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February 6, 2013

Valentine’s Day dinner from the Made in Oklahoma Coalition

NORMAN — 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 (MIO) offers three recipes that are sure to impress.

 

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 1/4-inch slices

Three cloves garlic, minced

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes

1/2 cup red wine from an Oklahoma winery

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

2 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 2 minutes. Add garlic, cooking about 1 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:

1/4 cup Suan’s Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (5- to 8-ounce) bag baby spinach

1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles

3 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 6 minutes or until fragrant.

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