Crock of Beer Chili

Rise early, fire up that cooktop + start chopping. Those flavors will come together deliciously for the weekend. This recipe has one bottle IPA beer, by all means use your favorite  micro-brew. I always advise, only use what you would drink! 

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This basic chili recipe combines several flavors of the Southwest.  Turkey and pork can be substituted for beef. Make it vegetarian by using eggplant, squash, and extra onion in place of the meat.

IPA Chili  

Makes 6- 8 servings

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2 pounds sirloin or chuck - cut into 1/2 inch pieces; or a ground beef combo

4 slices maple cured bacon, chopped

10 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup sweet onion, chopped

4 scallions, chopped

2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped

1 fresh serrano chili pepper, chopped

1 Tablespoon each: cumin, oregano, basil and thyme

1 teaspoon cinnamon

12 ounces of good IPA

2 cups canned plum tomatoes with juice, chopped

1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

1 16-ounce can of red beans, rinsed and drained

2 Tablespoons cilantro

Pre heat a large soup pot over medium high heat.

Add bacon and allow bacon to get a light golden color. Add garlic, onion, olive oil, scallions, jalapenos, serrano, and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add beef and cook until becomes lightly browned.  Drain off any excess fat. Season with cumin, oregano, basil, hot pepper flakes, and cinnamon. 

Add beer and reduce liquid for one minute, add tomatoes and vinegar. 

Lower temperature to a gentle simmer. Stir, cover pot and cook for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Add beans and cook for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. 

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Dishin' Up Gameday

Ravens VS. 49ers

LOCATION New Orleans—Super Bowl XLVII and it's time to plan your Gameday party for the biggest sporting event of the year is taking place. Why not plan a buffet-style party as a fun way to celebrate this year's Super Bowl. 

In New Orleans they'll sure love the flavor of the grill; so whether your party is indoors or out, plan a menu with a little outdoor style for ultimate flavor! 

A good game plan to consider is serving finger foods such as Hush Puppies, Sausage & Artichoke Calzones, Pork Sliders and steaming bowls of Crock of Beer Chili. There's a whole lot of corn in the midwest so be sure to have my Pecan Cornbread ready before the pre game action. But, don’t forget to honor the host city with my favorite Grilled Schweinefilet Sandwich. I’ll be serving it myself on gameday – so you know it’s got to be good. 

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Practical tips for preparing your biggest sports party of the year: 

Pre-Gameday

• Every winning team has key players. Select your team of key players for your “GameDay Party” who can assist in menu planning, preparation, and clean up. And don’t forget to assign the grill chefs.

• Consider a buffet. Serving your main foods buffet style takes the pressure off of timing in respect to the game action. 

• Include in your party plan mix; preparing some foods from home and buying some prepared foods from a local restaurant or specialty food market to remove GameDay party pressure off the home chef. 

•  If part of your party menu includes catered or prepared ready-to-eat or take out foods from your local restaurant or market make sure you instruct them if you want your food ready hot or cold; so you won’t be getting your ribs hot at 11AM - when not serving until 3PM.

• Create the party shopping list several days before the Big Game and be prepared to do your shopping three to four days in advance, except breads.

• Take inventory of your bowls, dishes, silverware, glassware, coolers at least three days in advance (or just go with eco paper products for easy cleanup). Short on glasses? No sweat, use mason jars.

• You’ll need about 1 pound of ice per person for drinks, and chilling soft drinks, wine and beer. BTW, craft beer is huge in Indiana, so you may want to set up a micro brew bar in lieu of standard brew. 

• It may be chilly outside the Stadium, but a batch of margarita or sangria will add a tropical warmth to any crowd. Serve it in a large glass infusion jar - served up with a ladle into mason jars for a fun beverage option.

• Prepare hot foods a day ahead and keep in the refrigerator for easy heating on Gameday. 

Game Day Recipes

Game Day 

• Kick Off is approximately 6:30 EST PM, but you need to ready all the party foods early in the day so you do not miss any pre-game action 

• Prepare all dips, finger snacks and foods by 1pm or earlier if your party includes watching pre-game shows.   

Set up the bar one hour before guests arrive 

• Have all cold finger snacks out before guests arrive. 

Pre-Game

• Serve finger snacks such as nuts, cheese, crackers, assorted chips and dips. If serving hot hors d’ oeuvres, stagger heating so guests will enjoy them while they are still hot. 

• Now’s the time to cook-up any grilled foods so the grill chef doesn’t miss the coin toss. 

•  Heat hot foods one hour before game time and serve before kick off.

• I’m not much for betting, but a fun wager could be for the losing team’s fans to assist in party clean up. Washing cars?

1st Quarter 

Load up your plates & enjoy the first quarter action. 

Half Time

• Serve sandwiches and cold foods for half time. If serving hot foods have them fully prepared prior to the game. This makes no fuss serving, and you will not miss any game activities. 

3rd Quarter 

• As 3rd quarter closes it’s time to close the bar and put out desserts and coffee. 

4th Quarter 

• Two minute warning- a close game will keep everyone glued to the TV set. Serve finger sweets such as cookies and candies. Make extra George’s Chocolate Brownie Cookies and Blondie Bars the day before the GameDay to send home with party guests.

Gameday My Way

If you are a one pot meal Gameday-er, you must try my Crock of Beer Chili.This basic chili recipe combines several flavors of the Southwest.  Turkey and pork can be substituted for beef. Make it vegetarian by using eggplant, squash, and extra onion in place of the meat.

If you are serious about plating-up a well rounded grill spread with try my Pork BBQ SandwichWhite Bean Casserole Soup + Cheddar & Jack Mac.

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