By Our Chef, Phillip Schaaf
For the last half decade, home cooking has been dominated by convenience. TV dinners, microwaves and boil in bag items have taken over because the amount of time and effort involved is miniscule compared to scratch cooking a full meal on a weeknight. The problem with most of these processed foods is that it is hard to trust and eat something that you just can’t pronounce.
We all want to cook from scratch, but some days there isn’t enough time. The hours can easily slip away from us and it is nice to have a quick and easy dinner solution that is crafted with ridiculously high standards and simple everyday ingredients. Grass Roots has partnered with Moore’s Marinades and Sauces to deliver a product that delivers maximum flavor and convenience that you can trust is free from any unnecessary ingredients or preservatives.
The result of this partnership is the marinated chicken drumstick, available on the new Grass Roots Farmers Cooperative website. The Zesty Garden marinade adds a kick of cider vinegar along with a well balanced blend of herbs and spices. It is a perfect pairing for chicken, fish or pork chops. The Grass Roots drumsticks take the marinade very well. They come out of the package perfectly seasoned and ready to cook. There is no need for any added salt. Just pick your favorite cooking technique and get to it.
Just preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the marinated drums on a roasting rack positioned on a sheet pan and roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the meat reads 165 degrees. Be sure that the thermometer is away from the bone to ensure accuracy in the temperature.
Ready the grill with coals, or if using a gas grill preheat it for 15-20 minutes. Place the drumsticks on the grill and cook, turning every few minutes to cook evenly. If the skin reaches the desired color and crispness before the meat is fully cooked, move the chicken drums to one side and the coals to another and finish the chicken with indirect heat. Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees.
These marinated drums will work for several different applications and they will pair well with a wide variety of side dishes. Roast or grill your favorite vegetables, rice some cauliflower or mash some potatoes and get ready for a simple and delicious meal in just minutes.