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Emeril's-style Pork Pies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lbs. ground Italian or any spicy pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • Salt
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • Cayenne
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup cooked long grain white rice
  • 4 oz grated Maytag White Cheddar cheese
  • 1 recipe pastry, recipe follows

Preparation:

Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and brown the sausage, 5 to 6 minutes.

Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, Essence, cayenne, and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are wilted, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Dissolve the flour in the water and add to the meat mixture. Stir until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the green onions and rice. Mix well and let cool. Stir in the cheese.

Makes 8

Pastry for Pork Pies Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2/4 cup milk
  • Solid vegetable shortening for deep-frying

Preparation:

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening unit it resembles coarse meal.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, working it to make a thick dough.

Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough pieces into thin rounds, about 5 inches in diameter. Put about 1/4 cup of the mixture in the center of each round, fold over and crimp the edges with a fork.

Heat the shortening a deep pot or an electric deep-fryer to 360° F.

Fry the pies, two to three at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Makes 12 small pies

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Makes 2/3 cup

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