How can you go wrong with a recipe inspired from Rick Bayless? Believe me you cannot especially if that recipe involves an entire roasted head of garlic.
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is very quick and simple especially if you already have roasted garlic laying around in the fridge. If you do not then fear not because roasting garlic is about as idiot proof as it comes (cut top off garlic, drizzle oil, wrap in foil, shove in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes).
While the garlic is roasting fill your spice grinder with:
- 1/4 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
and beat into oblivion.
Squeeze all the roasted cloves of garlic into a bowl and mash them together with the spices along with 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar, 1-2 teaspoons of whole chili powder (ancho and guajillo), pinch of salt, and 2 teaspoons of dried oregano until thoroughly combined.
Rub this paste over your chicken thighs and grill over medium-low heat until the thighs are cooked through (another advantage is no marinade time involved).
Told you this is a freaking flipping hard recipe to make.
p.s. to those who miss the long winded rambling Jeff posts I apologize. Work has been killing me lately and my ability to ramble nonsensical is losing out to my desire to sleep. Fear not it will return shortly.