Bell Pepper Turkey Wrap

April 17, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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For this week’s 2nd Jennie – O Recipe I have a Bell Pepper Turkey Wrap. Made using JENNIE-O® Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast, Cream Cheese, Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Monterey Jack Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato Basil Tortillas, and Lettuce Leaves. Wrap it up! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Bell Pepper Turkey Wrap
This wrap recipe ticks every box for for flavor, with loads of fresh, crunchy veggies, a creamy ranch spread and a spicy kick from diced cracked pepper deli turkey.

INGREDIENTS
4 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning mix
2 tablespoons salsa
6 ounces diced JENNIE-O® Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast, from the service deli
2 tablespoons diced cucumber
2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 sun dried tomato basil tortillas
8 lettuce leaves

DIRECTIONS
1) In bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch seasoning and salsa; mix until smooth. Add diced turkey, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and cheese. Gently fold ingredients together.
2) Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over tortillas. Layer lettuce and turkey mixture. Roll tortilla and filling. Cut in half diagonally.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 270
Protein 16g
Carbohydrates 21g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Fat 4g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 860mg
Saturated Fat 7g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/600-bell-pepper-turkey-wrap

One of America’s Favorites – Tostada (tortilla)

April 13, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Shrimp Tostada

Shrimp Tostada

Tostada (/tɒˈstɑːdə/ or /toʊˈstɑːdə/; Spanish: [tosˈtaða]) is a Spanish word meaning “toasted”. In Mexico and other parts of Latin America, it is the name of various local dishes which are toasted or use a toasted ingredient as the main base of their preparation.

Tostada usually refers to a flat or bowl-shaped (like a bread bowl) tortilla that is deep fried or toasted. It may also refer to any dish using a tostada as a base. It can be consumed alone, or used as a base for other foods. Corn tortillas are usually used for tostadas, although tostadas made of wheat flour may occasionally be found.

The tostada avoids waste when tortillas are not fresh enough to be made into tacos, but fresh enough to be eaten, just like stale bread can be eaten as toast. The tortilla is fried in boiling oil until it becomes golden, rigid and crunchy, rather like a slice of toasted bread. Commercial tostadas—similar in taste and consistency to tortilla chips—are also widely available nowadays.

A tostada is served as a companion to various Mexican food, mostly seafood and stews, such as menudo, birria, and pozole. The latter is usually accompanied with tostadas dipped in sour cream. Tostadas can be found anywhere in Mexico, but Oaxaca has the largest, the tlayuda; it is the size of a pizza and is sometimes topped with fried chapulines (a variety of grasshoppers).

Tostadas are a dish on their own in Mexico and the American Southwest. Mostly, the toppings used are the same as with tacos: beans, cheese, sour cream, chopped lettuce, sliced onions, and salsa are mainstays that may be spread on a tostada, which is then topped with diced and fried meat, usually chicken or pork, and also beef. They are also popular with seafood such as tuna, shrimp, crab, chopped octopus, and ceviche. Vegetarian tostadas, while not as common, can also be found. Due to the fragile nature of a tostada, the main topping (usually beans or cream) must be pasty enough to stay on; this keeps the other toppings or garnishes from falling off while being eaten.

Tostadas can also be an appetizer (“botana”), cut into small triangles to make tortilla chips to dip into salsa, guacamole, beans, cream, cream cheese or served with chile con queso. This version of the tostada has its origins both in the “totopos de maiz” and the New Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Commercial tortilla chips—sometimes known as “nachos”—are also commonly sold in stores and supermarkets.

In Central America, tostadas are often prepared with black beans, parsley, ground beef and curtido.

 

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE

April 8, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE. Now this is a Spring Dish, BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE. It’s made using Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon Strips, Oil, Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Leaves, and Sweet Basil Vinaigrette. Also included is a recipe for the Sweet Basil Vinaigrette. Another good one from Wild Idea Buffalo! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon Strips along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO BACON CAPRESE SALAD WITH SWEET BASIL VINAIGRETTE
Fresh garden tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are a dynamo combination. Adding butter lettuce and buffalo bacon… make it even better!

Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Ingredients:

2 – cups basil leaves, packed
1 – cup rice vinegar
1/3 – cup sugar
1 – teaspoon salt
2 – teaspoons black pepper
¾ – cup olive oil

Salad Ingredients: (per salad)
2 – Buffalo Bacon strips
1 – tablespoon oil
1 – cup lettuce, washed dried and torn
8 – cherry tomatoes, halved (or tomato slices)
2 – ounces fresh mozzarella, torn or sliced
8 – small fresh basil leaves, whole and julienned
Sweet Basil Vinaigrette
2 – teaspoons balsamic glaze *try Gia Russo brand

Preparation:
1) Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in blender, except olive oil and blend until incorporated. With the blender running slowly add the olive oil. Transfer to a jar or sealed container.
2) In a frying pan over medium high heat, heat oil. Add Buffalo Bacon and cook for two minutes each side, or to your desired crispiness. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel.
3) Toss lettuce with a tablespoon of vinaigrette and arrange on a plate.
4) Top with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.
5) Add bacon to the plate, and pour an additional tablespoon or desired amount of the dressing over the whole salad.
6) Drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-bacon-caprese-salad-with-sweet-basil-vinaigrette-1

 

WILD IDEA SMOKED BUFFALO BACON
Bacon lovers, this is for you! Our Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon is a staff favorite and a customer favorite. It is 100% grass-fed, and has a hint of sweetness for full bacon flavor. No need to deny your love of bacon any longer with Wild Idea Buffalo Bacon!

Ingredients: 100% Grass-fed Buffalo, organic sea salt, maple syrup, brown sugar, veg stable [ celery powder, sea salt, silicon dioxide (anti-caking)]

*All products are made without the use of added nitrites or nitrates, except for those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery powder.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/products/10-oz-uncured-smoked-buffalo-bacon

Turkey Tacos and Refried Beans

March 19, 2020 at 6:40 PM | Posted in beans, Bush's, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Old El Paso Products, Ortega, Sargento's Cheese, tacos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Tacos and Refried Beans

 

 

For Breakfast I Scrambled a couple of Eggs, fried up some Glier’s Turkey Goetta, and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Well Isolation continues. Both me and Mom are fine but Mom being 92 its not a good idea for her to be out, but most everything is shutdown around here anyway but a few Grocery Stores. Then its hard for me to go out and possibly pick up something and then she gets it. Just best to in for a couple of weeks. We’ll sure be glad when this virus finally passes! Cleaned the house today, dusted and ran the sweeper. For Dinner tonight I prepared Turkey Tacos and Refried Beans.

 

We love our Turkey Tacos, great Comfort food for us! When making Turkey Tacos I always use Jennie -O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast! Love all the Jennie -O Turkey Products, always fresh and low calorie and low carb. But Jennie -O Products are difficult to find in this area. Meijer is the only place that now carries it, and they have an okay selection of it. So I started by frying the Ground Turkey till it was no longer pink in Extra Light Olive Oil and seasoning it with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Cilantro Flakes. As the Turkey was finishing cooking I added, 1 can OF Bush’s Chili Beans – Black Beans, 1 package of Old El Paso Low Sodium Taco Seasoning and 2/3 cup Water, continued to cook and stir for an additional 6 minutes. Jennie -O, Bush’s Beans, and Old El Paso together make one fine Taco!

 

For the rest of my toppings I used; Sargento Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Mexican, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce, Sliced Jalapenos, and Shredded Lettuce. For my Taco Shells I used the Old El Paso Stand N’ Stuff Taco Shells (Whole Grain Corn). Add the Jennie – O Turkey and you got you some mouth watering and delicious Tacos! Love these Taco Nights. I also heated up a can of Old El Paso Fat Free Refried Beans for a side for Mom. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast

Our leanest ground turkey, all natural, 99 percent fat-free with no gluten.
Product Features:
99% fat-free
Gluten Free
All Natural

20-oz (1.25 lbs) or 40-oz package (2.5 lbs)

Cooking Instructions:
STOVE TOP METHOD:
* Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
* Add ground turkey to hot skillet.
* Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes.
* Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Calories 120 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 15 Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 1.5 g Protein 26 g
Saturated Fat .5 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 55 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 70 mg Calcium 0%
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Old El Paso Stand n’Stuff Taco Shell

Taco Shells are deliciously crunchy corn shells! Each shell is made with sunflower oil, so they are low in salt and cholesterol. Just fill with seasoned beef mince, fresh salad, cheese and Taco sauce and get crunching!

STAND N STUFF® TACO SHELLS
Stand’n Stuff® Taco Shells are deliciously crunchy, corn shells with a flat bottom so they stand up! What’s more, each Taco shell is made with sunflower oil, so they are low in salt and cholesterol! Just fill with seasoned beef mince, fresh salad, cheese and Taco sauce for a Mexican fiesta everyone will enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 shells (27 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 54
Total Fat 6.0g 9%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 115 mg 5%
Carbohydrates 16.0g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 2.0g
http://www.oldelpaso.com.au/products/shells/stand-n-stuff-taco-shells-140g/23.aspx

Mukilteo Turkey Slammer

March 13, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 1 Comment
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I’ve got a second Jennie – O Turkey Burger to pass along, Mukilteo Turkey Slammer. Nothing like a delicious Burger and a Beer, well how about a Beer in your Burger! This one is made using JENNIE-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, Cheese Curds, Salt, Pepper, 1 Can of Beer, Hamburger Buns, Lettuce, Tomato, and Red Onion. Ground Turkey, Cheese Curds, and Beer has to be a great Burger! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Mukilteo Turkey Slammer
Love burgers? Love cheese curds? How about beer? These turkey patties combine the above ingredients to become the answer to your burger prayers. Under 300 calories per serving!
Ingredients
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
¾ cup cheese curds, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired
1 (12-ounce) can beer
4 hamburger buns, split, buttered and toasted
4 lettuce leaves
4 slices tomato
4 slices red onion

Directions
1 – In mixing bowl, combine turkey, cheese curds, salt and pepper, if desired. Shape into 4 patties, approximately ½-inch thick.

2 – Preheat non-stick skillet over medium high. Place patties in skillet and cook 6 minutes per side. Add beer to skillet, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes to infuse beer flavor. Always cook turkey to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

3 – Place patty on bottom half of bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion and bun top.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 290
Protein 36g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Fat 3g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 440mg
Saturated Fat 1g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/520-mukilteo-turkey-slammer

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Club Sandwich

March 6, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Turkey Club Sandwich. Made using JENNIE-O DELI FAVORITES Oven Roasted or Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast and JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon. Along with Reduced-Fat Cheddar Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato, and Lettuce and its all on a toasted Whole Grain Bread! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Club Sandwich

When it comes to sandwiches, the Turkey Club is the best there is. With crunchy cucumbers, toasted bread and crispy turkey bacon, this is a Club the whole family will want to join.

INGREDIENTS

8 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon
4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
8 slices reduced-calorie whole grain bread, toasted
8 ounces thinly sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, or Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
4 ounces thinly sliced reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 lettuce leaves

DIRECTIONS

1) Cook turkey bacon as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Set aside. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and horseradish. Spread mixture on toasted bread slices.
2) Top with turkey breast, cheese, onion, tomato, bacon and lettuce. Place remaining toasted bread on top
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 330
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 6g
Sugars 4g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 840mg
Saturated Fat 6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/34-turkey-club-sandwich

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Upside-Down Taco

March 2, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | 1 Comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Upside-Down Taco. I’ve got a Protein Packed, Delicious, and Healthy Upside-Down Taco. Made using Fat-Free Refried Beans, Dry Taco Seasoning Mix, Cooking Spray, White Rice, Chopped Green Chilies, Finely Shredded Reduced-Fat Mild Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Diced Tomato, Purple Onion, Baked Tortilla Chips, Fat-Free Sour Cream, and Salsa. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Upside-Down Taco
Ingredients
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes

1 can (16 ounces) fat-free refried beans
1 tablespoon dry taco seasoning mix
Cooking spray
2 cups cooked white rice (warm slightly if using leftover rice)
1 can (4 1/4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded, reduced-fat, mild Cheddar cheese
Toppings:
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped purple onion
2 cups crumbled baked tortilla chips (about 30 chips)
4 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
4 tablespoons salsa

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe

* Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, stir together beans and taco seasoning until mixed well. Set aside. Coat an 8″ x 8″ pan with cooking spray. Layer rice in bottom of pan. Dollop on seasoned refried beans and spread over rice. Spoon on green chilies. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. (At this point, the casserole can be refrigerated for baking later.) Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and beans are heated through. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 10 minutes. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, and crumbled tortilla chips. (If all of the casserole will not be eaten at one time, then add these toppings to each individual serving, because they will not reheat well when the rice/bean portion of the casserole is reheated. Store remaining toppings in individual zip-top bags.)

Use a large spatula to serve. Each serving may be garnished with 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1 tablespoon salsa.

This recipe can be doubled to make a 9″ x13″ casserole.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 345 calories, Carbohydrates: 57 g, Protein: 18 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 1,217 mg*, Fiber: 6 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/upside-down-taco/

 

 

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Chicken, Bacon, Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Honey Mustard and Lettuce Hoagie w/ Baked Fries

January 10, 2020 at 6:38 PM | Posted in Boar's Head, chicken, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken, Bacon, Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Honey Mustard and Lettuce Hoagie w/ Baked Fries

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I made a Egg White Ham and Cheese Omelet. I used Egg Beater’s Egg Whites, Meijer Diced Ham,  and Sargento Off the Block Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I also toasted a slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It’s one rainy day out there today. Rain and 59 degrees out today. House cleaned today, ran the vacuum and dusted. Then straightened up the pantry. For Dinner tonight a Chicken, Bacon, Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Honey Mustard and Lettuce Hoagie w/ Baked Fries.

 

A Chicken, Bacon, Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Honey Mustard and Lettuce Hoagie sure sounded goods for Dinner tonight! I have seen a few on cooking shows recently and just thought it was time to have one. I’ll need a package of Thin Cut Chicken Breasts, Boar’s Head Vermont Cheddar, French’s Honey Mustard, Butter Lettuce, and a Meijer Perfection Wheat Mini Hoagie Bun.

 

 

 

 

I bought a package of Katie’s Best Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts at Meijer a day ago and I’ll be using those. To prepare them, this morning I removed a couple of them from the package and froze the remainder. I put the Chicken in a large Hefty Plastic Bag and added Buttermilk and Frank’s Hot sauce to bag. Squeezed the bag together making sure to fully cover both Chicken Breasts and sat the bag in the fridge to marinate until ready to use.

 

 

 

I turned the oven on to 400 degrees. Then to prepare the Chicken I first got a Cast Iron Skillet out. Added a 1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil to it and heated the skillet on medium heat. As the skillet was heating got the bag with Chicken marinating out of the fridge. Took the Chicken out of the bag and shook off the excess Buttermilk and Hot Sauce Marinade, I seasoned them with Salt and Pepper. I then put a couple of tablespoons of Flour, that I Seasoned with Paprika, a in pie pan and rolled the Chicken Breasts in the Flour, making sure both sides were covered with the Flour.

 

With the Cast Iron heated I added the Chicken Breasts. Cooked them 2 minutes a side and then finished them off in the oven. I flipped them over 1 more time and continued to cook them until I had a temperature reading of 165°F. As I removed them from the oven I added a slice of Boar’s Head Vermont Cheddar Cheese to them. The Chicken came out Golden Brown!

 

 

 

 

To make my Hoagie I’ll need Bacon, Vermont Cheddar Cheese (already added), Honey Mustard, Lettuce, and the Wheat Hoagie Buns. I used Smithfield Hickory Smoked Bacon that I had fried earlier this afternoon. I only needed about about 2 slices per Hoagie but as always when frying Bacon you have to double the amount you prepare because you end up eating half of what you fix!

 

 

 

 

So I split the Hoagie Buns in 1/2. On the bottom Bun I added the Honey Mustard putting a nice slathering across the Bun. I love that word slathering, it just sounds like something good is coming! So then I added the Lettuce, the Cheese topped Chicken Breast, the Bacon, and the top Bun. The Hoagie was delicious!

 

 

 

To go with Hoagie I baked some Ore Ida Crinkle Cut Fries, served with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits of Chicken Breast
Chicken breast is an excellent source of low-fat protein. Protein helps your body to maintain muscle mass and also helps you to build muscle if you are participating in a strength program. Chicken breast is also a very good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, and niacin.

One of America’s Favorites – Po’ boy

October 21, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A po’ boy (also po-boy, po boy) is a traditional sandwich from Louisiana. It almost always consists of meat, which is usually roast beef or fried seafood, often shrimp, crawfish, fish, oysters or crab. The meat is served on baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust and fluffy center.

Roast beef was New Orleans’ most popular po’boy filler up to the 1970s and fried oyster po’boys are popular enough that they are sometimes called an oyster loaf, but the fillings can be almost anything, according to Sarah Rohan who in her book Gumbo Tales mentions fried shrimp, catfish, crawfish, Louisiana hot sausage, fried chicken, baked ham, duck, and rabbit.

A “dressed” po’ boy has lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise. Fried seafood po’ boys are often dressed by default with melted butter and sliced pickle rounds. A Louisiana style hot sauce is optional. Non-seafood po’ boys will also often have Creole mustard.

The New Orleans sloppy roast beef po’ boy is generally served hot with gravy and resembles a Chicago Italian beef sandwich in appearance and method of preparation, although the size, bread, and toppings differ. To make it, a cut of beef (usually chuck or shoulder) is typically simmered in beef stock with seasonings such as garlic, pepper, thyme, and bay for several hours. The beef can be processed into “debris” by cutting it to shreds when done (folklore says that a po’ boy roast is done when it “falls apart with a hard stare”) and simmering the shredded beef in the pot for a longer time to absorb more of the juice and seasoning.

A roast beef po' boy

A roast beef po’ boy

In the late 1800s fried oyster sandwiches on French loaves were known in New Orleans as “oyster loaves”, a term still in use. A sandwich containing both fried shrimp and fried oysters is often called a “peacemaker” or La Médiatrice.

The origin of the name is unknown. A popular local theory claims that “po’ boy”, as specifically referring to a type of sandwich, was coined in a New Orleans restaurant owned by Benny and Clovis Martin (originally from Raceland, Louisiana), former streetcar conductors. In 1929, during a four-month strike against the streetcar company, the Martin brothers served their former colleagues free sandwiches. The Martins’ restaurant workers jokingly referred to the strikers as “poor boys”, and soon the sandwiches themselves took on the name. In Louisiana dialect, this is naturally shortened to “po’ boy”.

One New Orleans historian finds the Martin claim suspicious for several reasons, starting with the fact that it wasn’t described by the local press until 40 years after the strike, and that prior to 1969 the story from the Martin brothers themselves was that they had created the po-boy for farmers, dock workers and other “poor boys” who frequented their original location near the French Market. (The Martin brothers did write a letter, reprinted in local newspapers in 1929, promising to feed the streetcar workers, but it referenced “our meal” and made no mention of sandwiches.)

Fried shrimp po' boy at Middendorf's

Fried shrimp po’ boy at Middendorf’s

New Orleans
New Orleans is known for its grand restaurants (see Louisiana Creole cuisine), but more humble fare like the po’ boy is very popular. Po’ boys may be made at home, sold pre-packaged in convenience stores, available at deli counters and most neighborhood restaurants. One of the most basic New Orleans restaurants is the po’ boy shop, and these shops often offer seafood platters, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and other basic Creole dishes.

The two primary sources of po’boy bread are the Leidenheimer Baking Company and Alois J. Binder. There is fierce competition between po’ boy shops, and resident opinions of the best po’ boy shop varies widely.

Each year there is a festival in New Orleans dedicated to the po’ boy, the Oak Street Po’Boy Festival. It is a one-day festival that features live music, arts, and food vendors with multiple types of po’ boys. It is held in mid-November along a commercial strip of Oak Street in the city’s Carrollton neighborhood. The festival gives “best-of” awards, which gives the chefs an incentive to invent some of the most creative po’ boys.

Authentic versions of Louisiana-style po’ boys can be found along the Gulf Coast, from Houston through the Florida Panhandle. The term “po’ boy” has spread further and can be found in the South Atlantic States and in California, where it may instead refer to local variations on the submarine sandwich.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Keeping lettuce fresh………….

To make sure iceberg lettuce last as long as possible, you should remove the innermost before you store it. An easy way to do this is to hit the lettuce against a hard surface and then twist the core out.

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