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Arroz con carne: an adventure in Meatland

There is a very, very slim line between juicy meat and tough, chewy mess. We all probably know that from one experience or another. I must say, though, that I feel like I’ve had my fair share of “tough times.”

Today, I’d been planning a crock pot recipe for you. Rejoice, you crock pot-less readers of mine! This recipe is delicious, simple, and really, really tasty. A small caveat for you though: those of you who don’t like it spicy should skip or massively cut down on the chipotle puree you put into the sauce.

This dish, though, is quite nice…it comes out soft, moist, tender, and just spicy enough to kick your mouth into action. The rice beneath it  soaks up all that lovely, delicious gravy, and…it’s just delicious. I served it with some roasted broccoli, and it made for a very tasty meal.

If you decide you don’t want to go through all the work of cutting up an eye of round roast, just buy as much chuck roast, puree up the sauce and stick it in the crock pot. Easy as pie!

Pheasant’s arroz con carne

10 oz eye of round roast (or similar non-marbled cut), heavily chilled

4 whole tomatoes, cored and seeded

3 tbsp beef or chicken broth, or tomato juice

1/2 c thinly-sliced onion

3 cloves garlic

3 tbsp canned enchilada sauce (or bottled salsa)

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp chipotle puree (or adobo sauce)

Puree together all the ingredients but the meat. Taste and adjust for salt.

Thinly slice your meat. You want it somewhere between average deli roast beef slices and about 1/3 centimeter. The thinner the better.

In a 10-12″ skillet with a lid, pour in the sauce and put the meat pieces in, making sure to cover each piece in the sauce. Add a little beef broth to thin it out if need be, but it’s unlikely.

Set the pan to medium-low. Bring it to a simmer and let the meat go for 3-4 hours, checking occasionally for tenderness. The liquid should never quite come to a boil, but it should have the occasional bubble.

Once your meat is done, dish it up over some rice, and enjoy! 

 

 

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Midnight Cowboy Muffins

Mmm...can you see those huge, beautiful bits of pepper?

Pheasants, you’re in for a treat tonight!

You see, I’ve got a mad craving. This morning’s spicy shirred eggs didn’t take the edge off it, either…I’m still mad about all things spicy. And so, in honor of that, I’ve decided to make some Midnight Cowboy spicy chipotle muffins.

I also made some sweet honey ones, but mostly, these are just what they sound like: sweet corn muffins with a spicy, smoky kick from the chipotle. I added a roasted red pepper for sweetness, and mixed in some cheddar for ooey, gooey pleasure, and they made these muffins beautiful, savory, and absolutely out of this world.

I served them all (sweet and spicy alike) with my quick chipotle compound butter. Pair them with barbecued meats, beans, or rotisserie chicken. Or,  you can do what I did, and just eat them warm from the oven, with a smile on your face. This, pheasants, is truly what dreams are made of.

Midnight Cowboy Muffins

1/2 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c sweet cornmeal

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 egg

3 tbsp reduced fat sour cream

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 chipotle pepper, minced or pureed

1/2 tsp adobo sauce

1/3 large roasted bell pepper, seeded and minced

3 tbsp finely diced cheddar

So, I split my muffin recipe to make two sweet and four spicy. You don’t have to, but if you want an entire batch of sweet muffins, just mix in 3 tbsp or more of honey after the second paragraph.

Butter and line with cornmeal six average-sized muffin tins. Preheat your oven to 375°F (191°C.)

Mix all your dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, sour cream and vegetable oil. Mix wet into dry and stir to combine.

Add in the chiles, pepper and cheddar, stir to mix well, and place into 6 muffin tins. If you like, drizzle them with honey and pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until done. Let cool, and enjoy with my Chipotle Compound Butter!

See how warm they were? Mmm. These didn't last long at all!

Chipotle Compound Butter

1 1/2 tsp adobo sauce

1/2 tsp honey

1/2 stick softened butter

Mix them together. Roll up into a piece of saran wrap and refrigerate until firm, or just use as is!

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