Kevin sent me this variation on the standard “Break” recipe, taken made by the inmates at the Northern Correctional Facility in Moundsville, WV. Moundsville is a dreary town as I remember it and I bet the prison isn’t much better. He says, “the prison’s inmate store sold all of the ingredients. Sometimes upwards of six or seven inmates would contribute an ingredient so all could enjoy a good, filling meal, with a small investment. Since we weren’t allowed knives, we used the pull-top can lids to dice the cheese and pepperoni. It was a hard job and your hand would be cramping toward the end.”
This recipe makes two decent sized portions, or one for a big eater. Double recipe for more portions.
- 1 bag of Ramen noodles, beef flavor preferred, but chicken will do
- 1 can of chili with beans (we used Castleberry’s brand, individual size. You can also substitute a can of beef stew)
- 1/4 to 1/3 stick of pepperoni, diced (which can be bought already diced on the street)
- 1/2 cup of diced Longhorn or Cheddar cheese (about 1 cup shredded on the street)
- 1 deli pickle, diced (optional)
- 1 small onion, diced (optional)
- Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Follow the microwave instruction on pack using whole flavor pack, but crumble noodles. Drain excess water from noodles when done. In a separate bowl, microwave the diced pepperoni on several layers of paper towels for a minute at a time and stir between heating, to cook off the grease. This makes the pepperoni crunchy, but don’t cook it too long or it will burn. Heat chili (or beef stew) for two minutes and stir in diced cheese. Stir in cheese and heat longer to melt cheese if needed. Pour all ingredients into a big bowl (sometimes a trash bag was used if it was a big break) and mix well. Serve with sliced bread or crackers.