Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fortune Favors the BOLD BEER CHILI

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Is nature kidding???

Last summer we spent months in triple digit heat (melting my garden...sigh)...

This year, first week in May and it is snowing.  What a world, what a world.

Nothing to do but make a big batch of Chili!

But not a whimpy batch, something bold, spicy and with a few extras that make this special...

Like my choice in Beer... Kansas City's home town (almost national) brewery is Boulevard Brewing Company.  I am a sucker for cooking with their BULLY PORTER...
The intense flavors of dark-roasted malt in Boulevard’s rendition of the classic English porter are perfectly balanced by a generous and complex hop character. Bully! Porter’s robust nature makes it the ideal companion to a variety of foods, from seafood to chocolate.
The perfect choice to stand up and boldly flavor the bold extra flavors in this bold Chili.  Of course you should support your own local brewery and select something on the full bodied Porter side to a more stout side if you can't find the Boulevard Bully Porter.

Chunky with vegetables, thick sliced Roma tomatoes, Ground Beef and a spicy Ground Sausage stands up to this year's shocking slap in the face of a calendar.  You will Love this!

OK... Here's what I did...

Fortune Favors the BOLD BEER CHILI

  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef, crumbled and cooked until fat is rendered out, drained
  • 1 Pound Spicy Italian Ground Pork Sausage, cooked and drained same way as the beef
  • 4 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, Rough Chop
  • 2 Medium Green Bell Peppers, cored, seeded and rough chop
  • 1 Can (14.5 Oz) Diced Tomatoes with Juice
  • 1 Can (14.5 Oz) Crushed Tomatoes with Juice
  • 2 Cans (15 Oz) Spicy Chili Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 TBS Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Bottle (12 Oz) Porter Beer (or a stout)
  • 4 Medium Roma Tomatoes, cut into 1 inch slices
  • For garnish Jalapeno Pepper Slices (If needed), a dollop of Sour Cream and Green onion slices
Cooking Directions
  1. This is a Crock pot slow cooker recipe for the first 4 hours, allowing all of the liquids to mix, blend and season the beef. SO break out the large crock pot and set to Low.
  2. But first, brown the beef and pork, draining the fat. Add that to the crock pot.
  3. Add the Olive Oil to a large saute pan, add the onions and Green Peppers and saute for 5 minutes over medium high heat until the onions become translucent.
  4. Add this to the crock pot
  5. Add the cans of tomatoes, the beans, the Worcestershire sauce, the chili powder and the BEER, stir to mix, put the lid on the crock pot and allow to simmer for at least 4 hours.
  6. After 4 hours, taste. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Add the Roma Tomato slices, turn the crock pot on high and cook uncovered for 1 hour.
  8. Serve HOT with suggested garnishes and ENJOY!!!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Recipes for Soup, Chili or Chowder" (Now more than 52 and still growing)

Soup from Scratch is one of the great kitchen joys.  The house smells amazing and the soup warms to the bone.  From broth to chowder, vegetarian to loaded up chili... Even a great idea for a party (love the Potato Soup Bar idea).  Come take a look, sure to have something you might like to try.  All recipes have been tested and WORK!


I have also made this one of my  "52 Cooking With BEER Recipes"!!!

Everyone knows about cooking with wine, but BEER has so much more complex flavors.  I imagine the day after beer was invented, someone made an Irish Stew. Cooking with beer infuses recipes with this intoxicating concoction of hops and barley in an effort to enhance and enrich everyday food..  Come take a look, sure to have something you might like to try.  All recipes have been tested and WORK!


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