March Recipes of the Month 2018
Made in Oklahoma Coalition March 2018
Spring is almost here, and what better way to celebrate the season than with food. In March, we put heavy stews and roasts on hold, and instead turn toward fresh locally grown greens, light dressings, bright jams and jellies and delectable three-bite sliders. These recipes are even better with products made in Oklahoma. For Easter and other spring gatherings, try Made in Oklahoma products to give a boost to the local economy and to your kitchen table.
Chopped salads are on trend for a reason. People are loving the ease of chopping all the ingredients, tossing in dressing and then having it ready to go for a light dinner or lunch. Scissortail Farms' greens, including arugula, spinach, green leaf and romaine, give an earthiness to a chopped salad dressed with Diane's Legendary Italian Dressing, a 50-year-old family recipe now available in Oklahoma grocery stores.
Food at family gatherings doesn't have to be elaborate. Chicken Parm Sliders are a fun recipe to bring out for casual get-togethers. The sliders, made with products including Fast Fixin, Braum's and Lovera's, are easy to assemble and quick to bake.
Nothing says spring like a pretty dessert. One of our favorites is a mini cheesecake topped with Oklahoma-made jam. These little bites make a beautiful presentation when using multiple colors of sweet Garden Club jams and jellies. A rainbow of mini cheesecakes would be welcome at an Easter celebration or spring event.
Scissortail Chopped Salad
This chopped salad is your first taste of spring - fresh, green and bright. The tangy Italian dressing adds great flavor. Since it’s best made in advance, it’s perfect for a family dinner or potluck. Make it the day before to let the flavors come together.
¾ cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 peeled carrots, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1 small cucumber, peeled and finely diced
4 green onions, finely sliced
8-ounce package J-M button or cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly
1 cup Diane’s Legendary Italian Dressing
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pound Scissortail Farms salad greens
Place all chopped ingredients and sliced J-M mushrooms into a covered bowl. Add dressing and sugar. Cover bowl with lid, and shake. This recipe is best when it has set in the dressing overnight. Try shaking it a few times while it’s setting. Serve over a bed of Scissortail Farms assorted greens.
Chicken Parm Sliders
It’s everything you love about chicken parmesan - in a slider! These addictive little sliders are great for feeding a crowd. Make a pan of them, and watch how fast they go.
1 (24-ounce) package Fast Fixin Chicken Breast Strips
1 package Braum’s Potato Rolls
24 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 (25-ounce) jar Lovera’s Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
1 stick Braum’s Salted Butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup butter crackers (chopped fine in food processor)
2 tablespoons fresh Scissortail Farms basil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare chicken strips according to package directions.
Cut rolls horizontally in half. Place roll bottoms in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Spread half the cheese slices over roll bottoms. Bake until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
Layer rolls with chicken strips, sauce and remaining cheese slices. Top with dinner roll tops.
In a small bowl, melt butter with garlic powder and red pepper flakes in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until butter is melted. Add the cracker crumbs and parmesan cheese, and mix well.
Pour butter mixture over rolls. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Before serving, sprinkle with fresh basil.
Mini Jam Cheesecakes
A dollop of jewel-toned jam adds color and flavor to these little cheesecakes. These individual-sized desserts would be great for Easter and other spring celebrations.
4 tablespoons Braum’s Unsalted Butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Griffin’s vanilla
1 egg, lightly beaten
Garden Club jams: Red Plum, Strawberry, Peach, Pineapple or any of your favorite flavors
Line a muffin tin with paper muffin liners. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the butter and graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of the muffin liners.
In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the egg, beating on low speed until combined. Spoon mixture into the muffin cups.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until centers of cheesecakes are set. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour or more. Top each cheesecake with ½ teaspoon jam. A fresh fruit garnish make these a springtime favorite!
The above recipes use ingredients from Made in Oklahoma Coalition food manufacturers
with products produced by Scissortail Farms, J-M Farms, Diane’s Signature Dressings, Braum’s, AdvancePierre, Lovera’s, Griffin Food Company, and Clements Food Company.
About Made in Oklahoma Coalition
Providing a marketing and promotional platform to assist more than 70 Oklahoma food manufacturers, the Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO) builds brand preference and loyalty for members and its products. The MIO Coalition-member companies create a positive economic impact on the Oklahoma economy by employing more than 61,500 Oklahomans. The member-companies of MIO generate over $4.2 billion in annual sales for the state’s economy. The MIO Coalition continues to expand the footprint of Oklahoma’s food manufacturing sector through business retention and growth.