Growing up an only child gives you a different perspective for the two days honoring your mother and father. These two people were not only my parents but also my trusted confidants, my best friends, my brothers, my sisters, my…..everything.
A few weeks ago we shot our first #Virtualtailgate video for Mother’s Day, a day that needs no introduction, as it pays homage to the women in our lives that work their tails off for us day in and day out. Whether they are putting in 10 at the office then coming home to be our nurturing support, or they spent the day chasing kids and projects and dancing, and football, to come home and clean the house, make dinner, etc. Love you, Mom! I hope you gals enjoyed the video, and I encourage all the men (or women, its 2018) to give that recipe a shot.
With that said, this weekend is about Father’s Day. 3.5 years ago Father’s Day took on a new meaning for me. The love of my life gave birth to the most perfect, beautiful little girl the world has ever seen (I am biased of course), and it will be changing again in a few months when I am blessed with two spitting images of my hoodrat self coming at the SAME DAMN TIME, and I couldn’t be more exited to see what this new chapter of fatherhood brings!
Bubba Beatty, for those of you that know him, you know he is literally the most honest, straight shooting, genuine man I have ever met. His business legacy of 40+ years leaves people in awe about how he did it for so long, and managed to leave a reputation that will continue on for years to come. As a Dad, he was ALWAYS there. He taught me to be tough. “Are you hurt, or are you HURTING?” is what he used to ask me all the time. This has stuck with me my entire life, so much so that I find myself asking it to my daughter when she is wining about something petty. He taught me to love no matter what. I constantly find myself thinking about how he would handle stressful or difficult situations, and it is almost guaranteed he would do it better than me. But I am still learning, and it is because he has never stopped teaching. As I grew up, he did not pressure me, he encouraged me, he didn’t chastise me, he taught me, he didn’t inflate my ego, he LOVED me; and for this I will be eternally grateful.
I love you Bub, I hope you have a great Father’s Day!
|1 Whole Chicken|
|2 Packs Brussel Sprouts|
|4-5 Yukon Gold Pototoes|
1 cup of dry white wine
1/2 cup of chicken broth
|1 Tablespoons Salt
1 Tablespoons Pepper
1/2 tablespoon Chili Powder
1/2 Garlic Powder
1/2 Onion Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Yi Yei Cajun Seasoning
1/2 Mrs. Dash (original)
Heat cast iron skillet in oven at 400 for about 15 minutes before pulling it out. Once out, lightly drizzle olive oil in the bottom of skillet and place chicken skin side down and place back in oven. Be careful because skillet is HOT. Set a timer for 1 hour.
|While chicken is in oven, cut the “stem” off of the Brussel sprouts and then cut them in half, sprinkle remaining seasoning from mix with a about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss. After chicken has been in over about 15 minutes, pull out and tuck Brussel spouts all around chicken. And put back in oven. When timer has 20 minutes remaining, Flip chicken so that the skin is facing upwards for the remainder of the cook.|
|While chicken is back in the oven, boil salted water and add the potatoes. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until tender, remove, dry, and place on parchment paper with a little olive oil on the bottom so they do not stick. Take heavy skillet or cutting board and press down hard on each potato so as to “smash” them.|
|Once potatoes are smashed, sprinkle top with salt, Pepper, and a tiny bit of olive oil. Grade your favorite cheese on top and pop in the oven for the remainder of the cook, should be about 12-15 minutes|
|When chicken is done, remove from the skillet and set chicken and Brussels aside.
FOR THE SAUCE: Turn the heat to high, the drippings should be fiercely bubbling. Add diced shallot, and cook about halfway through, with heat still on high, add wine, chicken broth, Stir until if reduces by roughly half, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon. Right before you turn the heat off put 1 tablespoon of butter right in sauce and stir in with heat OFF. Once butter is in, you are DONE! Pour sauce over chicken enjoy!