Carne seca jerky

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 lb raw jerky meat
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tsp ground oregano
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp course black pepper
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp liquid smoke

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients to make marinade and soak meat in marinade 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade and place in oven or smoker for from 7-8 hours at about 150- 200

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Chinese beef jerky

Ingredients

3 lb flank steak – or london broil marinade 8888
1/2 cup light soy sauce
4 1/2 tbsp honey
4 1/2 tbsp dry sherry
6 large garlic cloves – minced
1 1/2 tbsp ginger – fresh, minced
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp red pepper – crushed dash freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Cut meat in half lengthwise and slice diagonally crosswise into paper-thin strips 1-1/2 to 2″ wide and 4″ long. Transfer to shallow pan. Combine marinade ingredients and rub thoroughly into meat. Arrange meat on racks and let dry at cool room temperature overnight (do not refrigerate). Preheat oven to 250

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Spinach spread

Ingredients

10 oz package spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp mayonnaise (lowfat or nonfat)
2 tbsp sour cream (lowfat or nonfat)
1 or 2 drops of tabasco (optional)

Pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

How to prepare

Defrost and squeeze out the excess water from one 10 oz. Package of frozen chopped spinach. Finely chop one small onion and toss into the spinach. Add salt, pepper, and tabasco, blend. Add the mayonnaise and sour cream to the spinach mixture and blend well. Chill.

Serve in a pretty bowl with garlic toast . Spread, eat and enjoy!

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Empanadas

Ingredients

1/4 lb unsalted butter
2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 yolks of lg eggs
1/4 cup chilled water
1/2 lb ground lean beef
1/2 cup chopped white onions
2 tbsp seedless raisins
2 tbsp chopped black or green -olives
1/2 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

1 cut the butter into 1/4″ cubes
2 place the flour, baking powder, salt, and butter In a mixing bowl combine the ingredients with a pastry cutter (or with the steel Blade in a food processor)
3 beat the egg yolks mix half of them into the flour Mixture reserve the remainder for step 12
4 incorporate the water slowly into the Flour mixture until the dough becomes a cohesive and semifirm mass
5 shape the Sough into two balls wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for 15 minutes
6 preheat the oven to 375

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Corn Dogs

Ingredients

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
10 sm wooden sticks
10 hot dogs
Oil for deep-fat frying

How to prepare

Combine cornmeal, flour & egg; mix well. Stir in milk to make a thick batter; let stand 4 minutes. Insert sticks in hot dogs; dip into batter. Heat oil to 375 degrees F. Fry until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Drain on paper towel.

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Fried Eggplant Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 eggplant
salt
6 oz mozzarella cheese (not grated)
1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 F)
2 cups plain flour
pepper to taste
4 1/2 tsp oil
1 lg egg white
oil for frying

How to prepare

Slice the eggplant into 1/4″ rounds. Sprinkle with salt and let drain in a colander for about an hour. Slice the mozzarella into thin slices and trim to the shape of the eggplant slices. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and stir until is dissolved. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups flour and the pepper until smooth. Keep at room temp for 30 min. Rinse and pat dry the eggplant slices. Fry them in batches using 1 tsp oil per batch over med heat about 2 min per side. Remove to paper towels to drain while you finish the other slices. Place a cheese slice between each two eggplant slices (like a sandwich). Press firmly together and dip in the remaining flour to coat both sides. Beat the egg white until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Fold into the yeast mixture. Heat oil (about 1 inch deep) in a lg frying pan. Dip 1 eggplant sandwich into the batter at a time and place in the hot oil. Fry 4-6 at a time for 1-2 minutes per side until light brown. Place on paper towels to drain oil until all are done. Serve hot. These are great with a horseradish type dressing on top! Depending on the size of the eggplant, this could make 6-12 sandwiches.

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Pretzels

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking soda
12 cups water

Coarse salt

How to prepare

Add yeast to warm water and stir until muddy. Add salt, sugar, and flour. Mix and knead until dough is smooth. Let rise in greased, covered bowl for 1 hour or until double. Punch down dough and shape into 12 pretzels. Boil 12 cups of water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Boil each pretzel for 1 minute in the soda water solution. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 475 for 12-15 minutes. These get stale very fast.

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Gingerbread muffins

Ingredients

1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup molasses
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups whole-wheat flour

How to prepare

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add molasses. Sift flours, baking soda. And spices. Add alternately with buttermilk. Stir in raisins. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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Bite Size Taco Turnovers

Ingredients

1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 refrigerated pizza dough
1/4 cup shredded American or cheddar
cheese
1 egg
1 tsp water

How to prepare

Brown meat; drain. Stir in taco sauce and seasonings; set aside. Roll pizza dough out to a 14X10 1/2″ rectangle, then cut into 12 3 1/2″ squares. Place filling on squares; sprinkle with cheese. Lifting dough up and over to make triangles, brush edges with water and press edges with fork to seal. Pierce with a fork. Brush with combined egg and water. Bake at 425 F. 8-10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serving Size : 12 Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Appetizers 1995

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