Sunday, January 23, 2011

Conference Championship Chili

It is conference championship weekend in the NFL, and that means that it is unlawful to eat anything but chili.  This week's version is the cook's illustrated version:

Despite reading about the rationale for why this particular version was selected by the test kitchen in the new best recipe cookbook, I was skeptical:  It doesn't have ANY chilis.  It is a deceptively simple recipe, but it comes together as more than the sum of its parts, and it is actually pretty hot-- from all the chili powder, I suppose.  I really like it, and think I may stick with it for a while, which is saying alot given the quantity of chili recipes I have tried over the years.  It needs to be seasoned with salt when served, but other than that it is nice and warm and flavorful and meaty, and was relatively easy to make!   

Incidentally, pictured on top there is the whole foods "fiesta blend," which includes pepper jack, colby, and gruyere.  WTF is gruyere in the "fiesta blend?"  It tastes good, at least.

Gonna scarf some more chili and watch football!  Go bears!  Go steelers!

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