Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Football: Beans & Poppers

This calico bean recipe is from my grandma.  Since we cooked the calico beans in the crockpot, the first taste was really sweet.  But then my dad decided to take of the lid and let them sit without a cover for a couple hours.  This decision was positive because it allowed for the beans to absorb all the flavors and to even out between savory and sweet.

Calico Beans
from my grandma, Martha
1/2 lb. of Hamburger, browned
1/2 lb of bacon, cooked crispy
2 medium onions, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
2 cans pork and beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can lima beans

Brown the hamburger in a skillet and cook the bacon until crisp.  Chop the onions.  Dump all ingredients into a crockpot* and let it sit on low overnight or bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.  

*Since we cooked ours in a crockpot we doubled the batch, except we kept the same amount of onions (only 2) and just one can of lima beans.

These jalepeno poppers are interesting because they are not the typical deep fried jalepenos filled with cream cheese.  They are actually healthier (if bacon can be healthy) because they are stuffed with chicken breast and wrapped with a piece of bacon.

Jalepeno Poppers
Chicken breast
Mexican seasoning
Cut jalepenos in half and core out seeds.
Insert a small piece of uncooked chicken breast.
Sprinkle with mexican seasoning on top.
Wrap with a piece of bacon, and insert a toothpick to hold it together.
Grill or bake until cooked through (about 20 minutes or so).
Sprinkle with cheese, and enjoy!

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