Happy New Year from Zestybeandog and Co! Yard Birds with Agave Garlic Citrus Jalapeno Glaze, Black Eyed Peas, and Sun Dried Tomato Bread

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Happy 2012 to Everyone! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks but all is well in Zestybeandog Land! We have successfully had Christmas with both families, packed a 1,700 sqft house into a 10×20 storage unit, moved to Lago Vista from Austin to stay at Evan’s  parents home for the next 1-2 years while they’re in Singapore, unpacked some kitchen stuff, had a low key NYE celebration playing poker and enjoying drinks, and of course cooked up a great New Year’s Day meal for everyone. We are so grateful for our families for all of the amazing help we had… or we’d probably still be packing boxes! Here’s to new adventures and good times in 2012. I wish you all the best of everything not only for 2012 but for all the years to come. Cheers!

I’d also like to give a personal shout out to my fellow foodie bloggers: Five Reflections, Rufus’s Food and Spirits Guide, Simple Speedy Snacks, Twistedvines, Talinorfali, Bam’s Kitchen, Saffron and Honey, The Kale Chronicles, The Complete Cook Book, Coffee with Caroline,Pure and Complex, Sports Glutton, Charles with Five Euro Food, Tandy with Lavender and Lime, Sweet Caroline’s Cooking,Hotly Spiced, Edible Substance, Food Diary of a Picky Eater, Adesinsa’s Kitchen AND to all I may have missed, I’m still in a food coma 😉

Yard Birds with Glaze

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 3-4 hours

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 Whole chickens 4-4.5 lbs each
  • 1 C. Amber agave nectar
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 1 Jalapeno, minced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Clementine, juiced
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt, kosher
  • 1 tsp Green peppercorn, finely ground
  • Charcoal
  • Mesquite wood chips, soaked in water for 20 min
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Prep smoker, with about 10-12 lbs of charcoal and wood chips.
  2. Make glaze in small sauce pot. Mix all ingredients besides the chicken, and last 3 items on the list. Bring to a simmer and then cook on low for 5 min, stirring occasionally.
  3. Salt and pepper washed chickens, place on smoker and glaze every 30 min until chicken reached an internal temp of 165 F.

We paired this with a Brooklyn Lager 2, it was great!

Black Eyed Peas

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 3 hrs

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 22 oz Black eyed peas,  like Melissa’s
  • 5 Thick slices of bacon, cut up into chunks
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 Jalapeno, diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1.5 TBS Better than Bullion Paste
  • 5 C. Water
  • 2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 TBS. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook for 3 hrs on high.

Bread Recipes coming soon 🙂

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17 responses »

  1. What an awesome recipe and boy it sounds like you sure needed the lager to go with this dish. Lots of packing and activity in your house this week. Thanks for the mention and looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.

  2. Thanks for the lovely mention! Have an awesome 2012 filled with lots of love and laughter and enjoy the change of scenery for the next year or two. My hubby and I might be relocating again in the next 6 months or so for a contract in Namibia – all that after just settling in back at home after being in Mauritius for two and a half years – never a dull moment.
    🙂 Mandy

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