Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sloppy Sliders, Crispy Curry Green Bean Fries

I'm back! And I am ready to eat food, and most importantly, share it! I am still considering whether or not I want to make a thanksgiving dinner, because I missed out on eating delicious thanksgiving day food this year, but I might just move on and make sure my Christmas dinner is extra special. Thank god I have recovered with time remaining to still make holiday treats like fudge and candy, coming soon.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

2 tbl canola oil
1 small yellow onion, small dice
1 green bell pepper, small dice
1 package smart ground meat crumbles
1 tbl chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1-6oz can tomato paste
1 cup water
3 tbl apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
small dinner rolls or large hamburger buns, toasted

In a large soup pot, heat the oil and saute the onions and bell pepper until soft, 10 minutes. Add the meat crumbles and saute to brown, 4 minutes. Add all of the spices and toss. Add the tomato paste and cook for a couple of minutes to get rid of the raw tomato flavor. De-glaze the bottom of the pan with 1 cup of water, scraping up all the bits. Add the vinegar and brown sugar and simmer the mixture over medium low heat for 15 minutes.

Crispy Curry Green Bean Fries

1/4 lb green beans, ends trimmed
1 cup cornstarch
2 tbl curry powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
Canola oil for frying

Fill a large stock pot with oil and bring to 360 degrees. In a large paper bag, add the cornstarch, curry, salt and pepper. Toss the green beans in the cornstarch mixture and add to oil. Fry until crispy and slightly browned. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

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