I spend far more time in restaurants than my own kitchen -- for me, figuring out how many shakes of salt and pepper to add to a prepared dish counts as cooking -- so I probably shouldn't have accepted a challenge to create a recipe for an upcoming state fair contest. But accept I did, and now I'm in desperate need of expert advice.
The rules of this sponsored contest require the entrant to use one of the company's cold cereals in the recipe. I settled on Apple Zings, mostly because it was the first name on the list. I started out by trying to recall recipes that called for something like bread crumbs, thinking crushed Zings could be a worthy subsitute. I thought about meatloaf. And then, since this is apple cereal, I thought about pork loaf. Finally, I came up with the idea of stuffing apples with cooked sausage mixed with crushed apple cereal and baking them.
Needless to say, the results weren't exactly blue ribbon-worthy. The flavors failed to meld, and the whole dish just seemed, well, weird.
Where did I go wrong? Should I be using ground pork instead of sausage? Is there a certain kind of sausage or apple that would help? Do I need to add some liquid?
Can this recipe be saved???