Friday, August 1, 2008

I am not a real creative

cook, but I like to try new recipes. One of my favorite sources is Taste of Home. I have most of their cook books and magazines.

Because I am always trying recipes, I have devised a system to tell me what I have tried and if I like what I tried. If it is really good, I place a gold star beside the recipe. I call that one Best of the Best. A green star places it in second. We enjoyed the recipe. Blue star is better than average, red star is good, silver star is fair and a Mr. Yuk sticker is self explanatory.

This recipe earned a gold star. I made it and because there is just two of us, it has lasted two days, with enough for lunch today. It is still as fresh as when I made it.

This recipe is from Taste of Home Winning Recipes.

Chili Corn Bread Salad

1 pkg (8 1/2 oz) corn bread/muffin mix

1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies, undrained

1/8 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp dried oregano

Pinch rubbed sage

1 C. mayonnaise

1 C. sour cream I used light for both the mayo and s. cream

1 env. ranch salad dressing mix

2 cans (15 oz each) pinto beans rinsed and drained

2 cans (15 1/4 oz each) whole kernel corn drained

3 med. tomatoes chopped

1 C. chopped green pepper

1 C. chopped green onion

10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

I cut my bacon into little pieces before cooking it. It is ready to use then and I find it cooks more uniformly this way.

2 C. (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese. I used sharp.

Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions. Stir in the chilies, cumin, oregano and sage. Spread in a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or intil a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, s. cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half of the corn bread into a 13x9x2 inch pan. Layer with half of the beans, mayo mixture, corn, tomatoes, green pepper, onions, bacon and cheese. Repeat layers (dish will be very full). Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Note the gold star.

We used this as a complete meal and really enjoyed it.


Lindsey said...

hi, thanks for visiting my blog recently. I am glad you enjoyed it. I love your recipe/sticker idea! Cooking is my least favorite thing to do, but I recently moved and my new place has a big kitchen, so I've been thinking about finally learning to cook (and hopefully learning to enjoy it!) I might steal your sticker idea, if that's ok with you =)

Unknown said...

Sounds really yummy!

Henry said...

i can't wait to see some recipe with a mr. yuk sticker on it! it'll be funny!

Gramma 2 Many said...

Well, I do have one with a silver star, but no Mr Yuk yet. When I get one I will. You can make it and rate it for me. We will see how different tastes run.


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