Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Twinkie Tuesdays 12: Product Placement


"I often try to create new recipes from odds and ends that I have in the refrigerator and that's how this dish came about. I was out of Wonder Bread one day and improvised using Twinkies. It turned out great. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who has served in several Latin American countries, so making do with things and survival-style preparation come naturally to me."
GARY GONYA, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Chicken-Rasberry Twinkie Salad

1/2 cup rasberry preserves
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
6 Twinkies, halved lengthwise
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups mixed baby greens

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the rasberry preserves and 2 tablespoons of the vinegar to make a rasberry vinaigrette. Set aside.

With a small spoon, scrape the filling out of the Twinkies and reserve in a bowl. Place the Twinkies cut side up on a baking sheet.

Add the remaining 1/4 cup rasberry preserves and 2 tablespoons vinegar to the reserved creme filling. Mix until well blended, then add the chicken and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the tomatoes, jalapeno and onion and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place a spoonful of the chicken mixture in each Twinkie half. Sprinkle the cheese over the Twinkies, dividing evenly. Spoon the tomato mixture over the top, dividing evenly.

Place in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes, until the cheese melts. Arrange a bed of the mixed greens on each of 6 plates. Remove the Twinkies from the oven and place 2 halves on each bed of greens. Drizzle with the rasberry vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Here is what I've learned:

  • Substituting Twinkies for Wonder Bread constitutes survival-style preparation
  • Using jalapenos and cheddar cheese is apparently Gary's idea of Latin cooking
  • You would probably not want Gary to cook for you - ever
  • Gary has probably never been to Latin America
  • Gary is likely a fictitious character created to sell Twinkies and Wonder Bread

1 comment:

nikoeternal.com said...

U couldnt pay me to eat that.