Colorful Russian sauerkraut is a blend of many flavors with more ingredients than the basic sauerkraut recipe. It is well worth the extra prep time and ingredients! This is a fermented healing food which it is good for digestion. It is rich in natural probiotics and enzymes. My favorite way of making sauerkraut is to have a “kraut party” and invite a few friends over to chop up the vegetables. We all have Harsch crocks so we make 6-7 times more than just doing a quart here and there. The crock ferments for 6 weeks so the flavors are magnificent.
This is an easy, delicious chicken recipe whether you smoke or bake it. Enjoy the delicious mix of herbs which anyone will enjoy. The chicken thighs are inexpensive and very easy to meat providing a tender, succulent result.
Mix spices and herbs well. Season all surfaces of the thighs, including the skin, using all of the herb mixture. Allow the thighs to rest for at least one hour before gas grill smoking.
Place the thighs in the grill, and smoke at 225 to 250 degrees. After one hour, turn and rearrange the thighs, and be sure hopper is full of wood. Smoke for another 2 hours. Check the temperature of the thighs after two hours…thighs are done at 180 degrees. Continue smoking until the thighs are well cooked. It will take from two to five hours, depending on the grill temperature, weather conditions, and size of the chicken thighs.
Brush a little olive oil on the hot smoked chicken thighs a few times while smoking.
Note: If you do not want to smoke the chicken thighs, bake in the oven at 325 degrees for an hour or until the chicken internal temperature is 180 degrees.
This is a great dish to take for potluck, it’s light and fresh. This zesty salad or appetizer includes no-cook shrimp combining summer ingredients, such as mangoes and avocados with a light cilantro dressing. Few can resist the combo of shrimp, lime, avocado, mango, lime, and cilantro. Don’t wait to try this super easy dish.
I created this recipe because I came home from the farmers market with a huge basket of veggies and needed to prepare them. This is an amazing recipe which can be adapted in many ways. This is the basic recipe template, so for an Asian version I substitute walnut oil with sesame oil, omit the sunflower seeds and add 2 T. black sesame seeds, and switch the white wine vinegar to unseasoned white rice vinegar. It is awesome! Another absolutely fantastic version is to use walnut oil and substitute in Sicilian lemon balsamic vinegar. I have to say this is my favorite, but you may not have Sicilian lemon vinegar in pantry, but I would strongly suggest purchasing it online. I love to use all sorts of balsamic vinegars to attract different flavors, basically mix and match oils and vinegars. You really can’t go wrong.