Grilled Cheese Waffle Sandwich with Onion-Fig Jam and Havarti

Grilled Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Savory Grilled Cheese Waffle Sandwich with Onion-Fig Jam and Havarti

This delicious sweet and savory waffle grilled cheese sandwich was entered into a few cooking contest the past two years unfortunately, the recipe didn’t take home any prizes and has sat in my drafts folder since then. I decided my grilled recipe creation is just to yummy not to share so, I’m dusting off the cobwebs and finally publishing it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

 

Savory Waffle with Bacon and Fig Jam
Serves 6
The savory waffles burst with flavor prepared with a mixture of fresh herbs, spring onions and garlic paste. The Waffles are cooked to perfection then smeared with caramelized onion-fig jam, thick slices of Havarti cheese, and then loaded with sliced off-the bone ham, tender roast beef and smoked bacon. Served with a spicy mayonnaise, this loaded grilled cheese sandwich will leave you wanting more.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb Havarti Cheese, thick sliced
  2. 1 lb sliced off the bone ham
  3. 1 lb sliced roast beef
  4. 1/2 pound thick cut bacon (about 8 slices)
  5. 2 1/2 cups flour
  6. 4 tablespoons sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 3 Eggs
  10. 2 cups milk
  11. ¼ cup vegetable oil
  12. ¼ tsp thyme
  13. ¼ tsp rosemary
  14. ¼ tsp chives
  15. ½ tablespoon prepared garlic
  16. ½ teaspoon spring onion
  17. 1 medium onion
  18. 5 dried figs
  19. 1 tablespoon Champagne Honey Mustard
  20. ½ cup ketchup
  21. 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  22. 1 tablespoon Cracked Pepper Marinade (see note in Spicy Mayonnaise below)
  23. ¼ cup butter
Instructions
  1. Heat Oven 400 degrees F.
  2. Place 8 slices thick cut bacon onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to build sandwich. Reduce oven to 300 degrees F.
Caramelized Onion-Fig Jam
  1. Slice onions thinly and chop figs
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until just begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes, add dried figs and continue to cook, stirring regularly until thick and dark brown in color. About 20-25 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if jam gets dry.
Waffle Batter
  1. In a bowl sift together, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  2. In another bowl beat eggs until creamy, add the milk and chopped herbs, spring onion, oil and garlic paste. Whisk until ingredients are well blended, then add the sifted dry ingredients.
  3. Cook waffles until crisp. Set cooked waffles aside until ready to assemble the sandwich
Spicy Mayonnaise
  1. In a small bowl combine, ketchup, mayonnaise and hot pepper sauce. Blend well and set aside until ready to serve sandwiches. (any pepper sauce will do, sriracha, Thai chili, peppercorn paste, etc)
  2. To Assemble Sandwich: begin building the sandwiches by adding thick sliced Havarti cheese, about three slices for each bottom half of waffle sandwich. (makes 4 sandwiches or 8 waffles) then layer a few slices of ham, roast beef and cooked bacon on-top of the cheese. Add a dollop of Onion-Jam and another layer of Havarti cheese. Top sandwich with another waffle.
Once Sandwiches are assembled
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet and cook one sandwich at a time until cheese is melted. Carefully, flip sandwich once during the cooking process. Transfer cooked sandwich to a plate and keep warm in oven. Continue process until all sandwiches are made
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Press Release: Oregon State Fair – Award winning home cook, ‘Rebecka Evans

Oregon State Fair-Red Beet Risotto with Hazelnut Encrusted Goat Cheese

Media Press Release: Look who will be at the Oregon State Fair in four weeks doing a cooking demonstration…- 

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Come visit the Explore Oregon Stage in the Columbia Hall building on September 4th, 2017 and watch as Rebecka shares about her Rose Petal Jelly and makes a stunning dish, RED BEET RISOTTO with HAZELNUT ENCRUSTED GOAT CHEESE

Rebecka Evans is an award-winning home cook, food blogger, and an avid food and nature photographer. Rebecka lives in the Houston suburb of Pearland and is happily married to her sweet husband Blake. Blessed with five children, this proud “Papa and Gamma” also have four beautiful granddaughters, and one grandson. Rebecka began entering food competitions at the age of twenty-five and began her food blogging journey seven years ago on her website athomewithrebecka.com. Rebecka will be returing to WFC 2017 as the newest memeber of Team Saucy Mama after winning First Place in the Elite Qualifyer Sponsored by Barhyte Foods; and will be competing in the Bacon catagory. Rebecka recently won Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas “Home Sweet Grandma,” taking home her largest cash prize of $10,000. Rebecka is also the winner of the Gilroy Garlic Recipe Cook-Off, taking 1st Place at Gilroy Garlic Festival 2016 with her Garlic Goat Cheese and Bacon Soufflés. Total cash prize $5000.00 and the coveted Gilroy Garlic Crown! Rebecka holds the title of 4th Place Bacon World Food Championship 2015 and is the First Place winner of the 2015 World Food Championships Blogger Summit “Food Fight Write!” Total cash prizes equaling $3000.00 World Food Championships Food Network Saucy Mama

The Oregon State Fair is rated 8th in the Country by Huffington Post. It will be such a joy to experience it in person. Stay Tuned for my updated recipe for Red Beet Risotto with Hazelnut Encrusted Goat Cheese featuring locally sourced produce, goat cheese, hazelnuts, and Saucy Mama’s Champagne Honey Mustard. If you can’t wait to make the recipe check out this one: Red Beet Risotto with Grilled Chicken and Roasted Vegetables 




Saucy Mama Inspired Huevos Rancheros: 2017 Recipe Contest Winner!

My Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe is delicious enough that it’s helped me win a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships!

Rebecka Evans and her Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships. She earned her ticket for her award winning Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe!2017 Recipe Contest Winner: Saucy Mama Inspired Huevos Rancheros

And the winner is…

REBECKA EVANS at @athomewithrebecka! We just couldn’t get over her fantastically made Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros! The Poblano sauce is nearly drinkable! Rebecka will be joining #TeamSaucyMama at the 2017 @worldfoodchampionships and we couldn’t be more excited.

Thank you to ALL who participated in our 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest. We had some of the very best recipes ever this year, and it was stiff competition. We love all you saucy competitors and hope to see you at WFC! Source: Barhyte Speciality Foods

Thank you Suzi, Colette, Team Saucy Mama, and all the staff at Barhyte Speciality Foods for choosing my recipe as the winner of this year’s Saucy Mama Cooking Contest. I’m so honored to be joining Team Saucy Mama and representing Barhyte Speciality Foods / Saucy Mama at the World Food Championships 2017.

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I will be joining an accomplished group of award winning competitive home cooks on Team Saucy Mama. To throw a little icing on an already delicious win, this group of lovely ladies are not only fellow food competitors; they are some of my dearest friends in the world. We are going to have a blast this year at WFC! 

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Bahyte Speciality Foods will sponsor me with a SWEET prize package. 

Our winner will receive:

–    A Golden Ticket, which is entry into the 2017 WFC
–    $1000 Travel Stipend to help winner get to Orange Beach for the WFC event (Nov. 8-14) which will be awarded onsite at the WFC.
–    Team Saucy Mama Dinner with the group in Orange Beach 
–    MAJOR bragging rights, and the opportunity to compete against other cooks (and possibly win massive cash and/or even a TV spot) at the invitation-only WFC event.

 

I am blessed beyond words to have my Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe help me win that Golden Ticket to the World Food Championship.


Saucy Mama inspired Huevous Rancheros, an award winning Mexican breakfast recipe from Rebecka Evans

Visit Barthyte Foods today to order these three delicious products to make my Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe:

Poblano Ranch Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, and Hatch Green Chili Mustard.

Make sure to FOLLOW Saucy Mama on Facebook to stay up to date on all the news and happenings from #TeamSaucyMama at WFC 2017. 

Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros
Serves 4
My Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros is a cinch to make and packed with authentic Mexican flavors. By utilizing three (3) Saucy Mama products there is no need to use dried adobo chili as called for in traditional huevos rancheros recipes. Poblano Ranch Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, and Hatch Green Chili Mustard bring all the traditional flavors of Mexico, and more. Adding more dimension to the dishes flavor profile the recipe is balanced by the smokiness and crunch of BACON. The recipe can be made for a family of four (4) or easily double or tripled for a crowd. When making the dish for a large group, prepare the bacon-refried beans and the ranchero sauce the day before. Just reheat these components while cooking up the tortillas and fried eggs. It’s as easy as that!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Poblano Ranchero Sauce
  1. ½ pound (about 4) ripe plum tomatoes
  2. 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  3. 1 small onion (about 6 ounces), quartered
  4. 1/2-pound Bacon. Reserve bacon fat
  5. ½ cup SM Lime Chipotle Marinade
  6. ¼ cup SM Poblano Ranch Dressing
  7. 2 tablespoons SM Hatch Green Chili
  8. 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, add more to taste
  9. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  10. ¼ cup water
Hatch Green Chili-Bacon Refried Beans
  1. One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained with liquid reserved
  2. ¼ pound cooked crumbled bacon
  3. ¼ cup reserved bacon fat
  4. 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard
  5. 2 tablespoon water
  6. 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, add more to taste
For Tortillas and Huevos
  1. 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 4 corn tortillas
  3. 4 large eggs
  4. Kosher salt, to taste
Garnish and Build
  1. 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese, divided
  2. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped, some whole to garnish plate
  3. 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet yellow onion
  4. 1 sliced lime
  5. 2 sliced jalapeños with seeds
  6. 1 chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. 1. For the Ranchero Sauce: Preheat the oven to broil (550) F. and put the tomatoes, peeled garlic cloves and onion on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, turning occasionally, until blistered and charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Watch closely to keep from burning vegetables.
  2. 2. While the vegetables are charring: rough chop bacon and cook in cast iron skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Turn off the heat. Remove ½ the cooked bacon to a plate and set aside for garnish. Leave the remainder in the pan and scoop to one side of the skillet. Using a large chef spoon, remove 2/3 of the hot bacon fat and evenly distribute between the second cast iron skillet and sauté pan. (second cast iron skillet is for frying tortillas and eggs and sauté pan is for cooking ranchero sauce) Add 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard and 2 tablespoons water to the cast iron pan with the cooked bacon. Return to heat, and cook stirring for 2 minutes to deglaze the pan. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to make the refried beans.
  3. 3. Continue with the ranchero sauce: put the charred vegetables and any juices from the baking sheet into the large mixing bowl with ½ cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade, ¼ cup Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing,1/4 cup water, ½ teaspoon salt and blend with an immersion blender until fairly smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender use a standing blender with tight fitting lid. Taste; stir in more Saucy Mama lime chipotle marinade for a spicier sauce.
  4. 4. Heat the tablespoon reserved bacon fat and 1 tablespoon oil in the medium sauté pan, over medium heat. Add the ranchero sauce, and cook stirring, until thickened but pourable, about 5 minutes. NOTE: The sauce will splatter when it hits the hot fat so use caution. Taste and season with salt as necessary. Cover and keep warm over low heat. If the sauce thickens too much, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out.
  5. 5. For the refried beans: Return the cast iron skillet with the chopped bacon to medium heat. Pour half the bean liquid into a small cup and reserve for later. Add the beans to the medium mixing bowl with about half of their reserved liquid and mash with a potato masher until smooth, then add the mashed beans, 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt to the cast iron skillet, and mash again until smooth. Mixture will be bubbly hot. Cook, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon, until heated through. As beans cook with bacon they will become thick, add some more of the reserved liquid until they are creamy. Taste, season with salt if necessary. Using the immersion blender, blend beans and bacon until smooth adding more liquid if necessary, and cover and keep warm over low heat.
  6. 6. If making ahead for a group, this is the time to cool the cooked components and refrigerate in sealed containers. Reheat the components the following day while you are making the tortillas and eggs. Be sure to add a few tablespoon water to the beans before reheating.
  7. 7. For serving: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the bacon fat in the second cast iron skillet over medium high, and add 1 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add 1 tortilla and cook until soft, about 15 seconds. Flip the tortilla with tongs and continue to cook about 15 seconds. NOTE: Tortillas are not fried crunchy, they are cooked just to tenderize and heat through. Remove from the pan and arrange in single file to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas, adding more oil if necessary. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the refried beans on each tortilla and keep warm in the oven.
  8. 8. Using the same cast iron skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoon bacon fat or oil, about 1 minute. Crack 1 egg at a time into the skillet and cook until the edges are crispy and whites are almost set (about 30-45 seconds) Ladle or scoop hot oil over the top of the egg for 1 more minute.
  9. 9. Remove the tortillas from the oven, top tortillas with an egg, then return to the oven and repeat process until all eggs are cooked. Top the remaining tortillas with the remaining eggs.
  10. 10. For Garnish and Build: Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt, some ranchero sauce, Cotija cheese, reserved crumbled-cooked bacon, chopped avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomato, and chopped onion.
Notes
  1. Serve immediately. ENJOY
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Huevos Rancheros – 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest Entry

Huevos Rancheros is an easy Mexican breakfast recipe. It is a cinch to make, and packed with authentic Mexican flavors.

Saucy Mama inspired Huevous Rancheros Mexican breakfast

2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest-Huevos Rancheros

The Saucy Mama Recipe Contest is a Super Qualifier for the World Food Championships held in Orange Beach Alabama November 7-14, 2017 and is sponsored by Barthyte Foods.

This will be my third year competing for a spot on Team Saucy Mama for the Bacon World Food Championships Category.
One of the most competitive and highly regarded contests in the food sport world, this contest is also one of the hardest to win. Sadly, there is only one spot available on the Team Saucy Mama, and this year, a mix of twenty-five professional and home cooks competing for the coveted position. Words cannot express how badly I want to earn that last spot. Now it’s up to the panel of judges to cook the 25 submitted recipes and choose a winner.

Here’s my submission for the 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest- Huevos Rancheros

My Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros is a cinch to make and packed with authentic Mexican flavors. By utilizing three (3) Saucy Mama products there is no need to use dried adobo chili as called for in traditional huevos rancheros recipes. Poblano Ranch Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, and Hatch Green Chili Mustard bring all the traditional flavors of Mexico, and more.

Adding more dimension to the dishes flavor profile the recipe is balanced by the smokiness and crunch of BACON. The recipe can be made for a family of four (4) or easily double or tripled for a crowd. When making the dish for a large group, prepare the bacon-refried beans and the ranchero sauce the day before. Just reheat these components while cooking up the tortillas and fried eggs. It’s as easy as that!

 

Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Poblano Ranchero Sauce
  1. ½ pound (about 4) ripe plum tomatoes
  2. 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  3. 1 small onion (about 6 ounces), quartered
  4. 1/2-pound Bacon. Reserve bacon fat
  5. ½ cup SM Lime Chipotle Marinade
  6. ¼ cup SM Poblano Ranch Dressing
  7. 2 tablespoons SM Hatch Green Chili
  8. 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, add more to taste
  9. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  10. ¼ cup water
Hatch Green Chili-Bacon Refried Beans
  1. One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained with liquid reserved
  2. ¼ pound cooked crumbled bacon
  3. ¼ cup reserved bacon fat
  4. 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard
  5. 2 tablespoon water
  6. 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, add more to taste
For Tortillas and Huevos
  1. 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. Any remaining bacon fat (about 1/3 cup)
  3. 4 - 6 inch corn tortillas
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. Kosher salt, to taste
Garnish and Build
  1. 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese, divided
  2. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped, some whole to garnish plate
  3. 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet yellow onion
  4. 1 sliced lime
  5. 2 sliced jalapeños with seeds
  6. 1 chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. 1. For the ranchero sauce: Preheat the oven to broil (550) F. and put the tomatoes, peeled garlic cloves and onion on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, turning occasionally, until blistered and charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Watch closely to keep from burning vegetables.
  2. 2. While the vegetables are charring: rough chop bacon and cook in cast iron skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Turn off the heat. Remove ½ the cooked bacon to a plate and set aside for garnish. Leave the remainder in the pan and scoop to one side of the skillet. Using a large chef spoon, remove 2/3 of the hot bacon fat and evenly distribute between the second cast iron skillet and sauté pan. (second cast iron skillet is for frying tortillas and eggs and sauté pan is for cooking ranchero sauce) Add 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard and 2 tablespoons water to the cast iron pan with the cooked bacon. Return to heat, and cook stirring for 2 minutes to deglaze the pan. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to make the refried beans.
  3. 3. Continue with the ranchero sauce: put the charred vegetables and any juices from the baking sheet into the large mixing bowl with ½ cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade, ¼ cup Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing,1/4 cup water, ½ teaspoon salt and blend with an immersion blender until fairly smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender use a standing blender with tight fitting lid. Taste; stir in more Saucy Mama lime chipotle marinade for a spicier sauce.
  4. 4. Heat the tablespoon reserved bacon fat and 1 tablespoon oil in the medium sauté pan, over medium heat. Add the ranchero sauce, and cook stirring, until thickened but pourable, about 5 minutes. NOTE: The sauce will splatter when it hits the hot fat so use caution. Taste and season with salt as necessary. Cover and keep warm over low heat. If the sauce thickens too much, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out.
  5. 5. For the refried beans: Return the cast iron skillet with the chopped bacon to medium heat. Pour half the bean liquid into a small cup and reserve for later. Add the beans to the medium mixing bowl with about half of their reserved liquid and mash with a potato masher until smooth, then add the mashed beans, 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt to the cast iron skillet, and mash again until smooth. Mixture will be bubbly hot. Cook, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon, until heated through. As beans cook with bacon they will become thick, add some more of the reserved liquid until they are creamy. Taste, season with salt if necessary. Using the immersion blender, blend beans and bacon until smooth adding more liquid if necessary, and cover and keep warm over low heat.
  6. 6. If making ahead for a group, this is the time to cool the cooked components and refrigerate in sealed containers. Reheat the components the following day while you are making the tortillas and eggs. Be sure to add a few tablespoon water to the beans before reheating.
  7. 7. For serving: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the bacon fat in the second cast iron skillet over medium high, and add 1 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add 1 tortilla and cook until soft, about 15 seconds. Flip the tortilla with tongs and continue to cook about 15 seconds. NOTE: Tortillas are not fried crunchy, they are cooked just to tenderize and heat through. Remove from the pan and arrange in single file to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas, adding more oil if necessary. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the refried beans on each tortilla and keep warm in the oven.
  8. 8. Using the same cast iron skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoon bacon fat or oil, about 1 minute. Crack 1 egg at a time into the skillet and cook until the edges are crispy and whites are almost set (about 30-45 seconds) Ladle or scoop hot oil over the top of the egg for 1 more minute.
  9. 9. Remove the tortillas from the oven, top tortillas with an egg, then return to the oven and repeat process until all eggs are cooked. Top the remaining tortillas with the remaining eggs.
  10. 10. For Garnish and Build: Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt, some ranchero sauce, Cotija cheese, reserved crumbled-cooked bacon, chopped avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomato, and chopped onion.
Notes
  1. Serve immediately. ENJOY
At Home with Rebecka http://athomewithrebecka.com/
 

I hope you enjoy this Huevos Rancheros recipe!

Barthyte Foods is offering a SWEET prize package for the winner…

Grand Prize Winner’s Prizes:

Our winner will receive:

–    A Golden Ticket, which is entry into the 2017 WFC
–    $1000 Travel Stipend to help winner get to Orange Beach for the WFC event (Nov. 8-14) which will be awarded onsite at the WFC.
–    Team Saucy Mama Dinner with the group in Orange Beach 
–    MAJOR bragging rights, and the opportunity to compete against other cooks (and possibly win massive cash and/or even a TV spot) at the invitation-only WFC event.

Visit Barthyte Foods today to order these three delicious products to make my huevos rancheros recipe.

Follow Saucy Mama on Facebook to stay up to date on all #TeamSaucyMama news and happenings at WFC 2017. Saucy Mama Huevous Rancheros

 




Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks

Southwestern Posole Stew is a hearty, spicy pork stew, rich with southwest flavors. Served with with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks, this dinner recipe is a family favorite.

Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks is a hearty and spicy pork stew dinner.

The old adage “If you snooze you lose” comes to mind when I look back at 2016 Lodge Cast Iron-National Cornbread Cooking Contest. I won a coveted spot in the 2016 cook-off with my Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks but had to decline the offer to compete due to prior travel plans the same weekend.

Instead, I went to see my grandchildren and grown kids on what I lovingly call my 2016 grand baby tour. It was bittersweet to say “no” to competing at the Cornbread Festival because this grandma loves to compete, but she loves her sweet grand-babies even more! Just look at their beautiful smiles and tell me you wouldn’t do the same! 

 

I didn’t publish my 2016 recipe to the blog so I could resubmit it for this year’s contest. Sadly, my recipe wasn’t chosen as a finalist. Hence, if you snooze you lose. 

I’m posting my Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks recipe today, in homage to my dear friends that will be competing at the Cornbread Festival this weekend.

Their names are highlighted below. 

The 2017 finalists are as follows:

  • Robin Kessler, Sarasota, FL; Butternut and Sage Sausage Skillet Tart with Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda
  • Pamela Gelsomini, Wrentham, MA; Cornbread Crusted Catfish Jambalaya
  • Ashlyn Morgan, Englewood, TN; Cornbread Cuban Sandwiches with Mojo Sauce
  • Devon Delaney, Westport, CT; Seared Steakhouse Cornbread Crepes with Horseradish Caper Sauce
  • Felice Bogus, Raleigh, NC; Smokey Chicken Tinga Street Gorditas
  • Hidemi Walsh, Centreville, VA; Chili Shrimp and Coconut Cornbread
  • Sherry Kozlowski, Morgantown, WV; Seafood Pot Pie
  • Shauna Havey, Roy, UT; Steak & Eggs Cornbread Dutch Baby
  • Mary Edwards, Long Beach, CA; Cajun Spoon Bread
  • Michele Kusma, Columbus, OH; Shakshuka-Topped Cornbread Skillet

Each year during the last full weekend in April our hometown of South Pittsburg, Tennessee lights up to celebrate a staple in the Southern kitchen: cornbread. As a part of the National Cornbread Festival, Lodge sponsors the National Cornbread Cook-off, a search for the nation’s best main dish cornbread recipe

I’m sending all my best to each and everyone of you. Happy contesting and may the best recipe WIN!

I hope you enjoy the recipe for my Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks.

By the way…these are some of the best Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread sticks I’ve ever made! 

Southwestern Posole Skillet Stew

Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Sticks
Serves 6
Lodge Cast Iron and Martha White Cornbread Festival Recipe by Rebecka Evans
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Main Dish
  2. 1 12-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
  3. 1 Lodge Cast Iron Cornstick pan (7 piece)
  4. Utensils: 2 large metal or wooden spoons, Sharp 10-inch chef knife, Sharp 6 inch pairing knife, 3 spatulas, 3 mixing bowls, misc. measuring bowls, cups, and spoons
  5. 2 7-ounce packages Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix
  6. 1/2 cup canned creamed corn
  7. 1 teaspoon minced onion
  8. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  9. 2 tablespoons fresh diced jalapeño, red and green
  10. 1 cup buttermilk
  11. 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  12. 2 cups cubed pork loin
  13. 1 cup chopped onion
  14. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  15. 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  16. 1 4 ounce-can chopped green chili
  17. 1 tablespoon chicken base
  18. 1 14-ounce white hominy, with liquid
  19. 1/2 cup water
  20. 2-4 tablespoon red tomato salsa
  21. salt and pepper to taste
  22. 1 cup cotija cheese
  23. 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  24. 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven 375 Degrees F.
  2. Pour 2 packages Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread mix into a medium mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup canned creamed corn, 1 teaspoon minced onion, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoon diced jalapeño, and 1 cup buttermilk. Mix with a spoon until ingredients are incorporated
  3. Heat Lodge Cast Iron Cornstick Pan in oven at 375 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Using a pastry brush, oil pan liberally with vegetable oil.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons cornbread mixture into oiled pans and bake at 375 Degrees F. for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Gently remove cooked cornsticks to a plate and continue process until batter is all gone. Be sure to brush any excess bread bits out of the pan, and brush with more oil for each batch.
  5. While cornsticks are baking, cube pork into 1/2-inch cube. Season meat with a 1/8 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  6. Heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium high heat, sauté meat until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked pork to bowl
  7. To the same skillet, add 1 teaspoon oil and sauté onions until translucent, add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Add 1 14-ounce can white hominy with liquid to skillet and stir to remove browned bits from the bottom of pan. Add red chili powder, chicken base, red tomato salsa, and canned chopped green chili, stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook stew for 20-45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 cup water if stew gets too thick
  8. Serve Southwestern Pasole with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornsticks. Garnish with, lime wedges, and cotija Mexican cheese
Notes
  1. Alternate preparation: Pour stew into individual size Lodge Cast Iron skillets (6.5 inch), dollop 2 tablespoons uncooked cornstick mixture over the Posole. Bake at 375 F. until cornbread is golden brown
At Home with Rebecka http://athomewithrebecka.com/
Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks is a hearty and spicy pork stew dinner.

Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Sticks




Grilled Alaskan Pollock Fillets – CFE International Salt Fish Blogger Recipe Challenge 2017

Alaskan pollock fillets with grilled romaine salad is a delicious, healthy, and easy grilled fish dinner. The perfect summer grilling recipe!

Alaskan pollock fillets with grilled romaine salad is a delicious, healthy, and easy grilled fish dinner. The perfect summer grilling recipe!

CFE International Salt Fish Recipe Challenge 2017

BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Fillets with Grilled Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Tarragon-Dill Buttermilk Dressing, and Blue Cheese Crumbles

This summer fresh fish dish is grilled to perfection utilizing my hybrid smoker/grill, adding a depth of smoky flavor to the flaky texture of the grilled BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Fillets. Once plated, the dish is doused with a creamy-herbed buttermilk dressing, a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar and crumbled blue cheese. The recipe can be served as a side dish in the form of a chopped salad, or plated over long slices of grilled romaine lettuce for a more dramatic effect. 

Special thanks to the folks at CFE International for sending me a generous sample of their fine products to test. I was pleasantly surprised at the mild flavor of the salted fish and how well it withstood the heat of cooking. 

BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Chopped Salad

CFE International carries six varieties of salted and cured fish as well as, on the plank, oven and grill ready entrees. I chose the BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Fillets for the challenge.

BacalaRico brand salted Pollock products, are exclusively sourced premium Pollock from the cold waters of the North Pacific. These products must meet CFE International’s strict quality standards and the finished product is inspected for quality, moisture and salt content to ensure that product specifications are always being met.

BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock FilletsRehydrating the salted fillets is easy work, but requires 24 hours of water bathing, rinsing, and a final rest in milk. The milk bath isn’t necessary when rehydrating the fillets, however, it gives the fish a delicate-sweet flavor and further reduces the saltiness of the preserved fish. 

BacalaRico Pollock Fillets

Rehydrated Pollock Fillets

Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Dill

 

I hope you enjoy this Alaskan pollock fillets grilled salad recipe!

BalacaRico Pollock Fillets with Grilled Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Tarragon-Dill Buttermilk Dressing and Blue Cheese Crumbles
Serves 4
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For the Fillets
  1. 1 package BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Fillets (package comes with 3 pre-sealed packets, use just one for this recipe)
  2. 2 cups water (just enough to cover fillets)
  3. 2 cups whole milk (just enough to cover fillets)
  4. 1 large shallot, minced
  5. 2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  6. 1 tablespoons lemon infused olive oil
  7. 1 bunch fresh tarragon, divided
  8. 1 bunch fresh dill, divided
  9. Pepper to taste
For the Vegetables
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce, sliced in quarters, lengthwise
  2. 1 bunch whole baby carrots, with tops
  3. 1 bunch fresh asparagus (optional)
  4. 1 bunch spring onions, sliced lengthwise
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
For The Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  2. 1/2 cup sour cream
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  5. 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  6. 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  7. 2 cloves garlic, smashed
For the Fillets
  1. Rehydrate fillets by placing 1 pouch of salted fish into a air tight plastic container. Add just enough tap water to submerge fillets. Rest fish for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. Pour off water and repeat this process 2 times more. For the final rehydration, pour 2 cups whole milk over fillets or just enough to cover the fish. let fillets rest in the milk bath overnight. Before cooking, discard milk and gently rinse fillets. Drain on paper towel.
  2. Season the bottom of a grill style roasting pan with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 1/2 of the minced shallot, and cracked black pepper. Arrange fillets evenly in the pan. Sprinkle tops with black pepper to taste, remaining minced shallot, cherry tomatoes, and fresh springs of tarragon and dill.
  3. Cut romaine lettuce into fourths lengthwise and place in a large shallow baking dish. Using a vegetables peeler, remove butter skin from carrots and place in the shallow dish with lettuce, spring onions and asparagus. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat vegetables evenly.
  4. Heat grill/smoker to highest heat. Place roasting pan with fillets in the middle of the grill rack. Arrange lettuce, cut side down on grill with remaining vegetables. Close the grill lid and cook lettuce for 3 minutes or until charred but not wilted. This keeps the inner part nice and crisp. Remove lettuce to shallow dish and continue cooking the other vegetables until they are al dente and set in the shallow pan until ready to plate. Continue cooking the fillets until they are hot all the way through and tomatoes are wired (about 7 -10 minutes total)
For the Dressing
  1. Process all 7 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste
Notes
  1. Garnish dish with
  2. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  4. Cracked black pepper
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