Voices of Huntsville | Recipe Joe's Recipe for Food Passion

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Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

  Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

  Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

  Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

Portrait Photography courtesy of White Rabbit Studios.

November 2021
Recipe Joe’s Recipe for Food Passion

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As a native of North Alabama, a foodie, and a cook, my passion is to share creative and innovative recipes with the community. I’m excited to use my “voice of Huntsville” to share my twist on some holiday favorites to spice up your season and the whole year through.

Spatchcock Herb Chicken

Spatchcock herb chicken is a fabulous main course for a small family holiday meal or an excellent meat course for a holiday potluck, and the leftovers can be sliced up cold to make delicious sandwiches in between all the parties! If you haven’t spatchcocked fowl before, it may seem a little daunting—but believe me, spatchcocking a chicken or even a holiday turkey can cut your cook time down dramatically, allowing the meat to remain moist and juicy, and still crisping the skin to a perfect golden brown. For this recipe, you will need a seasoned cast iron skillet and a good pair of kitchen shears to remove the backbone. If you still need a little boost to brave the spatchcock prep – here is a great tutorial!


1 whole chicken

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon parsley

2 teaspoons ground sage

2 teaspoons celery salt

½ cup olive oil

salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cast-iron skillet in the oven while it’s preheating to have an even cooking temperature throughout the skillet surface.

Cut the backbone out of the chicken (on either side of the backbone), flip it over, and break the breastbone to lay the chicken flat.

Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides all over. Mix the savory seasonings in a bowl with about ½ cup of olive oil. Set to the side.

Put a little olive oil in the hot skillet and place the chicken skin side down in the skillet. Cook the chicken for 30 min.

Remove the chicken from the oven and brush on the olive oil seasoning mixture all over the chicken. Return the chicken to the oven to cook another 10 min.

Remove the chicken from the oven and check for doneness with a thermometer. Cook again in 10 min intervals if the temperature is not correct (165 – breast 175 – thigh). Enjoy!

Ham Glaze

This ham glaze is a fun way to spice up a plain old spiral-cut ham and add a little zip and zing to a holiday meal!


1 cup honey

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Liquor

1 spiral-cut ham


Bring all the ingredients to a low boil in a sauce pan for 3-5 min. Brush on the glaze and pour some in between the slices of the spiral ham. You can also use this glaze on chicken wings as well. Enjoy!

About Recipe Joe

Recipe Joe! What great ways to prepare a chicken and ham for making the holiday’s a little more special this year! Thank you so much for being November’s Voices of Huntsville! Be sure and give Cornelius Joe II, aka Recipejoes, LLC a follow on Instagram, and listen to him on a recent Eating Alabama podcast to satiate your inner Huntsville foodie!

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