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February 11, 2013

Valentine’s Day dinner from the Made in Oklahoma Coalition

Spread love with these delicious recipes from MIO

OKLA. CITY — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re planning a night in with good friends or a romantic evening at home with your lovebird, Made in Oklahoma Coalition offers three recipes that are sure to impress.

The following recipes for Hot Mama Pasta, Sweet-Hot Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette and Chocolate-Covered Cherry Ice Cream Pie include ingredients from MIO member companies, including products from Schwab and Company, Suan’s Foods Inc. and Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores.

 

Hot Mama Pasta

 

Ingredients:

Two tablespoons olive oil

One-half onion, chopped

One-half bell pepper, chopped

One carrot, finely chopped

One (12.8-ounce) package Schwab’s Jalapeno Cheddar Smoked Sausage, cut into 1-inch slices

Three cloves garlic, minced

One (6-ounce) can tomato paste

One (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes

One-half cup red wine from an Oklahoma winery

One-half teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

One teaspoon sugar

One-fourth teaspoon salt

One-fourth teaspoon pepper

Two tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil

One tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Two tablespoons dried parsley flakes

 

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium to medium-high heat. Cook the onion, bell pepper and carrot for five to seven minutes. Add sausage, stirring with the onion mixture, cooking about two minutes. Add garlic, cooking about one minute, making sure not to burn.

Add tomato paste, tomatoes, wine, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and parsley flakes. If using fresh herbs, add them just before serving. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring to blend ingredients.

Serve over cooked rigatoni or penne pasta. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

 

Sweet-Hot Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

 

Ingredients:

One-fourth cup Suan’s Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly

Three tablespoons olive oil

Two tablespoons balsamic vinegar

One-fourth cup pine nuts

One-fourth teaspoon cayenne pepper

One (5- to 8-ounce) bag baby spinach

One-half cup goat cheese crumbles

Three tablespoons pomegranate seeds

 

Instructions:

In a small saucepan, heat the pepper jelly until it comes to a simmer. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine pine nuts with cayenne pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet, and cook for six minutes or until fragrant.

Combine pepper jelly, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss dressing with spinach. Top with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds.

 

Chocolate-Covered Cherry

Ice Cream Pie

 

Ingredients:

15 Oreo cookies

One-fourth cup Braum’s unsalted butter, melted

One-half quart or two cups Braum’s Premium Bordeaux Cherry Amaretto ice cream, softened

One-half quart or two cups Braum’s Premium Chocolate ice cream, softened

One cup miniature chocolate chips

One jar maraschino cherries

Whipped cream for garnish

Chocolate fudge for garnish

 

Instructions:

Place cookies in the bowl of a food processor. Process until crumbled. Add butter, then process until crumbs are incorporated with the butter. Press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove to a rack, and cool completely before filling.

Spread softened cherry ice cream into bottom of the cookie crust. Top with chocolate chips.

Reserve eight cherries from the jar of cherries. Chop the remaining cherries and spread among the chocolate chips.

Spread softened chocolate ice cream on top of the chips and cherries. Cover, and freeze for four hours or until firm.

Spread whipped cream on top, drizzle with fudge sauce and top with cherries.

You can find these recipes and more on the MIO website, www.miocoalition.com, or download the free MIO iPhone app to find recipes, restaurants and more by visiting

miocoalition.com/mioapp/.

 

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition promotes brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food and agricultural products through collective marketing for the purpose of increasing sales, maintaining business retention and expanding Oklahoma's food and agricultural processing sector. MIO represents more than 40 Oklahoma food and agricultural manufacturers that employ over 20,000 Oklahomans statewide. The coalition is supported by both private and public funds. For more information, please visit miocoalition.com.

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