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Category : Plants & Vegetables       Region : Southeast ~ Prairie       Rating : 5
Prickly Pear Surprise

Contributor : Added by Administrator

Tribal Affiliation : ~ Cherokee ~

Orgin of Recipe : Offered by Scott LoneWolf Foreback ... who learned this from Taught by G

Type of Dish : Today's Native Dishes

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of freshly harvested honey. (I suggest Good clover honey)
  • OR 8 or 10 little ones.
  • Big ones are 5-7 in. Long Little ones ain
  • About 4 or 5 large paddles.
  • Pie dough. (can be store bought. But, I makes my own.)

Directions

First, ya gotta git rid of them pesky needles. Break off the big'uns and burn off the rest. (I use a blowtorch for this. You might want to use the stove.) Take your pie dough and put it in a 9" pie pan and fill it with dry beans. then put it in the oven at 350 'til it's golden brown.
Then, while the pie shell's cookin', peel and chop the paddles.
I usually cut 'em about 1/2 to 3/4 of an in.When the pie shell's done ya pour the chunks of prickly pear into it.
Add the honey. and throw the whole mess back in the oven, this time on 250. when you can see it bubblin' and hoppin'. It's done.
Approximately 15-20 min.


Note: Be real careful. At this stage that honey's gonna burn down to the bone. Let it cool about 20 min. prior to service. Unless you're gonna give it to your in-laws, then I'd put it right out and encourage them to dig right in, as I'm duckin' behind the china cabinet. This dish will serve 4-8, depending upon how big you like to make your slices.



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