Monday, December 19, 2016

Frito Pie

THE GAME: Cowboys vs Buccaneers 

We've entered that two-week stretch in Southern California where it feels like winter. It should be gone by the 1st of January, but in the meantime it's gonna get all the way down into the 30s and 40s at night.

All I was in the mood for last night was to eat something warm and relax by the fireplace while watching Sunday Night Football.

I turned to a beloved dish: Frito Pie, the ingenious creation of chili, cheese and Fritos.

I once went to the former Woolworths in Santa Fe that claims to have invented this. It was the worst I've ever had.

My version, however, is fantastic.

NOTES ON THE FOOD: 

  • The Brown Bag Chili Mix is an old favorite of mine, so that's what I usually use these days when making chili, although really I just want their spices - I take their directions and make lots of modifications.
  • I browned two pounds of ground beef with onions, drained the fat, and added the spice mix. 
  • The recipe calls for tomato sauce but I used a mix of ketchup and mustard.
  • The whole thing then went in the slow cooker for about six hours on low. 
  • I served it over "Chili Cheese" flavored Fritos. I once lived for a couple of winters on the East Coast, where it actually gets cold for longer than a two-week stretch. I was astounded to find that I couldn't buy Chili Cheese Fritos within a 100-mile radius. I had to use regular Fritos in this recipe. They weren't nearly as good. 
  • With white cheddar melted on top

NOTES ON THE GAME: 
  • I've only seen Tampa Bay play once this year. I did not see any of the games during their current five-game winning streak. 
  • Dan Bailey has missed kicks two weeks in a row. Granted, neither were easy, but I don't remember seeing him miss two kicks all season, let alone in consecutive games. 
  • When Al Michaels announced that this is the 8th season for AT&T Stadium, I thought: There's no way that's right. Then I counted. I mean that literally: I counted on my fingers. Holy shit, it's true. 
  • I realize I may be the one-millionth person to say this, but it's crazy the Cowboys landed Elliott and Prescott in the same draft. 
  • It's never a good idea to turn the ball over on your opponent's 14-yard line. Well, unless you're playing the Browns or the Rams. Then it doesn't really matter. 
  • Those were a couple of flat-out awesome catches by Cameron Brate to take the lead in the 3rd quarter. 
  • Tampa had plenty of opportunities, but Winston lost a fumble and threw three interceptions. You can't beat a better team on the road with those stats. 

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