Viewer Recipe Night – Pt. 5!
What’s on the Menu: Viewer Request Night – Pt. 5!
Lemon Soda Apple Dumplings (viewer request, thank you Hina!): see recipe below
Tacos (viewer request, thank you Fatman!): see recipe below
Chickpea Shawarma Substitute: https://minimalistbaker.com/chickpea-shawarma-sandwich/
New Dutch Oven??? Let’s put it to good use! Hina gave us this recipe to try out, but of course I had to adjust a little bit. The last time he made this recipe was outside on a campfire, so I had to monitor the cooking process a little differently than he had to. For one, my cook time was a little longer that his, just absorbing/evaporating the liquids so the dumplings were not swimming. We also debated in chat about leaving the skins on apples or not. I made half of mine with the skins off and half without. I think afterwards my preferences it to remove the skins of the apple just for texture, but it did not have a noticeable impact on how it cooked. I also played with filling the dumplings with cinnamon sugar and some only coating on top. The outcome? Cinnamon sugar everywhere!!! For pouring the soda, it was easiest to pour on the walls of the Dutch oven rather than putting directly on top, this way the sugar wasn’t pushed off the dumplings.
Taco Time! Fatman lent me his recipe for how he likes to season his taco meat. These tasted really good and did not need any adjusting to flavor afterwards.
I also had some fun with his tacos though! I had some pineapple already cut up, so I threw it into a skillet with some butter, paprika, and cumin and cooked it up. I cooked the pineapple to where some of the moisture was gone (med-high heat, 10 minutes) and then put them in some hard taco shells with the meat I had prepped. Then we baked our taco’s lightly in the oven with some mozzarella cheese in the oven for a short period of time.
Out of curiosity, I had found this recipe on how to season chickpeas to taste like a substitute for shawarma, so I wanted to try it compared to Fatman’s taco seasonings on the meat. Turns out, it was really good! And the texture of the chickpeas was surprising, turned out to be a nice snack throughout the week as well.
Meal Prep: I made two separate dishes for my husband and myself. For him, I put some of the taco meat, cooked pineapple, and spinach for him to eat with some warm tortillas or he could mix all together. For me, I mixed the chickpeas with taco meat, then some spinach as a nice little salad. Very yummy!
Lemon Soda Apple Dumplings:
Two large granny smith apples
1 12oz can of lemon-lime soda
2 8oz cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
1 stick of butter
1 c sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Use a Dutch Oven large enough to accomodate all the apple dumplings in one layer because they will rise and expand during cooking.
Cut each apple into eight pieces. Wrap each slice in one crescent roll triangle.
Melt a stick of butter in the bottom of the Dutch oven and roll each crescent roll in the butter before placing it down.
Mix cinnamon and sugar and then sprinkle all over the apple dumplings. (mix the sugar and cinnamon together rather than dusting separately on top to incorporate flavor better). Carefully pour soda over to not wash away the sugar.
Based on oven size, adjust the amount of briquettes on top and bottom and bake until dumplings turn golden brown (in conventional oven about 30 minutes at 350 degrees). If it doesn’t work properly, it comes out like an apple cobbler!!
Tacos are chilli powder, cummin, garlic salt and cayenne powder…and a pound of 80/15 ground turkey… add however much of each you think… that’s what I do…. (words from our wise Fatman :P)
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