Junk: Homemade Jalepeno Poppers

While I’ve previously expressed some weakness for greasy cheesy junk food, you also already know about my love for all things spicy. This homemade treat offers both the cheesy and the spicy, but healthier and without all the processed additives. There aren’t many tricks, but it helps to leave the stem on the jalapeno if you can and use it to assist in breading.

Jalapenos, slit from top to bottom on one side.
– gently scoop out the seeds with a sharp tipped spoon
Goat Cheese
– remove from the fridge about 20 min. before using and allow it to soften
Egg or egg white
– beat in a small bowl
Finely ground corn meal
– mix with a generous pinch of salt in a small bowl

I like to take a large pinch of goat cheese and roll it into a “tube” with my fingers, and then tuck it into the jalapeno. Dip the stuffed pepper in the egg, then roll in the cornmeal. Place on a greased cookie sheet and, if you like, spray with oil for extra crunch. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

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Holiday Rolls #2 – Buttermilk Biscuits with green onions, black pepper, and cornmeal

I know, I’ve been a bad blogger, but I’ve also been in Indiana, where the slow internet connection makes blogging an exercise in futility. But I’m back! I made these easy rolls as an alternative to traditional buttermilk biscuits. Buttermilk, yes, but with the kick of green onion, black pepper, and the texture of cornmeal. They look dry, but are surprisingly moist.

Delicious Greens and Faux-Southen food

faux-southern

What to do with a pile of greens that’s interesting, fast and delicious? I had a huge pile of kale and bored with all my old ideas. A little flip through Simply in Season saved the night with their kale with peanut sauce recipe. Organic peanut butter, garlic, red onions, and the result was delicious greens. I rounded out the meal with some quickly boiled sweet potatoes and local tofu, dredged in rice milk then cornmeal, quick-fried in the and the skillet. As fast as ordering out, much healthy and cheaper, and a great little comfort dinner.