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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Green Chili Pinto Beans

My sweetie and I had gone shopping in a neighboring HEB store this past Friday. They were fire roasting fresh chili peppers ( the kind that rellenos are made from). To encourage customers to buy them, they had a food display using these peppers along with the recipes. These beans were delicious. My sweetie really liked them. The only draw back was that they used a seasoned rub, that to me, is quite expensive. $7.00 a jar. Also, if you cant find the chili peppers and don't want to do the roasting and peeling yourself, canned chilies would also work, but not as good in flavor. However, you only use a couple of tablespoons of the rub, which means you have a lot of the seasoning for other things also. Since the weather turned off cool today, I made these to go along with a green chili casserole. The beans were such a good dish to go along with it.Plus it is a quick and easy bean recipe.

1 can Bushses Pinto Beans (53.oz. )
1/2 1b.(about 6) green chilies, roasted, chopped
2 cups chicken broth 2 Tbs. Adams Reserve Southwest Rub
1 tbs. roasted garlic 1 tsp. cumin
3 oz. fully cooked bacon bits
1/2 white onion, chopped
salt to taste
Preheat pan over medium heat. Saute onion in 2 tbs of oil until soft. While onions are cooking, add seasonings and stir well. Remover charred skins from peppers with knife in scraping motions. Remove heads and seeds from peppers then dice. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer, the better for the flavors to blossom. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Apple Turnover

Apple Turnovers

One of my favorite sweets is any thing with apples! I was recently given a large amount of puff pastry, something I have never worked with. While searching for directions on this, I found this recipe. I hope you enjoy it!
Apple Turnovers
1 large tart baking apple(granny smith) 3 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp chopped walnuts 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. corn starch
1/4 cup applesauce 1/8 tsp. vanilla

1 frozen puff pastry sheet thawed
2 tbs. butter cut into bits
1 large egg. lightly beaten
1 tsp. milk
Put oven rack in lower third of oven and pre- heat oven to 400.F. Butter a large baking sheet. In a medium bowl, mix together apples, raisins, and walnuts with the sugar, cinnamon, and corn starch, making sure the fruit and nuts are well coated. Mix in the apple sauce and vanilla. Unfold the thawed pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Depending on the size of your puff pastry sheet you are going to want to cut the sheet into either four 5x5 or six 4x4 inch squares.
Roll our our pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 16x11 inch rectangle. Trim the edges to 15x10 inches and cut into the specified squares. Divide the apple mixture among the squares, leaving a 1 inch border. In a small bowl mix the beaten egg with the milk. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg mixture on the edges of pastry. Fold each pastry into a triangle, enclosing the filling and crimp the edges with a fork. Brush the tops with the egg/milk mixture. Cut 2 or 3 small steam vents in the top of each turnover. Place the pastries in the oven and bake at 400.F for 20 minutes until puffed and golden. Cool turnovers to warm before serving. Enjoy!