Friday, July 20, 2012

Cherokee Rose: Hobo Stew with Pepper-Parmesan Biscuits

After the rest of the Group reunites at the Greene farm, they attend the funeral of Otis. While they are relieved to learn of Carl's survival, they are eager to continue the search for Sophia.

Rick and Shane are sidelined by Hershel until Rick regains strength from donating blood and Shane's ankle heals. 

Seeing this, Daryl volunteers to comb the woods looking for Sophia alone. While he does not find the little girl, he does find a Cherokee Rose which he presents to Carol. He tells her of the legend of the famous Georgia flower and why she should not give up hope.

Dale, T-Dog, Shane, Lori and Andrea make an attempt to extract a water-logged Walker from the Greene's livestock well. Using a canned ham (and then a screaming Glenn) as bait, they fail miserably and the well is sealed off. Glenn and Maggie make a pharmacy supply run and secure more antibiotics for the Group, along with a secret request from Lori. 

With the close of another disastrous day faced by the Atlanta Survivor Group, a nutritious meal was needed. Maggie's immediate fondness for Glenn assured that they would have received fresh vegetables to supplement the pantry items they had already scavenged. 

Hobo Stew makes good use of both the pantry items and the vegetables. The WDSCB is certain that at this point in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse, your Group has made a stronghold at a safe farm. And has properly ingratiated yourselves to your host, so securing the required vegetables will not present a problem. 

And when the dead rise; if you should happen to run across a Walker in a well...just leave them there.

Hobo Stew

2 red or gold potatoes, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 head of cabbage, sliced thinly
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 envelope Knorr French Onion Soup mix
1 Tbsp. Thyme

In a large Dutch oven, heat just a little vegetable oil. Add onion and carrots. Saute lightly until onion is soft and transparent. Add potatoes and saute for another 6-8 minutes.

Stir in cabbage and just enough water to cover vegetables. Add soup mix and stir well. Simmer lightly for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add thyme and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Pepper Parmesan Biscuits

2 1/2 cups Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix
1 1/4 cup soy or almond milk
4 Tbsp butter flavored shortening
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Or, alternatively, get campfire coals glowing red hot.

Combine baking mix with shortening and Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl using a fork. Mix until the texture of the mixture looks like small peas. Add soy or almond milk and garlic. Mix by hand until combined.

Using a 1/4 cup measure, drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a cast iron skillet.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. The tops of the biscuits will be light brown when they are ready. If you are cooking over a campfire, cover cast iron skillet with a tight lid or use foil. Check often and rotate skillet to ensure even heat distribution. The tops of the biscuits will not  be as browned but will feel dry and spring back when lightly touched.

Mix olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper in a small bowl. Brush lightly onto the hot biscuits. Use all the mixture. Makes 12 drop biscuits.

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