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When Men have to Cook

When Men have to Cook

You can’t go wrong with these simple, failsafe recipes.


Guys, here are some amazing main course recipe that even you can make. Your guests will all be amazed and delighted at your newfound culinary talents!

Salt Crusted Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 bay leaves, whole
  • 5 bay leaves, crushed
  • 1/3 cup peppercorns
  • 1/3 cup hot pepper flakes
  • ½ cup kimmel or any other dry seasoning
  • 1/3 cup parsley, cilantro or basil, chopped fine
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 kilos Kosher salt

Prepare ½ lemon, chopped herbs and 4 whole bay leaves inside chicken. Close it up. Tie legs together. Take 2 kilos of Kosher salt, add peppercorns, crushed bay leaves, hot pepper flakes and kimmel, mix well. Add a small amount of water to wet the salt mixture.

In a small roasting pan, frying pan or pie dish, place ½ inch of salt mixture on the bottom. Pat smooth, cover entire bottom. Put chicken on top of salt, and cover the entire chicken with salt mixture, creating a dome. Pat until smooth.

Cook chicken for 1 hour at 500º F or 260º C. Then remove the chicken. When ready to serve, cut the bottom of the dome all around and lift off. Remove the chicken and serve.


Taiwanese Breast of Chicken

  • 10-12 thinly sliced chicken or turkey schnitzels
  • 2 cups bread crumbs, golden
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup apricot jelly
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic or garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pour bread crumbs into a dish. Press schnitzels, both sides, into the bread crumbs. Roll them up. Place into a small baking dish, one next to the other. Mix together mayonnaise, apricot jelly, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread apricot mixture on top of the rolled schnitzels. Bake at 375º F for 40 minutes, and serve.

Spare Ribs with My Wife’s Easy Barbecue Recipe

  • 3 kilos flanken (Asodo in Israel)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lots of garlic powder

Saute onion until tender, then add remaining ingredients. Stir until sugar dissolves.

You can either defrost the roast and cut into finger-length strips, or boil the roast (works well if frozen) and then cut it into finger-length strips. Either, boil for 1 ½ hours, until soft.

Place finger-length strips in a baking tray. Add barbecue sauce, mix well. Place under broiler or hot oven for 15 minutes and enjoy.

Simply Yummy Chicken

Take one chicken, cut into eighths. Place in baking pan. Cover with “My Wife’s Easy Barbecue Sauce” (see previous recipe). Roast 45-60 minutes at 380º F or 195 º C.


October 21, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 19

(10) Anonymous, September 12, 2015 3:16 PM

Ingredients for "My Wife's Easy BBQ Sauce"/When Men Have to Cook

In your recipe for SPARE RIBS WITH MY WIFE’S EASY BARBECUE RECIPE, you refer to My wife's easy BBQ sauce, but there isn't a recipe. I'd like to give it a try, especially because I hope my husband will be hit with the bug!

(9) Ayalah Haas, October 31, 2012 1:30 PM

Thank You,l Chef Herschel!

We plan to try some of these for Shabbos!

(8) sarah, October 25, 2012 8:50 PM

too complicated

Wow, that first recipe looks really complicated. I would not recommend it for a man (OR woman) who is not used to cooking - what a faff. You can make yummy chicken with just an onion and a clove of garic, or with a few spoons of honey and some onion soup mix, why go to so much bother!

(7) rje, October 24, 2012 6:40 PM

Salt-Crust Chicken

For those excoriating the chef for using 2 kilos of salt: Did you read the directions for the recipe? Yes, it seems to be a waste of salt (which, fortunately, is very inexpensive), but you don't actually eat the salt. (I don't know - perhaps the salt can be re-used, perhaps when making chicken soup and other meat dishes.) There are any number of recipes for salt-crusted chicken to be found on and off the internet. I've not tried it (a single person living alone does not bake many whole chickens!) but, from what I've read, this is a FABULOUS way to bake chicken.

Raphaelle Do Lern Hwei, October 26, 2012 3:41 PM

Salt Baked Chicken vs Dead Sea Mud baked chicken

Salt baked chicken is not salty. The salt just traps moisture when the chicken is baked. There is another Chinese delicacy called Beggar's Chicken which works on the same principal. Beggar because beggars cannot afford an oven but can bake a stolen or donated chicken over an open fire this way for free. Quite delicious also and healthy because herbs are used. Maybe you can use Dead Sea Mud for a unique flavour. The gist is to wrap the whole chicken in lotus leaves and coat with about 0.5cm of mud. Of course stuff the chicken's body cavity with good stuff like peeled chestnuts, garlic,ginger, peppercorns, celery, carrot cubes, zuccinni, cashew nuts. Please check with health authorities first regarding Dead Sea Mud.

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