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Gang, summer is coming to an end! We need to embrace all of its delights as much as we can, including swimming and eating as much ice cream as possible, because thatâ€™s what summerâ€™s about, right? I think we should also embrace the later Shabbat start times, and one of my favorite ways to do this is by hosting a â€śSha-barbecueâ€ť! The first time I enjoyed a Sha-barbecue was almost 10 years ago when I was living in Chicago. I wasÂ invited over to my friend Taronâ€™s place for Shabbat dinner. When I asked him what I could bring, he casually said, â€śWell, itâ€™s a Sha-barbecue, so maybe some guacamole and chips?â€ťÂ I loved how casually he said Sha-barbecue, like it was a thing everyone knew about the world over. But never in my whole Jewish life had I heard of or attended a Sha-barbecue! Ever since that fateful night, I have fully embraced the Sha-barbecue. With Shabbat not starting until almost 8 in the summer, Iâ€™ve found that as a religiously observant Jew itâ€™s easy to have friends over and enjoy some adult beverages while barbecuing up the main course and then sitting down to a lovely Sha-barbecue meal. You know, like our forefathers and mothers used to do!
Sha-barbecue Cilantro, Lime and Yogurt Chicken Wings
1.Â Wash and dry the chicken wings, making sure they are free of any feathers. Next, separate drumettes from wingettes by slicing a sharp knife through the joints.
2.Â Place the chicken wings in a mediumÂ bowl. Add the cumin, sweetÂ paprika, garlic powder,Â kosher salt and pepper. Toss to coat the wings.
3.Â In a separate, larger bowl, addÂ all the ingredients for the marinade. Stir to combine, tasting for adjustments in seasoning.
4.Â Once marinade is complete, place the prepared chicken wings into the marinadeÂ bowl, stirring to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 6Â hours, making sure not to over-marinate, as theÂ recipe includes lime juice, which can break down the meat (and not in a good way).
5.Â Preheat oven to 400 degrees. LineÂ two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
6.Â Using tongs, gently place the wings on the prepared baking sheets, making sure to spread them evenly so they arenâ€™t overlapping. Donâ€™t toss out the remaining marinade, as you will be basting while it bakes.
7.Â Bake wings for roughly 20 minutes. After the initial 20 minutes, baste each wing with remaining marinade. Bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
8.Â Sprinkle cooked wings with Maldon sea salt and a squeeze of lime just before serving.
Chicken is a mainstay in most Jewish homes. We love our chicken stock (homemade or store-bought and doctored will do) for matzah ball soup. Youâ€™ll find chopped chicken livers at the holiday table because every family has those who love it among the haters.Â For Shabbat, a nice roasted chicken kicks off the weekend and the Sabbath.Â But when you always cook with the same ingredient it is easy to get in a rut.Â The good news is that it isnâ€™t that hard to get out of it!Â Just add a little spice. This summer,Â go Indian with this Indian spiced grilled chicken served with a cilantro mint sauce. For interfaith families with Indian backgrounds, this is a great way to fuse your cultures!
Cilantro Mint Sauce
1. Â Into a large bowl, grate theÂ ginger.Â Add the zest and juice of 1 lime, salt, Garam Masala (an Indian spice mix that can be found at most grocery stores) and fennel seeds (I like to buy whole seeds and toast them on a pan on the stove and then crush them with a mortar and pestle).Â Pour in vegetable oil and mix together.
Toss the chicken into the marinade and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.Â
2. Â Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Wash and dry the cilantro and mint. You can use a salad spinner or dry the herbs on a towel. They do not have to be bone dry. In a blender, add the mint, cilantro, shallot cut into quarters, the juice of 1 lime, water, sugar and salt. Puree the mixture. Â
3. Â Carefully slice a jalapeĂ±o in half, remove the inner seeds and mince the pepper. Stir the tiny pieces of pepper into the sauce.
4. Â Take the chicken out of the fridge so it can lose some of the chill. Then, pre-heat your grill. Cook the chicken on a medium heat grill until done. Timing varies based on size of the chicken pieces, so just refer to your meat thermometer for doneness. Or, cut into the chicken to see that the meat is opaque and the juices run clear.
Serve with delicious summer vegetables.