Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cincinnati

5 way

For a fairly short time in my life I lived in Ohio,  to be honest I didn't really care for it.  I'm sure that had more to do with me being 8 years old and not wanting to leave Massachusetts than it did the actual state.  But I hold no  ill will for Ohio, except that it made me into a bit of a Bengals fan.  Anyway, we are now going to delve into that oddity called Cincinnati Chili. Now, this is an unusual dish, and every time that I have had it I couldn't decide if I like it or not, and by then end of the meal I decide that it's pretty good.  That lasts until the first bite of the next time I have it.  There is something about it that's just not right, but you have to eat it anyway.  Maybe it is the sweet spices that it calls for,  cinnamon, allspice, cocoa and some recipes add nutmeg.
     It is also served in an unusual way.  If you just order chili that's what you'll get a bowl of meat and spices.  When you order it "two way"  you will get the chili on top of a pile of spaghetti, yup that's right--spaghetti.  Order "three way" and you'll get the spaghetti and chili topped with a bunch of grated cheddar cheese.  A "four way" adds onions and a "five way" adds chili beans.
     Don't be afraid to try this, it is actually really good.....I think.   I like mine "five way" thanks.  Maybe you could come up with "six" or even " seven" way!  You're the cook, do what you want!

Here we go.
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 lb lean ground pork
1 lb hamburger (80/20)
4 yellow onions chopped
6 cloves garlic peeled and chopped fine
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
4 tablespoons hot chili powder
3 whole bay leaves
2 teaspoons each of cinnamon, allspice, and Tobasco
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
4 tablespoons white vinegar
1 28 oz can pureed tomatoes
1 tablespoon oregano
2 lbs kidney beans cooked (or use canned, I didn't really notice the difference)
salt to taste

Heat a heavy 12 quart stock pot and add the oil.  Saute the pork, hamburger, onions, garlic, cumin seeds, chili powder, and bay leaves until the meat is barely browned and the onions are clear.  Drain the fat and discard
    Add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer.(if everyone is going to eat the beans add them now, other wise add them individual to bowls by stirring in the desired amount. if using canned beans add them about 15 minutes before you're done)  cook, covered, for 1 1/2  hours. you may have to add some water as it cooks if it looks way to thick.

Serve it up!  Remember to cook some spaghetti noodles and put some onions and cheddar cheese out to top.

Stay hungry!
Peace

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