GAME DAY BITES #JERK CHICKEN WINGS #I’M GAMED!!

On this day (Super Bowl 50), while the Panthers play the Broncos, kitchens around Unites States of America will be feasting on a number of bites. One of the favorites is chicken wings. It is said that approximately 1.3 billion or 162.5 million pounds will be consumed. Now, that’s a whole ‘lotta’ wings.

I’ve decided to join in and add my few to the total. Buffalo wings are very popular; however, I’ve gone with my favorite style, Jamaican jerk wings. Yeah mon! By the way, Super Bowl is also huge on the island.

Served my spicy ‘bad boys’ with refreshing sticks of celery. I even got a bit messy and further temper my wings with the tart/sweet ketchup.

JERK CHICKEN WINGS WITH STICKS OF CELERY
JERK CHICKEN WINGS WITH STICKS OF CELERY

A serving  of roasted sweet potatoes brought a delicious contrast. These sweet delights were first cut in halves and drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with powered cinnamon and ginger. Then they were  roasted on a high of 420 degrees fahrenheit for approximately 45 minutes. They were then topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES TOPPED WITH SOUR CREAM AND A SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON
ROASTED SWEET POTATOES TOPPED WITH SOUR CREAM AND A SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON

Frankly, I’m looking forward to the Half-time show and of the ads while I nibble on my ‘bites’. But, may the better team win. Go Broncos!! Go Panthers!!

 

 

 

A SWEET MANGO SALSA TO TEMPER MY SPICY THIGHS ##GRILLED JERK THIGHS AND MANGO SALSA

I guess island life was on my mind when I embarked on cooking supper earlier on. I’m not a huge lover of mango; however, I do like same in a salsa or drink. I got this golden/yellow one that I placed in the refrigerator to stop the ripening process. Having a few ingredients on hand like jalapeno, tomatoes, limes, avocado, etc., I decided to make me a mango salsa my style.

MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR MANGO SALSA
MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR MANGO SALSA

With a little dicing and cutting, I assembled my ‘sunshine’ in a margarita glass. This was placed in refrigerator for chilling.

MANGO SALSA
MANGO SALSA

Chicken thighs were marinated overnight with a drizzle of canola oil so as to hold seasoning. Then salt, black pepper, grated onion, crushed garlic, thyme, and of course jerk sauce were added. marinated chicken thighs were brought to room temperature. Then, thighs were dried with paper towel and brushed with olive oil. On hot grill over medium to high heat, thighs were grilled for approximately five minutes per side so as to seal in flavors and visible marks.

GRILLED CHICKEN THIGHS READY FOR ROASTING
GRILLED CHICKEN THIGHS READY FOR ROASTING

After brushing chicken with a blend of jerk sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, this was placed in oven at 390 degrees for roasting for another thirty minutes.

Grilled jerk chicken thighs were served with roasted sweet potato wedges along with mango salsa. The combination was quite spectacular. The flavors were huge. The ingredients in the salsa yielded a  sweet, tart, slight spicy finish. And of course, the sweet and crispy sweet potatoes wedges provided a sweet counter-balance to the spicy jerk chicken.

FINISH DISH OF GRILLED JERK CHICKEN THIGHS, MANGO SALSA AND SWEET POTATO WEDGES
FINISHED DISH OF GRILLED JERK CHICKEN THIGHS WITH EXTRA SAUCE, MANGO SALSA AND SWEET POTATO WEDGES

Guys, I was in Jamaican heaven! Yeah mon!