Sunday, June 23, 2013

I Ain't a Judas (part 2): Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles

The Group adjusts to the presence of Merle and Michonne in the prison. Merle makes the effort to over an awkward apology to Michonne; seeming not to notice when she compares him to a member of the Nazi Gestapo.

Carl and Maggie keep watch when a surprise visitor arrives at the gate. Traveling with a pair of captive Walkers, Andrea has made her way to the prison. She is met with suspicion as Rick searches her and seizes her weapons. Once inside the cellblock, only Carol greets her with any warmth and the two embrace.

Andrea is horrified to see Hershel's injury and learn of the deaths of Shane, Lori and T-Dog. She warns them that the Governor is raising an army and that he intends to fight them. Rick refuses to acknowledge her warnings and instead tells her that they will kill the Governor.

The Group also refuses to waver as Andrea pleads with them to make peace with the Governor. Even Carol privately urges Andrea to give the Governor the greatest night of his life and then "end this" while he sleeps.

The reunion has not been productive and it ends as Rick provides Andrea with a car and returns her weapons. She drives away sadly as the Group looks on. Despite the extra mouths to feed; Hershel would have been adamant that Andrea share a meal with them before she left.

Canned meats and shelf-stable cheese, along with a pastry-crust mix, can be combined into a quick and pleasing version of Chicken Cordon Bleu. The comforting flavors of chicken, ham and cheese will remind your group how much you care.

And when the dead rise; never trust one of Andrea's boyfriends.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles

2 cups Heart-Smart Bisquick baking mix
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp Butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 can SPAM, sliced into four equal slices
2 cans Chicken meat, drained
1-8 oz Velveeta Cheese (Queso Blanco or Original), sliced into four equal slices

Preheat oven to 375°F. Alternately, heat campfire coals to red hot and allow to burn and cover over with white ash.

In a large bowl, combine the baking mix, garlic powder and water. Blend well with a spoon until the mixture forms a ball of dough. Divide dough in half and then divide each half in half again. You should have four equal pieces.

Sprinkle baking mix onto a flat, clean surface. Roll each ball of dough in the baking mix and pat out each into a 6 by 4 inch rectangle.

Place a slice of SPAM lengthwise down the center of each rectangle. Place one slice of cheese on top of the SPAM. Top each slice of cheese with chicken meat, dividing evenly.

Fold the shorter sides of the dough rectangle in towards the meat/cheese mixture. Hold in place while you roll up the dough (jelly-roll style) carefully to enclose the filling. If any of the dough tears while rolling, simply pinch together and reseal.

Place onto greased baking sheet or in greased cast-iron skillet. Repeat the process with remaining dough, meat and cheese. Melt butter-flavored shortening and brush over each dough bundle. Sprinkle each bundle with bread crumbs.

Place baking pan or cast-iron skillet into preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Alternately, place bundles in a cast-iron skillet cover tightly with aluminum foil or a baking sheet placed on top of skillet. Place over campfire coals. Allow to "bake" for 10 minutes and check. Bundles should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. If needed, reseal with foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes.

Serve immediately

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