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Homemade Chili Verde

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Chili Verde is a style of chili traditionally made with white beans, tomatillos, onions, garlic, jalapeno or serrano peppers. Verde (the color green) lets you know the sauce is not tomato-based, instead, using the ingredients I’ve mentioned along with a lot of bold spices.

Listen, you could also add your choice of protein, like, ground chicken, pork, or turkey to this dish. Today, I’m adding braised pork to my Chili Verde.

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Mexican chocolate as seen below is used as a spice in traditional chili recipes. This chocolate adds depth of flavor to this dish.

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The tomatillo, which is not related to the tomato instead belongs to the gooseberry family and comes in its own natural wrapping.

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I have a great tip for removing corn kernels from their cob and that’s to use a bundt pan. This way the corn won’t fly off in every direction.

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Using the leftover Chili Verde to create a pie was a perfect idea. Garnished with a few slices of avocado, my Chili Verde Pie turned out to be a home run.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 2 (6-quart) Dutch oven pots, 1 (10-cup) food processor, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, large mixing bowl, medium-size mixing bowl, chef’s knife, indoor grill-pan, bundt pan, pastry brush, non-stick cooking spray, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, kitchen twine

Ingredients For The Braised Pork Loin:
1 (3-pound) pork loin, tied
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of Canola oil (use for grilling corn)
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 tablespoon of ground chipotle powder
1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
3 cup of chicken stock, unsalted
3 cups of orange juice
6 sprigs of cilantro
2 bay leaves
1 medium-size onion, peeled and halved
1 whole jalapeno

Ingredients For The Chili Verde:
1/2 cup of olive oil plus 7 tablespoons
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
2 tablespoon of ground coriander
8 tomatillos, peeled and quartered
4 large white onions, 2 quartered, 1 diced, 1 roasted
1 whole bulb of garlic, roasted, divided
4 Poblano peppers, roasted
2 limes, juiced
3 1/4 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
3 cups of orange juice
1 green bell pepper diced
3 jalapeno peppers, 2 seeded and minced (substitute serrano pepper)
1 cup of cilantro leaves plus 5 sprigs of cilantro (including their stems)
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of Mexican chocolate, freshly grated
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar
1 lime, juiced
2 (15.5-ounce) cans of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups of shelled Edamame, shelled (optional)
4 corn on the cob, grilled and kernels removed
braised pork cooking liquid, reserve 1/2 a cup for *slurry
2 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch

Garnish and Toppings:
crunchy tortilla strips
cheddar cheese, freshly grated
Queso Fresco, crumbled
1/2 red onion, finely diced
lime wedges
cilantro

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Start by spraying both sides of the corn tortillas with non-stick cooking spray. Stack the tortillas on top of each other slicing them into strips. Divide the strips in half giving you two equal portions. Arrange the tortilla strips into a single layer on each baking sheet pan. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow the tortilla strips to cool for 15 minutes before placing them into a large resealable bag.

Adust the oven temperature to 425-degrees F.
Directions For Roasting The Vegetables:
To start, slice a whole garlic bulb in half crosswise. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper to taste. Wrap tightly with foil. Place the poblano peppers, the halved onion, and foil-wrapped garlic bulb on a rimmed baking sheet pan. Drizzle 1/2 cup of olive oil over the poblanos and onion halves. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

In the meantime, seed and dice 1 green bell pepper, dice the onion, quarter the tomatillos, and seed and mince the 2 jalapeno peppers. Place the vegetables on a large platter and set aside. Shuck corn, remove the silk. Set aside.

Transfer the Poblano peppers to a large mixing bowl cover tightly with plastic wrap, steam for 15 minutes. Next, carefully unwrap the roasted garlic allowing it to cool along with the onion halves.

Take 1/2 the roasted garlic bulb, squeeze the bulb until the roasted garlic slides out from the skins. Dice the roasted garlic, transfer to the plate containing the diced green bell pepper and onion.

Moving forward, using your hands, peel the skin off the Poblano peppers. Cut the tops off then remove and discard the seeds. Into the food processor, fitted with the metal blade, add the roasted poblanos, the remaining half of roasted garlic cloves, lime juice, and both the roasted onion halves. Next, add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, and 1/4 cup of chicken stock. Pulse until the mixture comes together in a thick consistency. Refer to the picture above. Transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl. Set aside.

This beautifully roasted poblano-garlic flavored purée that is going to bring this chili up to a level of perfection.

Heat the indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush each one of the corn with Canola oil. Arrange the cobs on the grill pan turning them every 2 minutes or until they begin to char around 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Using a bundt pan, remove the kernels. Set aside.

Adjust the oven temperature to 350-degrees F.
Directions For Braising The Pork Loin:
Start by adding the spices into a large mixing bowl for the pork loin. Add ground cumin, coriander, dried Chipotle powder, brown sugar, Kosher salt, garlic powder, and fresh ground black pepper. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, mix to form a paste. Cover the pork loin with the spice rub, transfer to a large plate. Set aside.

In the bottom of a large Dutch oven add the quartered onions, 3 cups of chicken broth, orange juice, 5 tied sprigs of cilantro, 2 bay leaves, and 1 whole jalapeno. Arrange the spice-rubbed pork loin on top. You want to make sure the liquid comes up the sides of the pork without covering the meat. If needed, adjust the liquid by adding water.

Over medium-high heat bring up to a boil, reduce the heat allowing the liquid in the pot to be at a simmer. Place the lid on, transfer to the oven and cook for 5 hours.

Halfway into the cooking process flip the pork loin and continue cooking. After the pork has finished braising transfer the pot to the top of the stove. Carefully remove the pork loin to a cutting board. Discard the string. Cut the pork into bite-size chunks and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In another Dutch oven over medium heat add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. To the oil add 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, and 2 tablespoons of ground coriander, stir to combine. Stirring frequently, cook for 1 minute allowing the spices to *bloom or until you smell their aroma.

To the pot add the diced green bell peppers, onions, minced jalapenos, and roasted garlic, stir to coat with spice mixture. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until soft. Add the freshly grated Mexican chocolate, lime juice, and the Agave nectar stir to combine. Finish by adding the poblano purée, and tomatillos, again stir to combine.

Now it’s time for the liquid. Using a slotted spoon and scoop out the onions, bay leaves, and jalapeno. They ‘ve done their work. Reserve 1/2 cup of the braising liquid in a small bowl and set aside. I’ll explain in a minute. The rest of the liquid is going into the chili.

At this point add the corn, Cannelini beans, and Edamame (optional) to the pot.

To the pot containing the vegetables add the shredded pork and all the braising liquid. You want the liquid to come up to about 2 inches from the top. If needed, add a little chicken stock. Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes.

The liquid will reduce and the chili will thicken some but not enough. Here’s what I do. After the 45 minutes taste for seasoning. Add Kosher salt and pepper if needed. In the bowl containing the reserved braising liquid add the cornstarch, mix until smooth and paste-like.

Add the *slurry into the chili. Allow the chili to come back up to a bubble and cook for another 15 minutes.

The Homemade Chili Verde is ready.

The best part is the toppings. I chose to make some crunchy tortilla strips, cheddar, and Queso Fresco cheese, avocado slices, and lime wedges.

I’m wondering if you can #tastethelove that went into making this dish?

How can you change this chili into something a little different the next day? Dishes like this are always better the next day because the flavors marry together which causes magical things to happen. I spent a lot of time making this dish, so I thought I’d turn my chili into Chili Verde Pies. I bought 2 boxes of store-bought ready-made pie crusts. There are some great ones out there so don’t be afraid to take advantage whenever you can.

I took two of my pie dishes and placed 1 pie crust into the bottom of each pie plate. Then I brushed the bottom pie-crust dough with beaten egg whites. This helps to prevent that raw mushy-like bottom dough taste. The egg whites form a barrier between the filling and the crust. Cool right?

Using a slotted spoon, to separate as much of the liquid as possible, I filled both the pies with half the chili. Sprinkled shredded cheddar and the Queso Fresco on top of each pie. Placed the remaining two pie crusts on top of each pie, crimped the edges, brushed them with an egg wash, and cooked them according to the directions on the pie crust box. There you have it, Homemade Chili Verde Pie.

*Bloom:  The process of cooking spices in oil allowing them to release their essential oils.

*Slurry:  A thickening mixture that is made up of cold liquid with cornstarch. It’s used as a thickening agent.

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Braised Beef Short Ribs With Root Vegetables Over Cheesy Grits

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My Braised Beef Short Ribs With Root Vegetables Over Cheesy Grits is a dish I love serving to family and friends. There are a few steps in making this recipe but it’s so worth it. Complex flavors and textures are what make this dish so delicious!

I’m asked a lot what the difference is between grits and polenta. I’ve always known polenta to be used in Italian cuisine and grits always being a staple in southern cuisine and this is true but the real difference is in the corn.

While polenta is made from ground yellow corn, grits are made from white corn (also known as hominy). The most notable difference between the two is in the texture: polenta is much coarser, whereas grits are finer.

It’s important when making a dish like this that you get all the prep done in advance.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, large mixing bowl, food processor

Ingredients For Beef Short Ribs:
2-pounds beef short ribs
4 tablespoon grapeseed oil (substitute vegetable oil)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (substitute any neutral oil)
2 pounds of beef short ribs, browned
3 poblano peppers, roasted, tops removed and seeded, 2-inch dice
1-pint whole cremini mushrooms
2 1/2 cups of (1 medium-size butternut squash), of butternut squash, peeled and seeded, 2-inch dice
1 large sweet onion, 2-inch dice
2 parsnips, 2-inch dice
2 carrots, 2-inch dice
2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, 2-inch dice
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 1/2 cups of beef broth, unsalted
2 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped for garnish

Ingredients For Cheesy Grits
1 cup half-and-half
4 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
1 cup of coarse stone-ground white grits
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
4 ounces of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated

Directions For Roasting Poblano Peppers:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.
Rub Poblano peppers with olive oil, place on a rimmed baking sheet pan, roast turning halfway through the cooking process until they develop a beautifully charred skin on the outside, about 30 minutes, times may vary slightly. Remove from the oven, place in a heat-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This method traps the steam and allows for easy removal of the skin. From there, slice the tops off the poblanos and remove the and seeds.

Directions For Browning Beef Short Ribs:
In a large mixing bowl add the all-purpose flour, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, whisk to combine. Add the short ribs in batches to the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour and transfer the short ribs to a rimmed baking sheet pan until all the short ribs are coated.

Adjust the oven temperature to 350-degrees F.
Place 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, and heat until it is almost smoking. Working in batches (2 tablespoons of oil per batch), add the seasoned floured beef short ribs to the hot oil. Cook the ribs until browned on both sides. If necessary, do this in batches, do not overcrowd the pot. Remove the ribs from the pot and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet pan. Set aside.

Add onions, carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, and roasted poblano peppers to oil in the Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally (using a wooden spoon), until vegetables are softened and golden, about 10 minutes.

Add 1 cup of the Cabernet, stir with a wooden spoon until all the browned bits have been scraped from the bottom of the pot, and the pot is clean. Add the remaining cup of Cabernet cook until the wine reduces by half. Add the minced garlic, beef broth, and herbs.

Return browned ribs to the Dutch oven. Bring the liquid back up to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat off, cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 3 hours until short ribs are very tender.

After the short ribs have been cooking for 2 hours 15 minutes carefully remove the pot from the oven. Add the diced potatoes and whole mushrooms. Cover and place back into the oven for the remaining 45 minutes.

Transfer the pot from the oven to the top of the stove. Remove the short ribs from the pot. Ladle as much fat off the top of the sauce as possible. Take two ladles of the vegetables from the bottom of the pot and transfer to a food processor.  Pulse a couple of times until the vegetables are purèed. Add the purèed vegetable back into the pot, stir to combine.

Set the heat to the lowest setting, stirring occasionally. As soon as the short ribs are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones. Using two forks, shred into small pieces. Return the shredded meat to the pot, stir to combine. Turn the heat to off, cover to keep warm.

Tip: Spray the dull side of the foil with non-stick cooking spray before covering the grits. The will prevent the cheese on top from sticking to the foil.

Directions For Cheesy Grits:
In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring half-and-half, chicken broth, to a boil. Add the Kosher salt. In a slow stream, while continuously whisking, add the cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low and cook at a bare simmer, still whisking until the cornmeal thickens and slow bubbles begin to erupt about 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the stove, switch to a wooden spoon, stir in butter, fresh ground black pepper, and cheese. Transfer to a baking dish, cover with foil. Keep warm until serving.

To Serve: Spoon the Cheesy Polenta in the bottom of a serving bowl. Ladle a good helping of the Braised Beef Short Ribs With Root Vegetables Over Cheesy Polenta. Serve hot.

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