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Watkins Recipes


for March 2006

Stout Bread
Betty Jo's German Pepper Pot Soup
Betty Jo Byoloski's Chili
Lace Cookies
Jiggs' Favorite
Getting into the St. Patrick's Day Spirit!

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Stout Bread
A fine accompaniment to any soup or stew for St. Patrick's Day, Watkins GoodTastings Bread gets an added flavor boost from the most popular dark beer in the world. Serve this bread with the Pepper-Pot Soup or Jiggs' Favourite below, or with a traditional Irish stew (see our new Recipe Archives!)
  • 1 package Watkins Good Tastings Bread Mix
  • 1 cup/250 ml flour
  • 12 fl oz (1-1/2 cups/355 ml) Guinness or other stout beer

Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C. Form in a round as for Irish soda bread, or place in a loaf pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes.

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From Betty Jo's Kitchen

Just a few blocks from Watkins' headquarters in Winona, Minnesota is a little bar/restaurant called Betty Jo Byoloski's. They serve generous sandwiches and great homemade soups, and proudly place tins of Watkins Pepper at every table.

Betty Jo's is named for a piece of Winona history. In the early 1900's, Watkins was only a few decades old and Winona was a bustling port for shipping lumber by train and down the Mississippi River. Betty Jo Byoloski ran a brothel in the wild-and-wooly down-town district. Betty Jo Byoloski's opened as a disco on the East End in the late 1970's, and re-emerged 20 years later as the eatery it is today. Betty Jo's uses a lot of Watkins spices in their kitchen, and was happy to share a couple of their favorite recipes with us.

Betty Jo's German
Pepper Pot Soup
We toned this recipe down substantially from the original given to us by the chef at Betty Jo's, as it had a high 'burn' factor. It's still plenty hot!
  • 3 quarts/liters water
  • 3cups/750 mL shredded cabbage
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp/15 ml minced garlic
  • 2 Watkins Bay Leaves
  • 2.5 lbs/1.1 kg beef, cubed
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Watkins Black Pepper Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/4 cup/60 mLWatkins Beef Soup Base
  • 1 tbsp/15 ml Watkins Black Pepper
Boil cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic and bay leaves in water until carrots and cabbage are tender. Brown beef in oil; add to pot along with pepper and soup base. Simmer for 30 minutes or until beef is full cooked.

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Gold Cup Winner!Betty Jo Byoloski's Winning Chili
NEW - March 2, 2006 - Betty Jo Byoloski's Chili, made with Watkins spices,won 1st place out of 17 entries in the Winona-area 12th Annual Chili Cook-off. Besides providing a variety of chili samples to judges and participants, the event raised over $7,000 for the "Ready Set School" program, an organization created to ensure that children from families with limited financial resources have the basic and necessary school supplies to better succeed in school.
.. Way to go, Betty Jo! (with a little help from Watkins).

The staff at Betty Jo's told us that they will only use Watkins Chili powder in this customer favorite! They ran out one day and used a different brand, and the chef said the customers didn't like it. (We always knew their clientele had good good taste!)

The original version of this used 10 pounds of ground beef and made enough to feed an army. We scaled it down, but made no other changes. Be warned that this chili has some fairly substantial heat. you may wish to start with a fraction of the cayenne.
  • 2.5 lbs/1.1 kg ground beef
  • 1 tbsp/15 mlsalt
  • 1 tbsp/15 mlWatkins Black Pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1/4cup/60 mlWatkins Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Watkins Paprika
  • 1 tbsp/15 ml Watkins Cayenne Pepper (or less to taste)
  • 1 tbsp/15 ml sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp/7.5 ml Watkins Cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp/7.5 ml WatkinsParsley
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (28 oz/800 g) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (32 oz/950 ml) container tomato juice
  • 2 (14 oz/500 g) cans chili beans

Brown ground beef in large kettle with salt and pepper. Add onions, garlic and green pepper; simmer until onions are translucent. Add rest of spices and Worcestershire sauce; stir well. Add tomatoes, beans and tomato juice; simmer for 30 minutes.

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...from "Watkins Recipes for Special Occasions" Cookbook - Published 1997
Lace Cookies
When backed, these delicate, crunchy cookies resemble fine Irish lace.

  • 1/2 cup/125 ml unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup/250 ml brown sugar
  • 1 cup/250 ml old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp/30 ml 1% milk
  • 1 tbsp/15 ml Watkins Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C. Grease and flour 2 large baking sheets. Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in oats, flour, milk and Vanilla. Drop batter by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets alowing room to spread (6 per sheet). Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies flatten and look dry. Let cookies cool for 2 - 3 minutes on baking sheets. Lift from baking sheet with metal spatula and move to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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...from "Watkins Cookbook" - Published 1925
Jiggs' Favorite

  • 4 lbs/ 1.8kg corned beef
  • 4 beets
  • 1 small cabbage
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 small turnips
  • 6 potatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 6 parsnips

Wash the meat and let stand in water 1/2 hour to remove some of the salt. Put in a kettle with boiling water to cover and simmer about 4 hours. Prepare the vegetables and cut the cabbage into quarters; cook beets separately. Remove the meat when tender. Add the carrots, turnips and cabbage and cook 2 hours and add the potatoes the last half-hour. Add the cooked beets and the meat. Heat all together and serve on a large platter with the vegetables around the meat.

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St. Patrick's DayGetting Into the
St. Patrick's Day Spirit!
  • Place a dark green or black bowler hat in the center of the table for a centerpiece.
  • Place fresh shamrocks in small vases at each place setting.
  • Horseshoes are known for their good luck, but make sure you hang them with the rounded ends up so the luck doesn't run out.
  • Of course, no Irish get together would be complete without a traditional Irish toast! Here is one we thought that you and your guests would enjoy. "May you fly straight to heaven, But if you go to Hades, May Lethe run with Guinness!"
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