Sunday, July 22, 2007

I am inundated, but not yet satiated with green beans... snap snap, pitch them in the pan. I'm prepping to make dilly green beans. Peter the dog loves a crispy bean and settles in for a good chew.

Recipe for dilly beans...
2 pounds green or yellow beans (I use a combo..)
1/4 cups canning salt
2 1/2 cups vinegar
2 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 0r chunks or whole fresh hot pepper)
Cloves of garlic, Heads and chunks of dill and stalk

Trim ends off beans. Combine salt, vinegar, and water in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil. Pack beans lengthwise into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Add dill, at least 2 cloves garlic, and pepper to each jar. Ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Cover with caps and process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.

How about Margaret's favorite Green salsa?
8 ounces fresh tomatillos

2 green onions (leave 2 inches green stalk) sliced
1 teas minced seeded jalapeno
1/2 teas minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

1. Remove the papery outer skin and stems from tomatillos. Cut into 1/4's and place in saucepan. Cover the tomatillos with water and bring to a boil. Continue cooking until JUST soft (2-3 mins) Drain immediately, rinse under cold water, drain thoroughly. Cool to room temp.

2. Place cooked Tomatillos, green onion chunks, jalapenos, garlic, and lime juice in a food processor. Pulse on and off about 10 times until well combined. Add cilantro and pulse another 10 times.

3. Place in bowl, salt to taste. Refrigerate covered up to 3 days. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pesky's Fried Green Tomatoes
(This flour mixture is great for frying fish, too. )

6 to 8 Green Tomatoes-
Wash and slice ¼ to 1/8 inch thick. (Thinner will be crispier)

Egg Mixture:
2 eggs, beaten¼ cup buttermilk Add buttermilk to beaten eggs. Mix well.
Flour Mixture:
2 cups flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Instructions: Dip the tomato slices in the egg mixture, then in the flour mixture. Shake off the excess flour, and place in a frying pan with heated oil. (For true decadence add a ¼ cup of bacon grease to the oil.) Fry tomatoes over medium heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

Sweet Dreams!!!


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