Although personally I prefer meaty, juicy chicken thighs or chicken legs, my family loves chicken wings (“it’s the perfect ratio of skin to meat,” they tell me), so I make them quite often.
Chicken wings are easy to bake in the oven, and they come out crisp and delicious. You can toss them in Buffalo sauce after baking (4 tablespoons melted butter mixed with 4 tablespoons hot pepper sauce), but that’s purely optional – they are perfect straight out of the oven. Click for the recipe
Crisp and golden, these delicious chicken patties are a huge hit with kids – and I have yet to meet a grownup who doesn’t like them! They make great use of leftover chicken breast. Extra yummy when served with a dip such as mustard, mayonnaise, or sour cream mixed with a little hot sauce. Click for the recipe
Pork belly strips (I get mine at Costco) are a delicacy. They are like very thick-cut bacon, and come from the same cut of pork (belly, obviously), but pork belly strips are fresh meat – uncured, not smoked, dried or salted.
Obviously an extremely fatty cut, they are suitable (and usually served at restaurants) as a first course, although I sometimes serve them as our main course for dinner, alongside a small green salad. If serving as first course, one thick strip per person, cut into bite-size pieces, is perfect. For a main course, I find that three strips are plenty.
Pork belly strips are delicious on their own, simply seasoned with salt and pepper. I like to use smoked paprika, which adds a delightful smoky flavor. You can also brush them with a mixture of soy sauce (2 tablespoons), honey (1 tablespoon) and garlic powder (1 teaspoon) prior to baking, for an Asian style dish, but I rarely bother. They truly are fabulous seasoned with just salt and pepper. Click for the recipe
Crisp, delicious skin and juicy, succulent meat- Who says chicken can’t be a delicacy? Many recipes will tell you to trim any excess skin from the thigh part. Me? I leave every bit of delicious skin on, spread any excess out on the pan, and it comes out super crispy and so, so good. Click for the recipe
If you need dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, make this broiled sesame chicken. It’s quick, easy, and delicious. Click for the recipe
Crushed pork rinds make a tasty, low-carb coating for pork chops. Serve these pork chops immediately and don’t plan on keeping leftovers – as they rest, accumulated juices can make the crust soggy (though I can say from experience that even when this happens, the pork chops are still delicious!). Click for the recipe
Baking cheeseburgers in the oven is so easy – no need to form the meat into patties, or to keep an eye on them as they fry or grill. And no grease splatters to clean up! The meat does tend to come out a bit drier, since some juices are lost while baking. Still, these baked cheeseburgers are delicious, and they are requested often by my family. Leftovers are wonderful the next day for breakfast or lunch – briefly warmed in the microwave, or even cold. Click for the recipe