Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jenna's Ribs

Jenna got a great new cookbook for Christmas this year from my parents.  It's called Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook, by Nicola Graimes.  There are some fun recipes in there, however, I can do without the recipe incorporating tofu.  Just can't touch that stuff. 

Jenna wanted to use the book to plan out a menu and be in charge of dinner one night recently.  I told her to go through her new book and to pick out a main course to prepare and she would be the head chef!  She chose to make Sticky Ribs and boy, were they?!  The marinade/bbq sauce has great flavor and I would recommend trying this recipe out.  It's great for this time of year when we aren't as prone to use the grill.  Wimps that we are.

Sticky Ribs
Here's What You Need:
2 pounds of pork spare ribs
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 Tablespoon ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 drops Tabasco (optional)

Here's What You Do:
Mix together all of the marinade ingredients. 

Tear off two large pieces of aluminum foil and stack them on top of one another. Lay the ribs on top of the 2 layers of foil. Bring the foil up and slightly around the ribs to create a make-shift bowl. Pour the marinade over the ribs.

Be sure that all of the ribs are well coated. Scrunch the foil loosely around the ribs and twist to seal. Leave this to marinade in the fridge for at least one hour. I went ahead and had Jenna place the foil packet of ribs on a small baking tray. I was worried the foil might get punctured or leak somehow.  The recipe is for Sticky Ribs, not Sticky Fridge, after all!  That was one mess I didn't want to have to clean up!

When your marinating time is up, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the baking tray in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes have passed, take the ribs out of the oven and carefully open up the foil packet. Put the ribs back in the oven for another 30 minutes, or until they are completely cooked.  This was a great recipe choice for Jenna.  She was able to do her homework while the ribs did their magic in the fridge! 

Add a baked potato or some brown rice and a colorful veggie or salad and you've got yourself a...Healthy Meal!  Well done, Jenna!

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