Leg of Lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze

Leg of Lamb

Asian Style Leg of Lamb

This Leg of Lamb recipe is phenomenal and I’m not just saying that.  It’s got all of the flare and Sweet flavor that any Lamb recipe should have.  It’s succulent, tender and it’s got a nice caramelized glaze that just can’t be denied.  Some could argue that it’s Asian influence makes this a Hawaiian recipe but I didn’t consult any Asian or Hawaiian recipes before I put this together.  Though, I do have plenty of experience with the majority of these ingredients, the variety, I think will shock you.

Leg of Lamb

4 to 6 lbs Leg of Lamb

The secret to a great leg of lamb lies in the combination of a balanced flavor with a tender, slow and low roast.  How is this achieved?  Well, I’ve learned that beef is generally more pleasant to eat because of the saturated fats.  Lamb, however, has unsaturated fats that oxidize, giving it a stronger gamy taste that can tend to be a bit overwhelming.  Mustard and Vinegar can be applied to neutralize the process and minimize the unpleasant taste.  In this recipe, I’ve chosen to use Wasabi and it really does the trick.  And, you don’t have to be afraid of using it either.  Wasabi has a mixture of cabbages, horseradish and mustard that really evens out the flavor and there’s no unbearable heat either.  In fact there is no spiciness left in the meat, whatsoever.  And after the Sweet Chili Glaze caramelizes, you’ve got yourself one helluva Leg of Lamb!

Be sure to check out my Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb, my Grilled Lamb chops with Pesto or my pan seared and baked Rack of Lamb with Aju.

Leg of Lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze Ingredients:

1 Leg of Lamb, 4-6 lbs.

4 Garlic Cloves
1.5 oz Wasabi Paste
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Anchovy Paste

Glaze
2 tbsp Garlic Bean Sauce
2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
4 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce

Garnish
2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped
1/4 cup Pineapple, diced
1/4 cup Mango, diced

Follow the instructions in the Leg of lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this recipe.

Pork Chorizo – How to make Chorizo from Scratch

Pork Chorizo

The Best Pork Chorizo

This Pork Chorizo recipe is excellent and on point.  It’s got everything you want in a great Chorizo and it’s fun and easy to make.  In this post and video tutorial, I show you how to make sausage stuffed in hog casings and I give you the option of making sausage links that you can grill or make a real pasty Chorizo that you can combine with Eggs for breakfast, homemade Chili or some amazing burritos like this Chimichanga recipe.

Pork Chorizo

Making Pork Chorizo From Scratch

You’re going to need a good Pork Roast and either Pork Belly Fat or Fat Back.  I use 3 parts, a 2 to 1 ratio; 2 parts Pork to 1 part fat.  I cut everything down into portions that will fit through my meat grinder and then mix in all of my other ingredients.  From there it’s like clock work, stuffing the hog casings and twisting links.  Now there are some alternatives to this recipe that I’d like to mention.  If you don’t want to make sausage links you can twist the sausage up in saran wrap and I show you how to do that in my Italian Sausage video found HERE.

If you want a pasty Pork Chorizo, you’re going to want to make my homemade Enchilada Sauce and add it to this recipe.  There’s nothing else like it.  My recipe is thick and pure, so you’ll want to check it out before you decide to add your own or resort to a canned product.

If you’re interested in more recipes that use a kitchen aide to stuff hog casings, you should take a look at my Cajun Boudin recipe.

Pork Chorizo Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Shoulder/Butt, ground
1 lbs Pork Belly Fat or Fat Back, ground

3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 tbsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/4 cup Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Corn Syrup or Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Chili flakes
1 1/2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Lard or Shortening

1 cup Enchilada Sauce, optional (CLICK HERE)

Follow the directions in my Pork Chorizo video tutorial and I’ll show you how easy this recipe is to make.

Crisp Chicken Burritos – Taco Time Style Chimichanga

Crisp Chicken Burritos

Taco Time Crisp Chicken Burritos

If you’ve never had fried Crisp Chicken Burritos, you’re really missing out.  Most folks would just call these Chicken Chimichanga’s, and they wouldn’t be wrong either, but Taco Time likes to call them Crisp Burrito’s.  I filmed and posted Taco Time’s Fried Crisp Bean Burrito recipe a while back, which is their original recipe, and those are phenomenal but they introduced these a few years later, with their beef recipe, and they quickly became one of my new favorite burritos.  I order these every time I hit the drive through.  You can make the Beef Crisp Burritos, using this same concept, by referring to my Chili No Beans recipe, if you’re interested.

Crisp Chicken Burritos

Crisp Chicken Burritos Filling

The filling recipe for these Crisp Chicken Burritos is very simple and easy to make.  It consists of four parts; cooked ground chicken, chopped onion, chopped green chili’s and cream cheese.  Technically you could get away with using canned chicken, if you want to make it even easier, but I find that cooking my own chicken tastes better and it reduces the sodium content drastically.  Now all you have to do is salt and pepper to taste.

Crisp Chicken Burritos

Frying Crisp Chicken Burritos

The secret to Frying an open end Crisp Chicken Burrito is simple.  Place about 4 ounces of the chicken and cream cheese mix in the center of a flour tortilla and spread it thin in the middle, leaving about a half inch of space on each end of the tortilla.  Rolling the burrito tight is very important and sealing the end of the tortilla with a flour paste will insure that the burrito won’t unroll or unravel while frying.  I can use a tooth pic to keep them together, if you prefer, but this is the professional way to do it.

Crisp Chicken Burritos Ingredients:

16 Flour Tortillas

2 lbs Ground Chicken, Breast, Thighs or both
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Onion, chopped
4 oz Green Chilies, chopped
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika, (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Flour Paste
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup of water

Oil for frying

Follow the directions in my Crisp Chicken Burritos video tutorial and deep fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.