-12 drumsticks, however many you can gobble up
1 cup cold water
3 tbsp salt
2 tbsp sriracha
1 tbsp garlic powder
method: whisk all ingredients together until the salt dissolves, soak chicken for 1 hour and up to 6 hours in brine.
while grill is heating up, make bbq sauce and boil potatoes.
to cook chicken, coat grill grates with oil and cook on indirect heat for about 20-40 minutes, depending on your grill.
brush with bbq sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling.
smoky sweet potatoes
a few clean sweet potatoes
a big pot of boiling water
s & p
method: bring potatoes to a boil in a large pot of water for 20 minutes. set them on large pieces of foil, sprinkle with salt and pepper all over the place, then drizzle some oil in there.
wrap tightly in foil.
throw onto the grill while your other food cooks, about 20 minutes. remove from foil packet and set onto oiled grill for a few minutes to crisp and smoke skin. watch them to prevent burning. top halved potato with sour cream, chives, salt, and pepper.
don’t forget to make the table look nice!
go out to the yard and grab whatever your garden provides you with, stick it into a bottle, and call it a centerpiece. why let them waste away in the yard? we bring ours in and set them by the bedside.