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Sangria + Grilled Chicken is a Great Summer Combo

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The other night we pulled the little Weber grill out of the garage again and grilled some chicken, caramelized some bell peppers and onions (inside, in a pan, with a little salt, cumin and chili powder), made some guacamole and to accompany it all there was a pitcher of tasty, tasty sangria.

The sangria recipe is from the old red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. This is probably one of the only recipes I still use this cookbook for, but that alone makes it worth the shelf space, imho. I’m not sure how completely authentic it is, but it is dependably good.

Really Good Summer Sangria
1 bottle red wine (I used $4 barefoot merlot)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1-2 cups sparkling water

Add the sugar, water and the end fruit slices (6 total from the ends of the lemon, lime and orange) to the pan and heat until boiling and all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

sangria

Meanwhile, pour the wine into a big pitcher and add the uncooked fruit slices. After the syrup has cooled down add that too, reserving the cooked fruit slices. Squeeze as much juice out of those as you can into the pitcher and then discard. Stir.

I usually make this a couple of hours before serving, just storing it in the fridge. When you are ready to drink it, add a cup of the sparkling water. Taste. Add more sparkling water if desired and serve over ice.

sangria

Now, to go with your awesome sangria, you may just want to grill some chicken. If you do, first slather some boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a paste made of fresh cilantro leaves (2 big handfuls), garlic (1-2 cloves), lime juice (about 1 tbsp), jalapeno pepper (1/2 a pepper), salt, olive oil (1/4 cup or so) and green onion (2-3). You get this paste by adding all these items to a food processor and letting it go for a few minutes. *whir* *whir* *whir*

chicken

Slather. Then grill. Then eat.

6 comments to Sangria + Grilled Chicken is a Great Summer Combo

  • Hi Michelle!

    I am one of your readers, from Spain ;)

    As far as I can tell your Sangria recipe is quite accurate, but every person has its own recipe :) Wine (normally something you could drink on its own but not awfully expensive, here we call it vino de mesa, table wine, which is quite cheap), and fruits (any kind… peach is suposedly tipical), sugar (or honey, never tried it with…), and some kind of sparkly drink (sparkling water, fanta -orange or lemon-, 7 up… mellow flavours). And… thats it! ;) So you can experiment quite vastly.

    Greets!!
    nek0

  • ah! I forgot, you can add spirits too (brandy, cointreau)… and… no need for boling! ;) Just stir it all up and ready to go! (If it rests it gets better)

  • mlb

    Hey Nek0: Thanks for the info! And thanks for reading!

    It’s good to know the cookbook got the Sangria pretty right. Because, really, that is not my go-to cookbook for accurate ethnic recipes :)

  • Edie

    Hi Michelle – These recipes look great! I’m going to try them out on some friends that we’re having over for dinner soon. Edie

  • mlb

    Edie: Thanks! Hope you like everything :)

  • The pictures are really helpful, M. Thanks! Looking forward to it.

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