Posts tagged: Cinnamon

Slow Cooker HOT Texas Chili

HOT Texas Chili

HOT Texas Chili

I love a great chili. I have participated in many chili cook-offs, but rarely place because I like my chili HOT. If you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen. The following is my basic chili recipe minus my 3 secret ingredients. When you make chili you always need to have a secret ingredient or three. I have different recipes based on the method of cooking, this one is for a 6 hour slow cooker. Of course you can substitute different chili’s and spices to taste.

I find that adding sweet tends to allow people to take the heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chuck (80/20), large grind preferred
  • 1 pound chorizo, large grind preferred
  • 1/2 pound diced chuck (1/4 inch cubes)
  • Chilies
    • 3 Serrano chilies, chopped
    • 4 Thai chilies, chopped
    • 2 Red Habanero, chopped
    • 3 Red Hot Holland chilies, chopped
    • 3 Red Fresno chilies, chopped
    • 1 Poblano chili, chopped
    • 2 Red Dulce Mediteraneo chilies, chopped
    • 3 Jalapeño chilies, chopped
    • 2 dried New Mexico chilies, whole
    • 2 dried Cascabel chilies, whole
  • Spices
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher or Sea Salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder (I use my own blend)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 3/4 tablespoon fennel seed
    • 1/2 tablespoon ground cayenne
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 8 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Secret ingredients 1 (H), 2 (O) and 3 (T)

Directions:

Add wine and tomatoes to slow cooker set on low. Brown chuck, chorizo and diced chuck. Add to slow cooker undrained. Mix well. Prepare onion, fennel, garlic and chilies, add and stir in to slow cooker. Add spices and mix well. At about the 2 hour mark add brown sugar and mix well. Slow cook for 6 hours on low.

Serve in deep bowl with crackers and beer.

A nice spin to this dish is to add 1/2 to 3/4 pound of diced peeled deviened shrimp in the last hour of cooking.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster is a traditional New Orleans dessert. Created by Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951, it is still served in many fine restaurants around the world. Some recipes call for rum, but there is no “Rum Street” in New Orleans to my knowledge, so use bourbon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3-4 bananas, peeled and cut into coins
  • 3 teaspoons fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (Makers Mark recommended)
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur (Banana 99 recommended)
  • 1/2 gallon Butter Pecan ice cream

Directions

Bananas Foster being flambéd

Bananas Foster being flambéd

In small pan, mix bourbon and banana liqueur and gently warm it. Melt butter and and then add sugar  sugar in a medium pan. Add bananas and pecans. Saute until bananas become tender (2-3 minutes). Sprinkle with the cinnamon. Pour the bourbon/liqueur over the bananas and flambé. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon in to flame. Serve with the ice cream and sprinkle with remaining  cinnamon.

Fresh Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney over Bone-In Pork Chop

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney over Bone-In Pork Chop

Rather simple recipe for a fresh habanero and mango chutney. Great on pork and most fish. Caution VERY spicy.

Ingredients:

2 cups diced Mangos (2 small)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Habaneros, finely chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoons corn starch

Prep:

Cut mangos with a mango slicer, or into halves with a chef knife to either side of the seed. Use a spoon to remove the skin from the fruit. Dice mango into 1/4 to 3/8 inch squares.

Directions:

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney on Pan Fried Tilapia

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney on Pan Fried Tilapia

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and habaneros. Saute for two minutes. Add the mango, salt, pepper, cinnamon  and paprika. Saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add vinegar, wine and brown sugar sugar and bring to a boil. Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes until wine and vinegar are almost completely reduced, stirring constantly. Add corn starch and mix until well blended. Remove from the heat and cool. Store in an airtight container.

Stacys Intense Ceviche

Fresh Ingredients
Fresh Ingredients

Ceviche is one of the easiest appetizers to make. Take some seafood, throw it in some citric juices, and wait. That’s it. The acid in the citric juice actually cooks the seafood. Below, is the way I make ceviche for a party, it’s SIC.

Ingredients

1 Poblano Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Orange Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 cup Red Onion, cut into 1″ squares
2 Large Jalapenos, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
4 Garlic coves, minced
2 cups Mango, peeled and cut into large 3/4″ to 1″ cubes
1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. Bay Scallops
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Pepper
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 cup Fresh Lime juice
1 cup Fresh Lemon juice
1 1/2 cup Fresh Orange juice
1/2 cup Rum

Directions:

Put everything into a gallon sized Ziploc storage bag. Close Ziploc and shake to fully mix ingredients. Remove air from Ziploc. Place Ziploc in bowl. Marinade in refrigerator  for 18-24 hours.

Use:

Stacys Intense Cheviche
Stacys Intense Ceviche

Strain juice from ingredients. It is often useful to save the juice for repackaging. Spoon ingredients in to Martini glasses and serve with a toothpick.

Pan Fried Tilapia with Shallots and A to Z Salad

Simple and quick meal.

Ingredients:

2 6-8 ounce Tilapia fillets
2 shallots
16 asparagus stalks
2 medium zucchini
4-6 green onions
2 tablespoons pepper infused extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons course ground pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoons basil leaves
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoons thyme leaves
Grated Romano Cheese

Directions:

For the A to Z salad, cut asparagus in 1/2 inch lengths on the diagonal. Boil for 5 minutes or until the asparagus can easily be speared with a fork. Remove from heat and drain water. Use a vegetable peeler or mandoline to cut the zucchini into strips lengthwise. Cut green onion into 1 inch lengths. Add vegetables to a salad bowl. Add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to mix vegetables and oil.

Pan Fried Tilapia with Shallots and A to Z Salad

Pan Fried Tilapia with Shallots and A to Z Salad

Thinly slice shallots. Add shallot slices and 2 tablespoons of pepper infused olive oil to a medium to large skillet. Over a medium heat cook shallots for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, mix dry spices. Melt 1/4 cup butter. For each side of the tilapia fillets, brush with melted butter and dust with spice mixture. Lightly pat the fillet. Move the shallots to the edge of the skillet a fry the tilapia in the same skillet for 2 1/2 minutes on each side.
Serve tilapia topped with shalots. Serve A to Z salad topped with Romano cheese.

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