Gold medal flavor made in Oklahoma

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition shares flavors fit for your Olympics watch party.
BY DAVE CATHEY dcathey@opubco.com Published: July 25, 2012
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London's calling, and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition has some ideas how to make the 2012 Summer Olympics an occasion for a watch party with friends and family.

If you're going to root the USA to gold, do it in true-blue fashion with barbecue and dessert.

These three Olympic-themed recipes promise gold-medal results using coalition member ingredients: Olympic Flame-Broiled Ribs, All-American Potato Salad and Gold Medal Molasses Cookies.

You can find more recipes on the MIO website, www.miocoalition.com, or download the free MIO iPhone app to find recipes, restaurants and more by visiting www.miocoalition.com/mioapp/.



Olympic Flame-Broiled Ribs

1 rack pork spare ribs

3 tablespoons Head Country all-purpose seasoning

Your favorite selection of Head Country barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Season ribs thoroughly.

Place ribs in oven and bake for two hours or until tender. When the ribs begin to brown, cover them with foil and cook for an additional one hour, 45 minutes.

Remove the foil and baste with sauce, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

To check for doneness, take one of the larger bones and twist. If it twists loosely in the meat, the ribs are done.

All-American Potato Salad

1 ½ pounds red potatoes, washed and unpeeled

8 slices Bar-S bacon

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

4 dill pickles, chopped

1 cup Garden Club Mayonnaise

½ cup Garden Club cider vinegar

½ cup Braum's or Hiland whipping cream

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons Griffin's jalapeno mustard

Salt and ground pepper to taste

Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Drain the potatoes and when slightly cooled, cut into bite-sized pieces. Keep warm.

Cook bacon until crisp; drain and reserve drippings. Finely chop bacon.

Over medium heat, cook onions in drippings for about five minutes or until translucent. Add pickles, mayonnaise, vinegar, cream, sugar, mustard and salt. Heat thoroughly, but do not boil.

Pour heated mixture over potatoes and add crumbled bacon to top. Toss lightly and sprinkle pepper on top before serving.

Gold Medal Molasses Cookies

¾ cup grease from Bar-S bacon or melted shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

¼ cup Griffin's molasses

2 cups Shawnee Best all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

Additional sugar for coating

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream bacon grease or shortening and sugar until light. Add egg, molasses and dry ingredients in the order they are listed.

Shape dough into one-inch balls and roll in sugar until coated. Place balls onto baking sheet, but do not flatten.

Bake 10 to 13 minutes until centers crack and edges start to firm.

Source: Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO)

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