The Edmond Sun
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
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
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
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
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.
Ice Cream Pie
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
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
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.