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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2011, 07:10:37 pm »

Sweet Potato Splendor

Take fresh sweet potatoes, wash them and cut them into bite size chunks.  
Rub them lightly with olive oil, and spread them in a baking dish.  
Put them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  

Pull the pan out of the oven, and with a spatula, loosen the sweet potato chunks from the pan, and flip them around.  
Pour some apple juice in the pan.  Not much, just enough to mostly have a thin layer of it on the bottom of the pan.  
Chop up some walnuts, not finely, just enough to not have really big chunks.  And not too many, just enough to add a little sumpsumpn to the roasted sweet potatoes.  
Also sprinkle in a small amount of salt, and a light amount of either powdered ginger, or if you gots it, chopped candied ginger.  
With the spatula, blend all this, and spread it around the pan.  
As you are blending, add more apple juice, if necessary, to coat all of it.  

Put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes, pulling it out halfway through to flip and check.  
Keep baking until the sweet potato is cooked through.  

Depending on the amount of liquid, the heat of the oven, the age of the sweet potatoes, and other factors, this will either turn out with a delightful roasted and glazed quality, with every sweet potato jewel and every walnut crumb glazed in rich apple goodness, or it will turn into a mush, also very delicious, or somewhere in between.  
Wherever it ends up on the consistency spectrum, it will be delicious and have lots of vitamin A.  
If it's mushy, you can eat it in a bowl with a little half and half poured on.  
Yum.


I've finally bought the ingredients for this awesome-looking dish, and plan to make it tomorrow.

I'll bring it to a potluck New Years Eve.


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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2012, 12:09:58 am »
Time to revive this thread!
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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2012, 04:51:22 pm »
Hi all. I'm planning to bring in a special Halloween dish to work next week. I'd like it to include apricots. Also, one of the people in our office is diabetic and can't have sweets. Anyone have a recipe that would work? I'd be much obliged!
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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2012, 05:16:03 pm »
Fraid not, Lee.

Apricots are sweet in themselves, so I don't see how that could work out.

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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2012, 08:40:20 pm »
A clarification, when I said, "Sweets" I meant sugary items like candy, cake, cookies, etc.
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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2012, 02:45:45 am »
Hi all. I'm planning to bring in a special Halloween dish to work next week. I'd like it to include apricots. Also, one of the people in our office is diabetic and can't have sweets. Anyone have a recipe that would work? I'd be much obliged!


I have a terrific recipe with apricots! Don't know whether it works for your collegue though, it's heavy on the cream side. Maybe ask them beforehand.
The sauce has an orange-y color, so I think it would be nice for Halloween. :)


Schweidelende nach Elsässer Art
(Pork Loin D'Alsace)


The measurements are for 4 people.

1 pork loin
2 or 3 bananas (depends on the size)
1 small can mushrooms (0.8 lb) (you can use fresh ones, of course)
1 small can halved apricots in their juice (0.8lb) (these I really prefer from the can for this recipe. But you don't need the juice)
150g (0.3lb) grated cheese (I use Emmenthal, but think American cheese also works. You need a cheese that melts nicely)

For the sauce:
1/4L (8.33 fl oz) cream
3 good table spoons ketchup
3 good table spoons tomato purée (the thick one, from a tube, not the thin stuff from a carton)

salt, pepper curry, sugar (not much, only as a spice)


Butter a glass casserole dish. Cut loin in medallions and roast gently (it shouldn't be "done" through and through, just roasted from the outside). Put loin in casserole, add some salt and pepper.
Cut bananas in halves twice: once lengthwise, once in right angle (so you get 4 pieces out of each banana).  Roast them gently.
Drain the apricots and cut them in half (so you have 1/4 apricots).
Roast the mushrooms gently.

Put everything on top of the loin in the casserole (casserole is not ready for the oven yet though. Time for the sauce now).

For the sauce: stir all ingedients until it has a viscid texture. If it's too thick, add some milk. Add salt, pepper, sugar and curry spice. Be generous with the curry.


Pour sauce over casserole and put grated cheese on top. Put the casserole in the oven for ca. 1/2 hour at 200°C (392°F)

Served best with Basmati rice.






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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2012, 08:20:00 am »
Wow, this does sound delicious. I'll bet my coworker could eat this because he takes cream in his coffee! Thank you so much, friend, for taking the time to write down this recipe...I can't wait to try it!
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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2012, 10:41:23 am »
Wow, this does sound delicious. I'll bet my coworker could eat this because he takes cream in his coffee! Thank you so much, friend, for taking the time to write down this recipe...I can't wait to try it!

Report back when you do. :)

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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2013, 05:44:31 pm »
We're back!! Fire up your iron skillet friends!
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Re: The Iron Camp Cook Halloween Challenge!
« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2013, 05:48:56 pm »
Yes, Jeff, they were scrummy.  I think they used a deep fryer, but you can approximate the taste.  After rinsing them, slice them very thinly, then saute them in canola oil on very high heat.  I add just a little cumin.  Yum. 

Thanks for the brussels sprouts recipe, Paul. Is it the cumin that makes them scrummin-y?
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