Thursday, January 31, 2013

Say the Word: Coweta Caviar and Breadsticks

As the tiny baby cries in Carl's arms, Rick storms back into C-Block with an ax. Hershel warns the Group that the baby must have formula or she will die.

Daryl takes charge and Maggie volunteers to go with him on a supply run. A heartbroken Glenn digs graves for their dead as Oscar and Axel offer to help. Oscar reminds Glenn that he was lucky to have an entire group of good people in his life. 

Later, Glenn goes back inside the prison in an attempt to console Rick; but quickly leaves when he sees the former sheriff covered in blood. Rick sinks further into madness when he begins hearing the phone ring.

After Axel and Oscar finished digging graves, the Group would quickly retrieve the bodies and bury them. Carol's grave would remain empty and symbolic. After the informal funeral, Glenn and Hershel would likely have wanted to keep the entire Group together. Wanting to be useful to their grieving new friends, Axel and Oscar would again volunteer to prepare a meal. 

Featuring two different kinds of beans, as well as corn and spicy jalapeño peppers, Coweta Caviar and Breadsticks contain the high-protein content that the Group needed. Only six ingredients for the caviar means a very quick prep time. The breadsticks can be prepared while the caviar sits so the flavors can blend.

And when the dead rise; if there is a pregnant woman in your group...get formula in advance....even if you have to scavenge every Piggly Wiggly in a 500 mile radius!

Coweta Caviar and Breadsticks

1 (14 oz) can small red or Kidney beans, drained
1 (14 oz) can Black-eyed Peas, drained
1 (14 oz) can Corn, drained
1/2 jar Salsa or Picante Sauce
1/2 cup pickled jalapeño peppers (sliced)
1 cup Italian salad dressing

2/3 cup Butter flavored shortening
4 cups Heart Smart Bisquick baking mix (plus an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
1 cup water

For Caviar: In a medium bowl, combine all the drained beans, corn, salsa or picante, Italian dressing and jalapeño peppers. Mix well and set aside for the flavors to blend while you prepare the breadsticks.

For Breadsticks: If you have an oven, preheat to 400°. Alternately, heat campfire coals to red-hot and allow to turn to ash. In a cast iron skillet (or a 9" x 13") pan, melt the shortening.

In a large mixing bowl, combine baking mix and water. Stir only until the mixture forms a soft dough. Dust a clean and flat surface with additional baking mix. Turn out dough onto the surface. Carefully roll the dough into the additional baking mix. Shape into a loaf and then knead 8 to 10 times. 

Divide dough in half. Roll or pat each half into an 8 by 8 inch square. Cut into sticks (each about 3/4" wide). Roll each stick in the melted shortening in the cast iron skillet. Bake for 14-16 minutes in preheated oven. Do not overcrowd the skillet; it's better to bake in two batches (adding additional melted shortening) if you don't have a large enough skillet or baking pan. Alternately, you can cook the breadsticks over the campfire. Place skillet over hot coals and "bake" for approximately 4 minutes on each side, turning several times. You can test for doneness by breaking a breadstick in half. The insides should be flaky.

Serve Coweta Caviar in small bowls with breadsticks on the side for dipping.


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