Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It Wednesday. So What's Cooking?

How about a hot bowl of chili to ward off the cold?

Studs and I are big football fans. Saturdays are for college games and Sundays are filled with the pros during the short season. Super Bowl Sunday is more than just the game. It’s a time to be with friends and family, eat until you’re ready to pop and laugh until tears run down you cheeks. In other words, take pleasure in life with people you enjoy.

For years our good friends Bonnie and Tom have hosted a Super Bowl party with no less than 25 people. It’s a tradition none of us will let die. Believe me, a great time is had by all. Everyone brings an appetizer or dish to contribute to supper. Below is mine.

Sloane’s Super Bowl Chili
Corn Bread
Ice Cold Beer

Sloane’s Super Bowl Chili

6 tsp. olive oil
2 large onions chopped fine
4 cloves garlic pressed
2 lbs. ground chuck
1 green pepper chopped fine
4 cups beef stock like Kitchen Basics
3 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 celery stalk chopped fine
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tbsp. ground cumin
3 bay leaves remove before serving
5 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried basil
2 cans Bush’s chili beans in mild sauce
1 tsp. baking soda*

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Saute until lightly colored about 5 minutes. Watch carefully so as not to burn the onions or garlic.

Turn the heat to medium high. Stir in ground chuck and green pepper. Brown the meat, breaking up clumps as you cook, about 10 – 14 minutes.

Transfer the contents to a 3 quart saucepan set over medium high heat. Add the remaining ingredients except beans and baking soda. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until the chili reaches your desired thickness. This step may take an hour or more.

10 minutes before serving stir in beans and baking soda. Heat through and serve.

Serves 8

Some people like to top their chili with a dab of sour cream or grated cheddar cheese. Both are super with this recipe.

Leftovers freeze great!

*Adding a small amount of baking soda to any bean dish helps reduce or eliminate the intestinal problem some of us incur when eating beans.

Corn Bread
1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup milk

Follow the easy package directions.

You can also bake this recipe in a pie tin, then serve in wedges.

Either way, be sure to have butter or margarine to slather on your warm corn bread.

I'll be back Monday with Holley Trent. Until then...

GO TEAM!

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I want so bad to come to your party! Sounds like a blast! Have a cold one for me, and enjoy your time spent with friends and family! Cheers!

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