Cooking for family get-togethers can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time. I hate to admit it, but my competitive spirit tends to get the best of me when I’m planning the dish or dishes I’m going to take. I want something that everyone will love, which is not only tasty, but also attractive, memorable and has a flair.
I’ve spent hours planning dishes to dazzle—and I’ve got to admit—outdo my cousin, who also could be classified as a competitive cooker. I know she must spend just as many hours finding the right recipe to create.
Even though I’m competitive, I’m also a problem solver when it comes to cooking. The last family gathering had dishes that were outrageously delicious, but rather hard for the kids to eat. Each child was marinated thoroughly after he or she finished the meat on the plate, since we’re all big on sauces and marinades to add magic to the main courses.
I found a few recipes that would dazzle the grown-ups, but kept the problem creating kid-friendly meals in the back of my mind. When scanning the internet, I saw the perfect solution, chicken lollipops! They were cute, child friendly and even had their own grip that would keep little hands cleaner.
The cooking part was easy, preparing the chicken drumettes for cooking was the tough part. I used my kitchen knife or scissors to help with the job, cutting the skin and tough tendons around the base of each, then pushing the meat toward the end. It made the drumette look just like a lollipop. Removing the knuckle wasn’t easy either, but well worth it when you saw how cute the final product looked.
I wrapped the “stick” end in tin foil for serving and it created the perfect handle for the kids with far less dripping and sticky fingers. The only problem I had with these darling additions to the meal is that I didn’t make nearly enough. All the adults wanted some too! The marinade made them moist and tasty and the tinfoil stick made them easy to eat. My cousin was so jealous and I smiled inside, victoriously.