Your Life A to Z Recipe: Monday, January 26th, 2015: Addcitive crips and MT's Sloppy Joes By Mark Tarbell

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Addictive Crisps

Serves 6 to 8

4 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/16” thick

1 to 2 quarts canola oil

1 T pressed garlic

3 T unsalted butter

2 T chopped parsley

1 tsp salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1. Place potatoes in a bowl of cold water and rinse well. Dry completely, using a salad spinner and kitchen or paper towels.

2. Pour about 1-1/2 inches oil in a heavy 8 to 10” saucepan. Do not fill pan more than a quarter full to prevent splattering and boiling over. Heat the oil to 3150, using a deep-fat thermometer to check.

3. Fry the potatoes in batches for about 15 minutes per batch, until light brown and crispy, stirring constantly with a slotted spoon. Drain each batch on paper towels and then remove to a large bowl.

4. Heat butter and garlic over medium heat in a small saucepan. Do not brown garlic. Drizzle mixture over the potatoes.

5. Add the parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix carefully with a rubber spatula. Serve hot.


MT's Sloppy Joes

1 lb ground beef

3 T unsalted butter

1 large onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup diced seeded tomato

2 strips of bacon (for smoke flavor) cut fine dice to melt into mix

3 T Yellow Mustard

1/4 to 1/2 cup Ketchup

1/2 to 1 cups Molasses

Salt to Taste (Lots of It!)

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1/4 tsp Sweet Paprika

1 T Ancho Chile paste

1 T Gunslinger

1 T Red Wine Vinegar

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sear the ground beef until browned. Drain as much of the fat and oil as possible and transfer beef to a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven.

2. In a clean saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add minced onion. Allow to cook slowly for 15 minutes. Do not overbrown. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking until onions are caramelized and garlic is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes longer. Add to beef.

3. Set burner on medium. Add all other ingredients to the beef and stir to combine. When the mixture is simmering lower heat to medium-low.

4. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring regularly, until the sauce is reduced to desired consistency.

5. Check seasoning regularly, and add more as desired in small increments.

6. Serve on a soft Wonder Bread hamburger bun with a slice of organic orange American cheese.