Firehouse Chili - 2017 winner Hormel Chili’s American’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest
Louisiana firefighter Jeremy Chauvin dedicated the recipe to his brother, Spencer. a local fire chief who died while on the job in 2016. The actual chili recipe comes from Chauvin’s mom, and adds a New Orleans twist to a classic red chili. The ground beef, spices, and tomatoes are combined with a dark roux, made from butter and flour cooked until the mixture goes a deep shade of brown. The roux is mixed with “trinity,” a mix of bell peppers, onions, and celery native to Louisiana, then added into the chili. Recipe declares as prepared below serves 8 people. That is a VERY generous serving!
Ingredients:For the chili mixture
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 pounds ground beef
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon white or cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 tablespoons steak sauce (or soy sauce)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 ½ cups diced tomatoes
1 cup ketchup
2 cups tomato sauce
1 ½ cups tomato paste
1-2 cups V-8 juice 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Hot sauce to taste.
For the roux mixture
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
3 stalks celery, diced
2 bell peppers, diced (this used red and yellow jarred roasted peppers)
1 white onion, diced
2 shallots, diced ( this used an additional onion instead)
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
Cooking Instructions:1. In Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Brown ground beef.
2. Drain beef; return to Dutch oven. Add salt, white pepper, black pepper, curry powder, turmeric, chili powder, steak sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Add diced tomatoes, cover, and cook 15 minutes.
3. In large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the butter is foamy, whisk in 2 tablespoons flour until fully incorporated. Continue to whisk until the mixture reaches a dark brown color.
4. Add diced celery, bell peppers, onion, shallots, and garlic. Stir to fully combine.
5. Uncover the chili mixture, and add roux with vegetables. Add ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, V-8 juice and apple cider vinegar. Bring up to a simmer and serve hot. Taste and add hot sauce to taste.
6. Enjoy with cheese, sour cream, chips, on a burger, or any other way you want!
Bring the elegant taste of France into your own home in under 30 minutes with this easy and delicious Rissoles recipe! A rissole (from Latin russeolus, meaning reddish, via French in which "rissoler" means "to redden") is a small patty enclosed in pastry, or rolled in breadcrumbs, usually baked or deep fried. Like a little meatloaf with the filling having savory ingredients. This one features zucchini, oregano and garlic.
• 1 small brown onion
• 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or normal)
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 small zucchini
• 1 small carrot
• 1 egg
• 1 large garlic clove, minced
• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/2 teaspoon oregano (or other herbs of choice)
• 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
• 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
• 1-2 tablespoons oil
Fresh Tomato Soup
Watermelon Feta Salad
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
3 cups arugula
1 cup sliced red onion
2 pounds watermelon, cubed
4 ounces feta cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Add the tomatoes, arugula, and onions; toss to coat.
Gently stir in the watermelon and feta cheese to serve.
Lemon Vanilla Poached Pears
2 medium pears – peeled, halved or quartered, and cored
1 tablespoon lemon (or lime) juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Regular oven: Bake, uncovered, in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until pears are tender. Spoon any liquid in the plate over pears. Serve warm or cold.
Microwave oven: Cover pears with waxed paper. Micro-cook on 100% power (high) for 4-6 minutes or until pears are tender.
You can add toppings of your choice to the warm or cold pears. Consider:
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