After cooking Rib Roast I had a not inconsiderable amount of beef to deal with. So I decided on chilli for the first leftover dish. I think if I eat any more beef I’m going to grow horns and/or start lactating. Nice thought. Anyway we always served chilli with rice over here so I thought I’d try something different and attempted cornbread.
Anyway to create cornbread you’ll need
- Coarse ground corn flour
- Plain flour
- Baking powder
- An egg
- Salt and (quite a lot of) sugar
And for the chilli
- Cooked chuck beef
- Beef stock
- Tomatoes in juice
- Tomato paste
- Red wine
- Red peppers
- Red kidney beans
- Mixed dried herbs
- Smoked paprika
- Chilli powder
First make the cornbread; dead easy – stick all the ingredients in a bowl and mix:
Then pour into a cake tin and bake for about 20 minutes. I didn’t think cornbread was basically a heavy sponge. I still don’t think it is – so I guess I don’t think I really made cornbread. But who cares it was quite nice:
Taking photo of cornbread in new oven. Can still see into oven. Will soon get so grease-covered won’t be able to do this so making the most of it….
So the new oven isn’t that great – hence the slightly uneven finish:
Now onto the chilli. First prepare the stock using the bones from the roast and bits of scraps. Add water, onion, celery, some old yellow peppers and whole black peppercorns:
Bring to the boil and simmer for as long as you can. Then drain through a sieve into a jug (I like ‘rustic’ cooking but for the more discerning palate you might use muslin cloth to get a clear liquid I suppose).
Now you’ve got a proper real stock its time to chilli up! First fry the onions and peppers in butter:
Then add the stock and simmer until the juiciness starts to reduce:
Add in the beef and keep on simmering.
Now add the tomato ingredients, stir and simmer:
Add the remaining ingredients – wine, herbs, spices, beans. At this point (its been about twenty minutes since the onions started cooking), I tend to have drunk a glass of wine and the ingredients start to flow – so you might like to add some sugar, more chilli and soy sauce. But don’t go mad or it will end up like a gelatinous gloop.
Keep that sucker simmering on a low heat:
After half an hour…
…and an hour later!
Now all that’s left to do is serve up; with sour cream, grated cheese and chopped chives. Oh and big chunks of cornbread:
A well balanced, nutritious, meal from the House of Happiness Stan. Except for the beer. And the cream. And cheese……