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Mexican Chicken & Potato Casserole

1 32-oz. pkg. frozen diced hash browns, thawed
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Mexican Style Velveeta Cheese, cubed
2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
2 green onions, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the onions, chilies, jalapeno, corn, beans, red peppers, sour cream, and soup. Add the chicken, cream, and cheeses; combine well. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Bake about 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly, stirring twice while baking. During the last 6-10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the crushed tortillas and green onions over potatoes and return to the oven. Remove casserole and let set 5-10 minutes before serving.

Hoppin’ John

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
2 medium onions, divided
3 large cloves garlic, halved
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, sliced

In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the onion pieces and garlic.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, jalapeno pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

1 lb. bulk sausage
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 lb. fresh jalapeno peppers

Brown sausage, mix with cream cheese and parmesan.

Wash and slice the peppers in half length-wise. Be sure to remove the stem and all the seeds. Fill the peppers with sausage/cheese mixture and place on cookie sheet. (For easier cleanup, line the cookie sheet with foil.) Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Can be baked the night before and then re-heated in the microwave when ready to serve.

Beefy Jalapeno Cornbread

1 cup plus 1 T yellow corn meal, divided
1 cup milk
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup bacon drippings
1 17-oz. can cream style corn*
1-1/2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion
1 8-oz. pkg. cheddar cheese, shredded
4 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped

Combine 1 cup corn meal, milk, eggs, soda, bacon drippings and corn in a bowl. Mix and set aside.

Saute ground beef until lightly browned, drain thoroughly and set aside.

Sprinkle remaining corn meal in a greased 10-1/2 inch iron skillet. Sprinkle evenly with beef, top with onion, then cheese. Add peppers evenly on top. Pour remaining batter over top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

6-8 servings.

*If you are making this gluten-free, be sure to check the label on the creamed corn to make sure it has no wheat gluten in the ingredients.

Jalapeno Corn Bread

1 cup yellow corn meal
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup milk
1 egg, well beaten
½ cup creamed corn
½ cup chopped onion
2 or 3 jalapenos, chopped
2 slices bacon, crumbled
½ cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
¼ cup bacon drippings

Mix first 9 ingredients plus ¼ cup grated cheese in mixing bowl. Add bacon drippings.

Heat iron skillet, grease well. Pour in batter and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in 350 degree over for 35 minutes.

Stuffed Banana Peppers

6 to 8 large banana peppers
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 small tomato, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 to 16 bacon slices

Cut a slit lengthwise in each banana pepper, cutting to, but not through, other side. Remove seeds. Combine cheese and next 6 ingredients. Spoon mixture evenly into each pepper, and wrap each with 2 bacon slices; secure with wooden picks.

Place peppers on a rack in a broiler pan. Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden. Makes 6 to 8 servings.