One of America’s Favorites – Cincinnati Chili

January 9, 2023 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A Cincinnati chili 4-way garnished with oyster crackers

Cincinnati chili (or Cincinnati-style chili) is a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti or hot dogs (“coneys”); both dishes were developed by Macedonian immigrant restaurateurs in the 1920s. In 2013, Smithsonian named it one of the “20 Most Iconic Foods in America”. Its name evokes comparison to chili con carne, but the two are dissimilar in consistency, flavors and serving methods, which for Cincinnati chili more resemble Greek pasta sauces and the spiced-meat hot dog topping sauces seen in other parts of the United States.

Ingredients include ground beef, water or stock, tomato paste, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, and in some home recipes unsweetened dark chocolate in a soupy consistency. The most popular order is a ‘three-way’, which adds shredded cheddar cheese to the chili-topped spaghetti (‘two-way’), while serving it ‘four-‘ or ‘five-ways’ comes from addition of chopped onions and/or beans. Dishes are often served with oyster crackers and a mild hot sauce. Cincinnati chili is almost never served or eaten by the bowl.

While served in many local restaurants, it is most often associated with the over 250 independent and chain “chili parlors” (restaurants specializing in Cincinnati chili) found throughout greater Cincinnati with franchise locations throughout Ohio and in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, and the Middle East. The dish is the Cincinnati area’s best-known regional food.

Skyline Chili location in Cincinnati

Cincinnati chili originated with immigrant restaurateurs from Macedonia who were trying to expand their customer base by moving beyond narrowly ethnic styles of cuisine. Ethnic Macedonians Tom and John Kiradjieff immigrated from the town of Hrupishta (today’s Argos Orestiko in Greece), fleeing the Balkan Wars, ethnic rivalries, and bigotry, in 1921. They began serving a “stew with traditional Mediterranean spices” as a topping for hot dogs which they called “Coneys” in 1922 at their hot dog stand located next to a burlesque theater called the Empress, which they named their business after. Tom Kiradjieff used the sauce to modify a traditional Greek dish, speculated to have been pistachio, moussaka or saltsa kima to come up with a dish he called chili spaghetti. He first developed a recipe calling for the spaghetti to be cooked in the chili but changed his method in response to customer requests and began serving the sauce as a topping, eventually adding grated cheese as a topping for both the chili spaghetti and the Coneys, also in response to customer requests.

To make ordering more efficient, the brothers created the “way” system of ordering. The style has since been copied and modified by many other restaurant proprietors, often fellow Greek and Macedonian immigrants who had worked at Empress restaurants before leaving to open their own chili parlors, often following the business model to the point of locating their restaurants adjacent to theaters.

Gold Star Chili restaurant interior

Empress was the largest chili parlor chain in Cincinnati until 1949, when a former Empress employee and Greek immigrant, Nicholas Lambrinides, started Skyline Chili. In 1965, four brothers named Daoud, immigrants from Jordan, bought a restaurant called Hamburger Heaven from a former Empress employee. They noticed that the Cincinnati chili was outselling the hamburgers on their menu and changed the restaurant’s name to Gold Star Chili. As of 2015, Skyline (over 130 locations) and Gold Star (89 locations) were the largest Cincinnati chili parlor chains, while Empress had only two remaining locations, down from over a dozen during the chain’s most successful period.

Besides Empress, Skyline, and Gold Star, there are also smaller chains such as Dixie Chili and Deli and numerous independents including the acclaimed Camp Washington Chili. Other independents include Pleasant Ridge Chili, Blue Ash Chili, Park Chili Parlor, Price Hill Chili, Chili Time, Orlando based Cincinnati Chili Company, and the Blue Jay Restaurant, in all totaling more than 250 chili parlors. In 1985 one of the founders of Gold Star Chili, Fahid Daoud, returned to Jordan, where he opened his own parlor, called Chili House. Outside of Jordan, Chili House as of 2020 had locations in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Turkey and Qatar.

Partially eaten 5-way from Skyline, garnished with oyster crackers

In addition to the chili parlors, some version of Cincinnati chili is commonly served at many local restaurants. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, the oldest bar in the city, serves a vegetarian “Cincy Lentils” dish ordered in “ways.” Melt Eclectic Café offers a vegan 3-way. For Restaurant Week 2018, a local mixologist developed a cocktail called “Manhattan Skyline,” a Cincinnati chili-flavored whiskey cocktail.

The history of Cincinnati chili shares many factors in common with the apparently independent but simultaneous development of the Coney Island hot dog in other areas of the United States. “Virtually all” were developed by Greek or Macedonian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island as they fled the fallout from the Balkan Wars in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Raw ground beef is crumbled in water and/or stock, tomato paste and seasonings are added, and the mixture is brought to a boil and then simmered for several hours to form a thin meat sauce. Many recipes call for an overnight chill in the refrigerator to allow for easy skimming of fat and to allow flavors to develop, then reheating to serve. Typical proportions are 2 pounds of ground beef to 4 cups of water and 6 oz tomato paste to make 8 servings.

Ordering Cincinnati chili is based on a specific ingredient series: chili, spaghetti, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, and kidney beans. The number before the “way” of the chili determines which ingredients are included in each chili order. Customers order a:

Skyline cheese Coney (hot dog topped with Cincinnati-style chili, mustard, onions, and a heap of shredded cheese)

* Two-way: spaghetti topped with chili (also called “chili spaghetti”)
* Three-way: spaghetti, chili, and cheese
* Four-way onion: spaghetti, chili, onions, and cheese
* Four-way bean: spaghetti, chili, beans, and cheese
* Five-way: spaghetti, chili, beans, onions, and cheese
small oval white plate with cheese Coney showing bun, hot dog, sauce, and shredded cheese
Skyline cheese Coney (hot dog topped with Cincinnati-style chili, mustard, onions, and a heap of shredded cheese)

* Some chili parlors will also serve the dish “inverted”: cheese on the bottom, so that it melts. Some restaurants, among them Skyline and Gold Star, do not use the term “four-way bean”, instead using the term “four-way” to denote a three-way plus the customer’s choice of onions or beans. Some restaurants may add extra ingredients to the way system; for example, Dixie Chili offers a “six-way”, which adds chopped garlic to a five-way. Cincinnati chili is also used as a hot dog topping to make a “coney”, a regional variation on the Coney Island chili dog, which is topped with shredded cheddar cheese to make a “cheese Coney”. The standard Coney also includes mustard and chopped onion. The “three-way” and the cheese Coney are the most popular orders.

Very few customers order a bowl of plain chili. Most chili parlors do not offer plain chili as a regular menu item. Polly Campbell, former food editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, calls ordering a bowl of chili, “Ridiculous. Would you order a bowl of spaghetti sauce? Because that’s what you’re doing.”

Partially eaten 5-way from Skyline, garnished with oyster crackers

Serving and eating
Ways and Coneys are traditionally served in a shallow oval bowl. Oyster crackers are usually served with Cincinnati chili,[9] and a mild hot sauce such as Tabasco is frequently available to be used as an optional topping to be added at the table. Locals eat Cincinnati chili as if it were a casserole, cutting each bite with the side of the fork instead of twirling the noodles.

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Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Turkey Club Sandwich

December 2, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 1 Comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Turkey Club Sandwich. Made using JENNIE-O DELI FAVORITES Oven Roasted or Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast and JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon. Along with Reduced-Fat Cheddar Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato, and Lettuce and it’s all on a toasted Whole Grain Bread! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2022! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Club Sandwich

When it comes to sandwiches, the Turkey Club is the best there is. With crunchy cucumbers, toasted bread and crispy turkey bacon, this is a Club the whole family will want to join.
Total Time – 30 Minutes
Serving Size – 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

8 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon
4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
8 slices reduced-calorie whole grain bread, toasted
8 ounces thinly sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, or Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
4 ounces thinly sliced reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 lettuce leaves

DIRECTIONS

1) Preheat a nonstick skillet or electric griddle over medium heat (375°F.). Heat slices of bacon for 6-7 minutes or until desired crispness, turning frequently. Set aside

2) In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and horseradish. Spread mixture on toasted bread slices.

3) Top with turkey breast, cheese, onion, tomato, bacon and lettuce.

4) Place remaining toasted bread on top.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 330
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 6g
Sugars 4g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 840mg
Saturated Fat 6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-club-sandwich/

Turkey and Salsa Dip

November 25, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Here’s the perfect recipe for when you settle in and watch the game, Turkey and Salsa Dip. Delicious and healthy Dip, perfect for your Tortilla Chips! Made using JENNIE-O® Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey, Green Onions, Salsa, Light Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Ripe Olives, and Tortilla Chips. You can make these in 15 minutes or less and its 340 calories and 27 net carbs. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2022! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey and Salsa Dip
This hearty dip is sure to win over any game day crowd. Featuring lean protein, salsa and cheese, it’s ready in 15 minutes flat. Serve it with tortilla chips at your next party.
Total Time 20 Minutes
Serving Size 8 Servings

INGREDIENTS
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey
½ cup chopped green onion
1 (15.5-ounce) jar salsa
1 cup light sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped ripe olives
8 ounces tortilla chips

DIRECTIONS
1) Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.

2) Add ground turkey to hot skillet. Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

3) Add turkey to 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle half green onions over turkey and top with salsa. Spread sour cream over salsa and sprinkle cheese over top.

4) Garnish with remaining green onions and olives. Serve with tortilla chips.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 340
Protein 16g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Fat 17g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 980mg
Saturated Fat 7g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-salsa-dip/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Veggie Taco Salad

November 21, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Veggie Taco Salad. Soy Crumbles replaces the meat in the Taco Salad. Other ingredients needed are; Salsa, Shredded Lettuce, Corn Kernels, Black Beans, along with the toppings. There’s 180 calories and 26 carbs per serving. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

Veggie Taco Salad
Recipe for Veggie Taco Salad from our Main Dishes recipe section.

Ingredients

2 cups soy crumbles (you can find these in your grocer’s freezer section or refrigerated meat section)
3/4 cup salsa
5 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup black beans

Topping Options

1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
2 tablespoons fat free sour cream

Directions

1 – In large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook crumbles and salsa over medium heat about 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently.
2 – In large bowl toss together lettuce, corn and black beans. Arrange on 4 serving plates. Top with crumbles mixture. Sprinkle with toppings.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 180
Protein: 14g
Sodium: 600 mg
Fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 26g
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/veggie-taco-salad

Appetizer of the Week – Grilled Cheese Marinara

November 5, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week – Grilled Cheese Marinara. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Cheddar Cheese, Crushed Cracker Crumbs, Dried Italian Seasoning, Ground Pepper, Large Eggs, and Marinara Sauce. Say Cheese! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Grilled Cheese Marinara
Who can resist the taste and texture of warm, flavorful cheese cloaked in a crispy coating paired with a simple tomato and basil marinara sauce?

Recipe Ingredients:
8 ounces mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or cheddar cheese
2 cups crushed cracker crumbs (plain or flavored as desired)
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs
Homemade or commercial marinara sauce

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cut cheese lengthwise into 1/3 to 1/2-inch-thick slices.
2 – Combine cracker crumbs, Italian seasoning, and pepper in a shallow dish.
3 – Working with one piece of cheese at a time, dip cheese slices in beaten egg, coating completely. Coat with crumb mixture; place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
4 – To grill, prepare grill for medium-high heat. Place a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil on the grill rack. Place coated cheese strips on foil-lined grill; cover and grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts.
5 – To pan-fry, brush the bottom of a heavy skillet with olive oil; place over medium-high heat until hot. Reduce heat to medium; add cheese slices.
6 – Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts. Using a spatula, transfer to serving plates; serve with marinara sauce.

Makes 8 to 10 appetizer servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/grilled_cheese_marinara_recipe.html

Turkey Club Sandwich

January 14, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Comfort Food Alert! One Delicious Recipe for a Turkey Club Sandwich. Made using JENNIE-O DELI FAVORITES Oven Roasted or Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast and JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon. Along with Reduced-Fat Cheddar Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato, and Lettuce and it’s all on a toasted Whole Grain Bread! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2022! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Club Sandwich
When it comes to sandwiches, the Turkey Club is the best there is. With crunchy cucumbers, toasted bread and crispy turkey bacon, this is a Club the whole family will want to join.
Total Time – 30 Minutes
Serving Size – 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

8 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon
4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
8 slices reduced-calorie whole grain bread, toasted
8 ounces thinly sliced JENNIE-O® DELI FAVORITES® Oven Roasted, or Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
4 ounces thinly sliced reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 lettuce leaves

DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat a nonstick skillet or electric griddle over medium heat (375°F.). Heat slices of bacon for 6-7 minutes or until desired crispness, turning frequently. Set aside
2) In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and horseradish. Spread mixture on toasted bread slices.
3) Top with turkey breast, cheese, onion, tomato, bacon and lettuce.
4) Place remaining toasted bread on top.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 330
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 6g
Sugars 4g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 840mg
Saturated Fat 6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/turkey-club-sandwich/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – GREEN CHILI CHEESE KETO BURGER WITH CILANTRO LIME BUTTER and PUREED CAULIFLOWER

July 28, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – GREEN CHILI CHEESE KETO BURGER WITH CILANTRO LIME BUTTER and PUREED CAULIFLOWER. This one is made using the Wild Idea Keto Burger. You’ll be using the Wild Idea Keto Burger along with the ingredients of Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Green Chili or Poblano Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, Avocados, and Cilantro Lime Butter. No Buns needed for this recipe! You can find this recipe and purchase all the Wild Idea Buffalo Products along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

GREEN CHILI CHEESE KETO BURGER WITH CILANTRO LIME BUTTER and PUREED CAULIFLOWER
Lose your buns with Jill’s fork and knife keto burger recipe!
Burger Ingredients: (per serving)

1 – 4oz. or 8oz. Wild Idea Keto Burger
1 – teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1 – green chili or poblano pepper, roasted peeled and seeded
1 – oz. jack or cheddar cheese, sliced
avocado slices
Cilantro Lime butter

Preparation:

1 – Rub the pre-portioned burger with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2 – In a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat add the prepped burger to the pan, nestling it up against the edge of the pan.
3 – Turn the burger every minute, keeping the uncooked edge nestled to the side. Cook 4 oz. burgers for about two minutes each side and the 8 oz. burgers about 3 minutes each side for medium rare.
4 – During the last minute of the burger cooking, add the roasted pepper to the pan and heat for about 15 seconds on each side. Place the heated roasted chilies on top of the burger and top with the cheese.
5 – Transfer the burger to a plate and tent with foil. Let rest for three minutes before eating.
6 – To serve, place a scoop of the pureed cauliflower in the center of a plate. Top with the Green Chili Cheese Keto Burger and garnish with avocado slices, chopped tomato and drizzle with cilantro lime butter! So good!

Pureed Cauliflower with Cilantro Lime Butter

Ingredients:

1 – head cauliflower, flowerets removed
1 – teaspoon salt
Cilantro Lime Butter
pepper

Preparation:

1 – In a pot bring a quart of water to a boil.
2 – Add the salt and the cauliflower, cover and cook until tender. About 8 minutes.
3 – Drain the water from the cauliflower and return the pan with the cauliflower back to the stove over low heat for about 7 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the cauliflower from browning. This process helps pull some of the extra moisture away.
4 – Remove from the heat and mash the cauliflower with a potato masher. Transfer the cauliflower then to a food processor.
5 – Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cilantro lime butter and puree.
6 – Season with black pepper to taste. Reheat if needed.

Cilantro Lime Butter

Ingredients:

1 – stick butter
1 – lime, juiced
1 – head cilantro leaves, washed and dried
*Optional – a pinch of cayenne pepper

Preparation: Melt the butter and transfer the melted butter to smoothie blender. Add the lime juice and cilantro. Blend on high until incorporated. Season with a pinch of cayenne. Leave at room temperature, stirring occasionally to keep ingredients incorporated. Or serve hot.
Photo Credit: Jill O’Brien
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/green-chili-cheese-keto-burger-with-cilantro-lime-butter-pureed-cauliflower

 

 

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Georgia Pecan Vegetable Torte with Cheddar

July 12, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Georgia Pecan Vegetable Torte with Cheddar. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Chopped Pecans, Sweet Potato, Onion, Frozen Spinach, Cheddar Cheese, Yellow Squash, Jar Roasted Red Pepper, and more! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Georgia Pecan Vegetable Torte with Cheddar
A meatless main-course dish, this torte is a mosaic of vegetable flavors and colors, enriched with layers of cheese and pecan. Serve it warm or at room temperature with a simple green salad.

Recipe Ingredients:
3/4 cup chopped pecans – divided use
1 large sweet potato (approximately 12 ounces)
Salt and ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced (not separated into rings)
2 (10-ounces each) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese flavored with chives (about 1 1/2 cups) – divided use
2 medium (5-ounces each) yellow squash
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red pepper, drained, sliced and cleaned

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Oil the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
2 – Peel the sweet potato and slice crosswise into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Arrange the sweet potato in overlapping layers in bottom of pan, sprinkling lightly with salt and ground black pepper. Cover pan with foil and bake 20 minutes.
3 – Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet and sauté onion until tender; set aside. Drain the spinach and squeeze in a colander to remove excess liquid. Combine spinach, 1 cup cheese, salt and ground black pepper to taste and mix well; set aside.
4 – Uncover pan and spread spinach mixture evenly on top of sweet potato layer; sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.
5 – Slice the yellow squash crosswise into very thin (about 1/8-inch thick) rounds and layer in pan alternating with the onion.
6 – Top with 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup cheese, the basil, salt and ground black pepper. Arrange red pepper pieces in a single layer on top.
7 – Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet and press down on torte with the back of a metal spatula to squeeze out any remaining excess liquid. Drain the liquid, brush the red pepper layer lightly with oil and bake torte on top of baking sheet 20 minutes.
8 – Sprinkle torte with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and pecans and bake 6 to 8 minutes longer or until cheese melts and pecans are lightly toasted.
9 – Cool at least 15 minutes.
10 – To serve, run a thin knife around the inside edge of pan to loosen torte. Remove sides of pan and cut into wedges to serve.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 330; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Total Carbs: 30g; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 13g; Sodium: 266mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/georgia_pecan_vegetable_torte_with_cheddar_recipe.html

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – DAKOTA TACOS “INDIAN TACOS”  

June 30, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | 3 Comments
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is, DAKOTA TACOS “INDIAN TACOS”. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Fry Bread, Recipes, Spices, Tacos, Wild Idea Ground Buffalo Meat, Zesty Sour Cream Dressing, and Cheddar Cheese. Your Tacos to the next level of flavor! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021!   https://wildideabuffalo.com/

DAKOTA TACOS “INDIAN TACOS”
My secret ingredient in the preparation of the fry bread, is club soda, which makes the dough and bread lighter. I also use coconut oil, which has a good nutritional profile, and is great for deep frying. Be sure to fry at a high enough heat, 375° to limit oil absorption and to give the edges a nice crispiness. The slightly spicy, seasoned meat balances nicely with the creamy, Zesty Sour Cream Dressing.

Taco Ingredients:
1 – pound Wild Idea Ground Buffalo Meat
1 – small onion, chopped
1 – tablespoon olive oil
2 – teaspoons chili powder
2 – teaspoons cumin
1½ – teaspoons salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
1 – teaspoon garlic powder
1 – teaspoon oregano
1 – teaspoon smoked paprika
½ – teaspoon coriander
2 – cups lettuce leaves, or chopped lettuce
1 – cup grated cheddar cheese
Zesty Sour Cream Dressing, recipe below

Preparation:

1) Measure all spice ingredients, and set aside.

2) In a sauté pan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil.

3) Add the chopped onion and crumble in the ground buffalo.

4) Sprinkle seasonings over the meat, and stir to incorporate, breaking up the meat into smaller pieces as you stir.

5) Cook until meat is browned, about 7 minutes. Cover, set aside, and re-heat when the fry bread is ready.

6) To assemble, place warm fry bread on plates, and top with the hot seasoned meat, lettuce, and cheese. Drizzle with the Zesty Sour Cream Dressing and enjoy!

 

Fry Bread *Recipe makes 4 fry bread servings, with 275 calories per each.
Ingredients:
2 – cups unbleached organic flour, plus a half cup more for handling and rolling out
2 – teaspoon baking soda
¼ – teaspoon salt
½ – cup 2% milk
½ cup club soda
3 – cups coconut oil
Preparation:

1) Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and sift to incorporate.

2) Add milk and soda and stir in until incorporated. The dough will be slightly sticky.

3) Flour hands and pat dough into a ball, place the dough on a floured surface and divide into 4 equal servings. Using floured hands press portions into a disk shape and roll out into about a six-inch diameter with a floured rolling pin.

4) In a 8 inch diameter saucepan, over medium high heat, heat coconut oil. Oil is at the right temperature when at 375°, or you can test by inserting a wooden spoon into the oil, the oil is ready if it bubbles up around the spoon.

5) Drop fry bread disk into oil carefully, one at a time, cooking about one minute each side or until golden. Place cooked fry breads on a paper bag or paper towels until ready to serve.

*Fry Bread is best served soon after cooking, or while still warm.

Zesty Sour Cream Dressing

Ingredients:
¾ – cup sour cream
2 – tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 – tablespoons canned, roasted, peeled green chilies with juice, puréed
¼ – teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional or to taste
salt to taste
Preparation: Mix all ingredients together and whisk to incorporate. Store in refrigerator until needed.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/dakota-tacos-indian-tacos

One of America’s Favorites – Cincinnati Chili

June 28, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A Cincinnati chili 4-way garnished with oyster crackers

Cincinnati chili (or Cincinnati-style chili) is a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti or hot dogs (“coneys”); both dishes were developed by Macedonian immigrant restaurateurs in the 1920s. In 2013, Smithsonian named it one of the “20 Most Iconic Foods in America”. Its name evokes comparison to chili con carne, but the two are dissimilar in consistency, flavors and serving methods, which for Cincinnati chili more resemble Greek pasta sauces and the spiced-meat hot dog topping sauces seen in other parts of the United States.

Ingredients include ground beef, water or stock, tomato paste, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, and in some home recipes unsweetened dark chocolate in a soupy consistency. The most popular order is a ‘three-way’, which adds shredded cheddar cheese to the chili-topped spaghetti (‘two-way’), while serving it ‘four-‘ or ‘five-ways’ comes from addition of chopped onions and/or beans. Dishes are often served with oyster crackers and a mild hot sauce. Cincinnati chili is almost never served or eaten by the bowl.

While served in many local restaurants, it is most often associated with the over 250 independent and chain “chili parlors” (restaurants specializing in Cincinnati chili) found throughout greater Cincinnati with franchise locations throughout Ohio and in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, and the Middle East. The dish is the Cincinnati area’s best-known regional food.

Skyline Chili location in Cincinnati

Cincinnati chili originated with immigrant restaurateurs from Macedonia who were trying to expand their customer base by moving beyond narrowly ethnic styles of cuisine. Ethnic Macedonians Tom and John Kiradjieff immigrated from the town of Hrupishta (today’s Argos Orestiko in Greece), fleeing the Balkan Wars, ethnic rivalries, and bigotry, in 1921. They began serving a “stew with traditional Mediterranean spices” as a topping for hot dogs which they called “coneys” in 1922 at their hot dog stand located next to a burlesque theater called the Empress, which they named their business after. Tom Kiradjieff used the sauce to modify a traditional Greek dish, speculated to have been pastitsio, moussaka or saltsa kima to come up with a dish he called chili spaghetti. He first developed a recipe calling for the spaghetti to be cooked in the chili but changed his method in response to customer requests and began serving the sauce as a topping, eventually adding grated cheese as a topping for both the chili spaghetti and the coneys, also in response to customer requests.

To make ordering more efficient, the brothers created the “way” system of ordering. The style has since been copied and modified by many other restaurant proprietors, often fellow Greek and Macedonian immigrants who had worked at Empress restaurants before leaving to open their own chili parlors, often following the business model to the point of locating their restaurants adjacent to theaters.

Empress was the largest chili parlor chain in Cincinnati until 1949, when a former Empress employee and Greek immigrant, Nicholas Lambrinides, started Skyline Chili. In 1965, four brothers named Daoud, immigrants from Jordan, bought a restaurant called Hamburger Heaven from a former Empress employee. They noticed that the Cincinnati chili was outselling the hamburgers on their menu and changed the restaurant’s name to Gold Star Chili. As of 2015, Skyline (over 130 locations) and Gold Star (89 locations) were the largest Cincinnati chili parlor chains, while Empress had only two remaining locations, down from over a dozen during the chain’s most successful period.

Gold Star Chili restaurant interior

Besides Empress, Skyline, and Gold Star, there are also smaller chains such as Dixie Chili and Deli and numerous independents including the acclaimed Camp Washington Chili. Other independents include Pleasant Ridge Chili, Blue Ash Chili, Park Chili Parlor, Price Hill Chili, Chili Time, Orlando based Cincinnati Chili Company, and the Blue Jay Restaurant, in all totalling more than 250 chili parlors. In 1985 one of the founders of Gold Star Chili, Fahid Daoud, returned to Jordan, where he opened his own parlor, called Chili House. Outside of Jordan, Chili House as of 2020 had locations in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Turkey and Qatar.

In addition to the chili parlors, some version of Cincinnati chili is commonly served at many local restaurants. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, the oldest bar in the city, serves a vegetarian “Cincy Lentils” dish ordered in “ways.” Melt Eclectic Cafe offers a vegan 3-way. For Restaurant Week 2018, a local mixologist developed a cocktail called “Manhattan Skyline,” a Cincinnati chili-flavored whiskey cocktail.

The history of Cincinnati chili shares many factors in common with the apparently independent but simultaneous development of the Coney Island hot dog in other areas of the United States. “Virtually all” were developed by Greek or Macedonian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island as they fled the fallout from the Balkan Wars in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Partially eaten 5-way from Skyline, garnished with oyster crackers

Raw ground beef is crumbled in water and/or stock, tomato paste and seasonings are added, and the mixture is brought to a boil and then simmered for several hours to form a thin meat sauce. Many recipes call for an overnight chill in the refrigerator to allow for easy skimming of fat and to allow flavors to develop, then reheating to serve. Typical proportions are 2 pounds of ground beef to 4 cups of water and 6 oz tomato paste to make 8 servings.

Ordering Cincinnati chili is based on a specific ingredient series: chili, spaghetti, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, and kidney beans. The number before the “way” of the chili determines which ingredients are included in each chili order. Customers order a:

* Two-way: spaghetti topped with chili (also called “chili spaghetti”)
* Three-way: spaghetti, chili, and cheese
* Four-way onion: spaghetti, chili, onions, and cheese
* Four-way bean: spaghetti, chili, beans, and cheese
* Five-way: spaghetti, chili, beans, onions, and cheese
small oval white plate with cheese coney showing bun, hot dog, sauce, and shredded cheese
Skyline cheese coney (hot dog topped with Cincinnati-style chili, mustard, onions, and a heap of shredded cheese)

Skyline cheese coney (hot dog topped with Cincinnati-style chili, mustard, onions, and a heap of shredded cheese)

* Some chili parlors will also serve the dish “inverted”: cheese on the bottom, so that it melts. Some restaurants, among them Skyline and Gold Star, do not use the term “four-way bean”, instead using the term “four-way” to denote a three-way plus the customer’s choice of onions or beans. Some restaurants may add extra ingredients to the way system; for example, Dixie Chili offers a “six-way”, which adds chopped garlic to a five-way. Cincinnati chili is also used as a hot dog topping to make a “coney”, a regional variation on the Coney Island chili dog, which is topped with shredded cheddar cheese to make a “cheese coney”. The standard coney also includes mustard and chopped onion. The “three-way” and the cheese coney are the most popular orders.

Very few customers order a bowl of plain chili. Most chili parlors do not offer plain chili as a regular menu item. Polly Campbell, former food editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, calls ordering a bowl of chili, “Ridiculous. Would you order a bowl of spaghetti sauce? Because that’s what you’re doing.”

Serving and eating
Ways and coneys are traditionally served in a shallow oval bowl. Oyster crackers are usually served with Cincinnati chili,[9] and a mild hot sauce such as Tabasco is frequently available to be used as an optional topping to be added at the table. Locals eat Cincinnati chili as if it were a casserole, cutting each bite with the side of the fork instead of twirling the noodles.

 

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