Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bow Tie Crab Casserole

2 cups crab meat, I have leftover king crab so thats what i'm using
1 pound bow tie noodles, cooked
4 oz. velveeta, cut into cubes
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup fontina cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
4 cups milk
2 to 3 drops hot sauce(optional)

Make It:
Preheat oven to 350. Heat a large pot over medium heat, add butter and melt. Once butter is melted whisk in flour. When flour and butter are combined whisk in milk one cup at a time. Bring to a low boil, stirring often to avoid burning. Once boiling reduce heat a little and allow mixture to cook and thicken for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in velveeta, cheddar, fontina, and 1/2 cup parmesan. Stir until combined and cheese is completely melted. Stir in hot sauce. Add in noodles and crab and stir to combine. Spray a large casserole dish with pam, and pour noodle mixture into dish. Mix together panko and parmesan, sprinkle onto top of casserole. Bake for thirty to forty five minutes until bread crumbs are golden brown. Enjoy!

Chili Seasoning Mix

6 tablespoons new mexico chile powder
6 teaspoons paprika
3 tablespoons granulated garlic
3 tablespoons pasilla chile powder
3 tablespoons cumin
6 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons ground black pepper

Make It:
Mix all together and store in a jar. Can be used in chilis, beans, as a steak rub or for whatever you want. Enjoy!

4 Bean Chili

2 cups dry black beans
2 cups dry kidney beans
2 cups dry cranberry beans
1 can ranch style beans
1 pound ground beef
1 pound pork stew meat
2 small or 1 large green bell pepper, diced
3 jalapenos, diced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 onion, diced
8 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
1 small can salsa verde
salt and pepper and red chile flakes to taste

Make It:
Soak all dry beans in enough water to cover, overnight. Heat a large pot over medium heat, add beef to the pot, cook breaking up with a spoon until browned. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos to meat, cook and stir till softened. Drain off extra fat if needed. Add beans, pork, tomatoes, salsa verde and seasoning, stir together( if mixture seems to thick add a little water, beer, or beef broth).Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Uncover taste and add salt, pepper and red chile flakes if needed. Allow to cook for another hour uncovered. Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Enjoy!