Monday, October 5, 2009

Smoke Detector Cooking

I think I have another story for my next Disaster cookbook, should I write another one. I set off our smoke detector while making supper Sunday evening. Actually, the meal wasn't a disaster, it just sounded like the house was burning down. Of course, the alarm went off just as my husband was getting home from work. I raced to the door to tell him he didn't need to call 911.
It all started because I wanted some KFC grilled chicken. Unfortunately, the nearest KFC is at least a 45 minute drive and I didn't have a car on Sunday. Instead, I search the internet for a recipe. I found one on the Top Secret Recipes web site, but you have to pay 99 cents for it. Being the thrifty person I am (read that as cheap), I refused to buy it. By the way, that is a great web site for recipes, if you want to pay for them. After that I made several attempts to find a recipe that I liked, I searched for grilled, baked, roasted, but didn't find anything that really appealed to me.

After about 30 minutes of searching (I am persistent), I decided to develop my own recipe. Well duh, I should have thought of that in the first place. After taking the battery out of the smoke detector to keep it from screaming, the chicken came out pretty good. The problem was that I used too much olive oil. I forgot how bad it smokes when it gets hot. If you try the recipe, you'll have to determine the amount of ingredients to use, everything is pretty much "to taste."

Roasted Chicken

1 chicken, cut up into pieces
olive oil
Mrs. Dash Original flavor seasoning

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9" x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil. You can also use a broiling pan, if you don't want the chicken baking in the grease. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the pieces in the pan and brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash. Bake for 30 minutes and then turn over down to 350°. Do not turn chicken pieces over. Cook for an additional 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cover pan with aluminum foil until it is time to serve.


Kenzie Michaels said...

I have a Wolfgang Puck recipe which says to 'drizzle chicken with olive oil', but you only cook it for 20 minutes (450 degrees, I think; could only be 400). I've never had any smoke issues.

Yes, occassionally we'll have a 'smoke detector meal', but as I'm finally figuring out how to broil pork chops, they are fewer and far between:)

Marian Allen said...

LOL! You and me and Gracie Allen (no relation!) of Burns and Allen. She said she always put two roasts in the oven, a big one and a little one. When the little one burned, the big one was done.