Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nebraska: RV There Yet? Casserole

The spirits of the group have been crushed after the discovery of an infected Sophia Peletier. Everyone stands in shock at the sight of the little body in the dust. Daryl turns Carol around, refusing to let her look at her daughter's body. 

Shane confronts Hershel, accusing the old man of withholding Sophia's whereabouts. An angry confrontation unfolds and Maggie ends it by slapping Shane in the face. As the Group digs graves for Sophia and Hershel's family, Daryl keeps Carol company in the RV. Her refusal to attend Sophia's funeral both confuses and  hurts him but he still attends in her place. 

Hershel flees the farm and heads for Hatland's, the local bar. Rick and Glenn leave to bring him safely back to the farm. Nearly hysterical after the loss of her mother, Beth Greene collapses in the kitchen. Realizing that the girl needs medical attention, Lori finds Daryl to ask him to go into town and urge Rick and Glenn to return with Hershel.

Daryl is furious at Lori giving him orders after the loss of Sophia and he tells her to do the task herself. She takes Maggie's car and promptly rolls it into a ditch in an attempt to avoid a Walker staggering in the road.

Rick and Glenn find Hershel drinking himself into a stupor at Hatland's bar. Hershel apologizes for his foolishness and just as the three are about to leave the bar, two strangers arrive. Introducing themselves at "Tony" and "Dave," the two men quickly become antagonistic; demanding that Rick and the Group reveal the location of the Greene farm. In a move that is seemingly out of character, Rick opens fire on both men. Though stunned, Hershel and Glenn do not disapprove of his actions.

With the close of an emotionally devastating day, Dale would not want to intrude on the grieving Greene family to prepare a meal. He would create the quick and easy, RV There Yet? Casserole for the Group. Protein-rich from the beans and spiced just right, this casserole is delicious, easy, nutritious and filling.

And when the dead rise; don't take any crap from Olive Oyl.

RV There Yet? Casserole

1 or 2 -15.5 oz cans Chili Beans, undrained
1-11 oz can Corn, drained
3/4 cup Barbecue Sauce
1 large sweet  onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped OR 2 tsp garlic powder

1-8.5 oz corn muffin mix (do not use Jiffy Brand; it contains lard and just because it's the Apocalypse does not mean you can ignore your cholesterol levels)

Preheat oven to 400°. 

In a large Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat (or medium coals) . Add onion, garlic and pepper and saute lightly for 5 minutes, or until softened and the onions are transparent.

Stir in chili beans, corn, barbecue and sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Prepare corn muffin mix with water as directed on the package. Pour over bean and barbecue mixture. Place Dutch oven into preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center of corn mixture comes out clean.

Alternately if you do not have an oven, add an additional 4 tablespoons of water to corn muffin mix. Drop by tablespoons (like dumplings) into bean and barbecue mixture. Cover tightly with lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until "dumplings" are tender and shiny.

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