February 28, 2009

Happy St. Pat's!

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. Today, St. Pat's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds and is known as "the wearing of the green".

Celebrate St. Pat's Day by surprising your family & friends with a green fiesta! We found some exciting recipes in "From the Queen's Kitchen". Permission to reprint the recipes has been granted by Adobe Milling in Dove Creek, Colorado.

GREEN CHILI BURRITOS by Regina Willbanks
  • 2½ cups PINTO BEANS, cooked
  • 1 lb. HAMBURGER
  • ½ cup chopped ONIONS
  • 2 fresh GARLIC CLOVES, crushed
  • 1 tsp. CHILI POWDER
  • 4 oz. chopped GREEN CHILIES
  • 1 large TOMATO, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded CHEESE
  • 2½ oz. can sliced BLACK OLIVES
Brown the hamburger, add onions & garlic. Cook until onions are tender. Add beans, chili powder, salt, pepper and green chilies to taste. With a mixer on low speed mix until blended. Spoon filling over the flour tortillas and place seam side down in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Top with green chili sauce, cover and bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese, black olives and tomatoes. Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.

  • GREEN CHILI BEAN SOUP by Nancy McGrath
    (Blue Ribbon 1982)
    • 4 cups PINTO BEANS
    • 1 chopped ONION
    • 3 cloves GARLIC
    • ½ lb. PORK SPARERIBS
    • 2 tsp. SALT
    • 4 chopped GREEN CHILIES
    Cook together in slow cooker for 10 to 12 hours.