Recipes from Behind the Bars

August 20th, 2008 - 11:06am by Badger

Most of what we are able to cook is pretty limited due to the lack of variety on the commissary list, and the fact that the warden took the microwave away as part of the punishment for the food strike. Now we just cook with hot water and another more creative approach. But, I'll give you some of our finer delicacies.

  1. First -- Press Oven Pizza.


    • one 10 pack flowered tortilla shells
    • 1 beef summer sausage log
    • 1 pack pepperoni
    • 1 green pepper
    • 1 onion
    • Mozzarella cheese
    • Jalapeno cheddar cheese
    • Parmesan cheese
    • pasta sauce

    Use the tortilla shells as the crust, we put rips halfway through 4 of them then link them together. They actually fold pretty well. Put a spread of the cheddar cheese onto this layer of shells. Form another layer of shells over the cheese. At this point, you grab your trusty clothes iron, put heat side up in an unlaced shoe and set to cotton. Tortilla shells should fit nicely in 12" round borrowed kitchen pan. Heat till brown, flip and repeat. (You can use the oven and a cookie sheet if the shoe and iron freak out the girls). :-) The interlocked shells and cheddar cheese should have bonded together. Warm the pepperoni and diced summer sausage with a little bit of pasta sauce until the grease is cooked, around 1.5 mins in microwave, 5 mins on iron. Use pasta sauce toppings, mozzarella cheese to build pizza to taste. Cook on iron for 10-15 min or until cheese is melted.

    Note: If actually using iron, find a round pan about 2 inch deep. Cover with newspaper to hold in heat and facilitate cooking. Using oven, just cook a few minutes until cheese is melted. Makes one 12" pizza that feeds 2.

  2. Orange rice is another good meal.


    • cheddar squeeze cheese
    • two 7oz packages of nacho cheese rice
    • small beef summer sausage log
    • pepperoni
    • green papper
    • onion
    • tomato
    • 1 Texas beef flavored Ramen Soup
    • small package of orange breakfast drink

    Use hot water to cook Ramen noodles and to make enough orange drink to cook the rice. Using orange flavored water to cook the rice instead of plain water gives it an unusual but tasty sweet and tangy taste. Dice summer sausage and vegetables. Slice pepperoni into small shreds. Precook the pepperoni and summer sausage to degrease. Add summer sausage, veggies, pepperoni, and Ramen soup to the rice. Add squeeze cheese to flavor to taste. Should make enough to feed 5. Heat individual portions in microwave for a few minutes before serving. For a slightly sweeter flavor, use Pepsi instead of orange drink and add soy sauce. Whether using Pepsi or orange drink, put enough in so that water line just covers rice.

  3. A good snack is wet nachos.


    • 2 large bags of nacho chips
    • 1 cheese flavored
    • 1 can of chili
    • 2 summer sausage
    • 2 green pepper
    • 2 onions
    • 2 tomato
    • 2 small tubs of nacho cheese
    • bottle of salsa
    • spicy meat (we use spicy turkey meat, but goat or any other spicy meat is good)

    Dice vegetables and summer sausage. Shred spicy meat. In Tupperware bowls, put down layer of chips, thin layer of chili, layer of summer sausage, layer of veggies, layer of cheese, layer of chips, shreds of spicy meat, spray of salsa. Cook in microwave for 5 min or so. Stir. Add handful of fresh chips crunched up for crunch. Makes enough for 6.

  4. Excellent meal if you can find it is Bok Choy wraps. (I think I spelled that right). Bok Choy is a Japanese lettuce people grow in their horticulture gardens here so we only get it a few times a year.


    • Bok Choy leaves
    • pepperoni
    • brown rice
    • small zucchini
    • tomato
    • garlic
    • soy sauce
    • pepsi

    Shred the pepperoni, chop the zucchini very fine along with tomato. Use Pepsi to make rice or plain water if you prefer. Add pepperoni, zucchini, tomato, rice together. Season to taste with soy sauce and garlic (we use chopped cloves, but salt or powder works). Stir. We go both ways on whether or not the rice tastes better hot or cold, see which you like. Wrap a spoonful in a Bok Choy leave to eat. Makes good lunch. Substitute any meat you want for the pepperoni, we are kind of limited in our culinary choices here. Fish might work good.

  5. Those are a few of the delicacies federal prisoners can look forward to. Due to the limited amount of variety on the commissary most of what we eat is rice, Ramen noodle or tortilla based. Due to the high Hispanic population, most everything is a Mexican type of meal because they are probably the best at making a tasty meal out of next to nothing. Little rice, little spice, little cheese, you're good to go. If you get a chance to try any of these out, let me know what your think.