Monday, September 8, 2008

Great taste! No waste!

I have a favorite restaurant in the Chicago area - Portillo's. One of their menu items is a Garbage Salad. This is how they describe it -

"It's got a bunch of junk in it! Like blah, blah, blah... and on top of all that garbage is a trashy ... dressing."

I have only ordered it once (the Chopped Salad is what I love), but the memory of this unique dish inspired our dinner tonight - Garbage Stew.

This really is yummy!

We are off on a business trip for a couple of days and the refrigerator is filled with leftovers... bits too small to make a meal, but too much to toss.... hence, Garbage Stew with a "bunch of junk in it."

To give my hungry hubby some reason to look forward to this meal, I did make Southwest Cheddar Muffins, hot from the oven, slathered with soft butter. It doesn't get better than this.

Here's the recipe for the muffins... there is no recipe for Garbage Stew!

Southwest Cheddar Muffins
Makes 12
Preheat oven to 425
Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners

1/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 cup cornmeal (stone ground is best)
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
In a medium bowl, whisk or sift these together.

In another bowl whisk -
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, stirring just until mixed.

Gently fold in -
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup canned green chilies, chopped (optional)

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes. These can make Garbage Stew look like food for kings!

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. Psalm 34:9

1 comment:

The Fenske Family said...

Funny you mentioned the "Garbage Stew" from Portillo's. We were in Chicago twice last week and both times I debated about that salad. I opted for my favorite... the "Chopped Salad". What IS in the "Garbage Salad"? I wonder if next time I should try it.

P.S. The "Garbage Stew" looks wonderful, and so do the muffins.