As you might have guessed from the title, the cold weather is inspiring me to go into hibernation mode. I feel like all I want to do is sleep late, laze around watching TV and reading books, and eat warm, comforting food. (Translation: I haven’t been cooking as much so this will be a short post.) Is this happening to anyone else? If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit (or just know me well), then you probably know that chili is one of my favorite cold-weather foods. This particular chili has a nice meaty flavor and a bit of spice to help warm you up from the inside. Though this recipe doesn’t call for beans, I think you could easily add them to stretch this meal farther. I would also recommend cutting the brown sugar in half; we found it was just a little too sweet for our taste. Other than that, this was an easy, tasty recipe that would help warm up a wintery day. (By the way, I am enjoying the cold weather. I just enjoy it from the comfort of my warm living room.)
Steakhouse Chili (from the October 2009 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray)
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 slices finely chopped smoky bacon
2 lb. ground sirloin (I just used regular ground beef, and it was still delicious.)
1 finely chopped onion
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
4 tbsp. chili powder
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/3 c. worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar (Like I said earlier, I’d cut this down to just 1-2 tablespoons.)
2 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
2 c. beef stock
1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook til the fat renders, about 2 min. Add the beef and cook, stirring, til it’s browned, 8-10 minutes. Add the onion and cook til softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder; season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. In a bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot sauce. Stir this mix into the chili, then stir in the beef stock. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and cook til it’s thickened, 6-7 minutes. Top with sour cream.
If you’re not settling down for a long winter’s nap, drop by and tell me what your favorite cold weather warm-up is.