Monday, August 6, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Australia

Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg's footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.
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barbecue chicken and smashed potatoes from Australia
I have a friend from church who moved to Australia and she writes about their life there.  One of the things I noticed is a lot of cook outs and barbecues.  This works well with my cooking and eating style, so barbecue it was.  I did a quick search and found a recipe for barbecue chicken and smashed potatoes, and then proceeded to completely ignore their recipes.

Barbecue Chicken
Are you ready?  This is super simple.  Defrost about 6 or so chicken breasts in a ziploc bag.  Pour in a bottle of barbecue sauce and a half cup or so of honey.  Let marinate for a while.  Start the grill and grill those babies.  Super hard, I know.

Smashed Potatoes
Does anyone else call their mashed potatoes smushed potatoes?  I do because it amuses me.

several small potatoes (I like the red ones)
salt, garlic, other topping type of things
cooking smashed potatoescooking smashed potatoes
1.  Wash your potatoes and put them in a pan filled with water.  Boil for about 20 minutes or so, until the potatoes are fork tender.  I did not cook mine long enough because I was hungry.  So make sure it’s fairly tender.  Preheat oven to 250.

taste testing smashed potatoes
2.  Smush the potatoes with a potato masher.  This is where I had undercooked it a little, so they didn’t smoosh too well.  More of tried to roll away or fly away and hit unaware people in the face.  Make sure to try any random pieces that fall off and say “Mmmmmm potato.”

3.  Add the butter, garlic powder, salt, whatever toppings you’re putting on.  Cook for 15-20 minutes.  Ours were a hair under done because of my earlier mistake, but the chicken was ready and I was HUNGRY!

4.  After you take them out sprinkle some parmesan cheese on.  Yummy.

can you fit a potato in your mouth?
5.  Eat.  My boys would say bonus points for stuffing the entire potato or chicken into your mouth.

reading Misty of Chincoteague
Maybe enjoy some dinnertime reading as you eat.  By the end of the meal there was nothing left.  Superman ate 3 potatoes and 2 small chicken breasts.  Batman ate 2 potatoes and all of his chicken.  Princess ate large amounts of meat.  At the end of the meal they were scavenging and stealing from other people’s plates.

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