Deer Camp Hot Mustard Dip, (For Bologna)

"When I hunted deer years ago, in Harrison County, Ohio, at night the guys would gather around a bonfire where we would each ritualistically grab a length of Trail bologna, (originally invented by the nearby Amish people in Trail, Ohio), and ate it without bread, dipping it into our own little bowls of this great hot mustard dip. This dip was an invention of one of our hunting peers who had formerly worked as a full-time fireman, and served as the main cook for himself and his fellow firefighters. This stuff is really easy to prepare and I still whip up a batch once in awhile. It's really flavorful as well as being hot and it's equally tasty with pepperoni salami! Adjust the ingredient amounts to fit your personal needs -- it's essentially "half and half"."
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  • The measurement of the banana peppers is 16 ounces of them by volume AFTER they are drained, so you'll probably need a couple of regular-sized jars if you plan to make the full recipe.
  • Pour the drained hot pepper slices into a mixing bowl and remove any tops with stems or hard pieces. Don't worry about a few seeds if some are present.
  • In a food processor, dump in the drained pepper slices and turn them into "mush".
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the pepper mush with the mustard. Store under refrigeration in sanitized jars.
  • NOTE: My hunting pals and I have found that this recipe tastes best with one of the following three (fairly tart) brands of mustard: Heinz (my favorite); French's, or; Plochmans. ALSO, I use pepper slices instead of whole peppers because there are very few seeds in the canned sliced peppers.

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<p>I am a retired State Park Resort Manager/Ranger. <br /><br />Anyway, as to my years in the State Park System (retired now), I was responsible for 4 restaurants/dining rooms on my park and my boss at Central Headquarters said I should spend less time in my kitchens and more time tending to my park budget. I spent 25 years in those kitchens and worked with some really great chefs over those years, (and some really awful ones too!) <br /><br />I spent THOUSANDS of hours on every inch of that park and adjacent state forest (60,000 acres) and sometimes I miss it. But mostly I miss being in that big beautiful resort lodge kitchen. I miss my little marina restaurant down on the Ohio River too. I served the best Reuben Sandwich (my own recipe -- posted on 'Zaar as The Shawnee Marina Reuben Sandwich) in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky down there and sold it for $2.95. Best deal on the river! <br /><br />They (friends and neighbors) call my kitchen The Ospidillo Cafe. Don't ask me why because it takes about a case of beer, time-wise, to explain the name. Anyway, it's a small galley kitchen with a Mexican motif (until my wife catches me gone for a week or so), and it's a very BUSY kitchen as well. We cook at all hours of the day and night. You are as likely to see one of my neighbors munching down over here as you are my wife or daughter. I do a lot of recipe experimentation and development. It has become a really fun post-retirement hobby -- and, yes, I wash my own dishes. <br /><br />Also, I'm the Cincinnati Chili Emperor around here, or so they say. (Check out my Ospidillo Cafe Cincinnati Chili recipe). SKYLINE CHILI is one of my four favorite chilis, and the others include: Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili and, my VERY favorite, Dixie. All in and around Cincinnati. Great stuff for cheap and I make it at home too. <br /><br />I also collect menus and keep them in my kitchen -- I have about a hundred or so. People go through them and when they see something that they want, I make it the next day. That presents some real challenges! <br /><br /></p>
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