Monday, February 6, 2017

Guy's Annual Super Bowl Sunday Five-Alarm Chili

Every year around Super Bowl Sunday, we make our annual batch of Five-Alarm Chili. It's a culinary tradition. A one pot wonder, this recipe makes enough for twelve hungry football fans, and any leftovers freeze wonderfully well for easy meals during the cold winter months. My husband is the one who actually takes charge of making this robust, full flavoured Five-Alarm Chili, although it can be tweaked for the faint of heart to a three or four-alarm blaze, if necessary. Spanish for 'chilis with meat,' this hearty and delicious recipe is made with both ground beef and mild Italian sausages, which are sautéed with garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, and herbs then simmered with tomato paste, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley, kidney beans and black olives for about half an hour. Topped with a good dollop of sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, sliced spring onions and finished with fresh cilantro, this is comfort food with a kick. Go for a final touchdown with Guy's famous Garlic Bread and savour the game in style.

Guy's Super Bowl Five-Alarm Chili 

Serves 12

1/4 cup olive oil

3/4 lb yellow onions coarsely chopped
1 pound mild Italian sausages, removed from casings
4 lb ground beef
1 12 oz can tomato paste
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/3 cup ground cumin
4 tbsp chili powder
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
2 28 oz cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp chopped fresh dill
4 tbsp chopped parsley
2 16 oz cans red kidney beans, drained
2 5 oz cans pitted black olives, drained

Optional Garnishes:

sour cream or Greek yogurt
cheddar cheese, grated
spring onion, chopped
red onion, finely sliced
avocado, mashed

Heat the olive oil in a very large pot. Add the onions and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 15 minutes. Add the sausage meat and ground beef, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring until it's well browned. Spoon off as much excess fat as you can and discard. 

Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley and kidney beans. Stir well and simmer, uncovered, for another 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Just before serving, add the olives and simmer for about 5 minutes more to heat through. 

Serve immediately with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of grated cheddar, chopped spring onions and garnish with fresh dill, parsley or cilantro. 

Guy's Garlic Bread
Serves 4

1 fresh ciabatta or baguette
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

In a small bowl, mash up the butter and minced garlic until it's well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add the chopped parsley. Cut the ciabattas in half length-wise, opening them like a book, being careful not to cut all the way through. Liberally spread the garlic butter on the inside of each 'half', then close like a sandwich and wrap snuggly in aluminum foil. Place each loaf in a preheated 375°F oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Just before serving, open the garlic bread up from their foil packages, and allow it to cook open to the heat of the oven for another 5 minutes. To serve, close the bread back to their original loaf shape, and slice into 1-inch pieces. Place in a bread basket and serve with the Super Bowl Chili.

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