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Easy Built Chili
by Stephen Niedzielski
3 lb. Ground Beef Sirloin
3/4 lb. Ground Breakfast Sausage
4 Tsp. Garlic Granules
4 Tsp. Onion Granules
7 Tsp. Cumin Powder
6 Tsp. Chili Powder
4 Tsp. Cayenne 90K HU
5 Tsp. Ground Red Chili Peppers
6 Tsp. Crushed Red Chili Peppers 15K HU*
3 Tsp. Crushed Red Chili Peppers 75K HU*
1/2 Cup Oregano
1/2 Cup Basil
1/2 Cup Parsley
12 oz. Contadina Tomato Paste
10.75 oz. Campbell Tomato Soup
84 oz. Contadina Tomato Puree
46.5 oz. Kidney Beans
1 Large Jar Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
3 Large Whole Ancho Chili Peppers
5 Arbol Chili Peppers
5 Dried New Mexico Sweet Chiles
1/2 Sliced Green Pepper
* K = 1000, HU = Heat Unit
1: Introduce ground beef sirloin to a large pot and simmer at a
low temperature. While beef is browning, season with pepper and
salt occasionally. After adding pepper and salt, dice thoroughly
During your beef adventure, put ground "breakfast" sausage
in frying pan. Maintain a vigil of stirring and chopping until brown.
By completion of each meat's browning process, a completion of mincing
should be simultaneous.
Note: Ground "breakfast" sausage will complete this cycle
prior to ground beef sirloin. Additionally, adding salt and pepper
to ground "breakfast" sausage is only done with the knowledge
that it is already seasoned.
2: Completed browning, henceforth add listed spices. Do not add
whole peppers or sauces/beans at this time. Mix spices and beef
3: After mixing spices, add sauces, do not add kidney beans at this
time. Mix even more thoroughly than before. The fate of the chili
depends upon it. No pressure.
4: Add strained, or partially strained kidney beans. Stir very gently,
but completely, do not burst the delicate skins of the kidney beans.
5: After dicing the green pepper, and removing its seeds, submerge
all of the peppers into strategic locations throughout the pot.
You will need to stir these into different positions regularly.
You may also wish to remove these after the cooking process, I do.
6: Cook on low for 25+ minutes or until bubbles appear, stir and
sample occasionally. Repeat for a long time. Rapid oxidation will
result in burnt food, exercise restraint.
7: After cooking, remove unwanted peppers.
8. Serve with a smile.
Easy Built Models' Family Pizza Recipe
by Dave Niedzielski
Thanks to Jimmy Dimmitri for the starting point.
Start off with a large can of Redpack pizza sauce - about a gallon size
can. We bring ours down here to Alabama from Erie on each visit.
You could experiment with what is available in your area.
Dump this into a large pot, start warming it. You will only warm
the mix while you are preparing it then I put mine into containers
holding enough for 2 or 3 pizzas and freeze it. The freezing actually
bursts the seasoning and herbs allowing them to mix with the sauce.
It seems to get more flavorful after freezing but can be used immediately
if you are making a new batch of sauce.
Mix in 1 1/2 cups dried, shredded or chopped up basil leaves.
Mix in 3/4 cup of oregano
1 or 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of granular sugar - less if you prefer a less sweet
flavor to the sauce
1 tablespoon of salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper (depends on how spicy you
want the flavor to feel)
1 or 2 teaspoons of garlic powder (depends on how much you like
garlic or want the flavor to stand out)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 small cans of tomato paste - I've stopped using this, my wife
doesn't care for it. I've been thinking of replacing it with sauce
but for now I skip it without any noticeable difference. I'm thinking
the sauce might thin it out a little as it thickens up quite a bit.
Containerize and freeze it. You should have enough for about 12-14 pizzas.
Thaw before using. I use 3 - 6 minutes in the microwave with a power
setting of 4 to quickly thaw it. Any leftover I just cover back
up and throw in the freezer. Small containers work better than large for
the thawing process.
For the shell I use to make it from scratch but I've found the Martha
White pizza mix to be just as good and definitely quicker. I use
an 18" round tray, no holes, to bake the shell on. Crispy crust is obtained
with lower temperatures, high temperatures tend to result in a more doughy type crust.
1 package spread thin across the pan is a very thin crispy crust,
1½ packages over the same is still a thin crust but with a little
more to it. 2 packages will give you a standard crust. I only mix
up ingredients for one shell at a time. The amount of water you add to the mix is so critical. Try making
a couple using less than, nearly as much, the exact amount and then
slightly more to learn the differences it makes in the crust and to find
out which you prefer. Too much water can make it very tough to handle
as a sticky mess, add some regular flour if you need to dry it up
some or more water if it is too dry. Remember to multiply the amount
of water by the number of packages you are using. Too dry dough will
keep pulling back into a ball instead of spinning out into a shell.
I use virgin olive oil on the tray and my hands to keep it from
sticking while I'm handling it and for baking. Light use of oil will not
affect the crust but a heavy coating can change it, depends on how heavy
you like the crust. Definitely let it set for at least 5 minutes to activate the yeast
in the mix. Keep it covered with a damp paper towel so it doesn't dry
out. Sometimes I truly toss the pizza in the air (beware of ceiling fans)
and other times I use a rolling pin to rough the shape. I do it on the
counter, pick it up and then stretch it out across the pan. Use
your palm to build up a ring around the edge for a nice rolled crusty
edge. Push the dough around to even out some of the thin spots or to fix
holes. With the shell spread on the sheet take a fork to tap small holes
in the shell to minimize any large air pockets from forming while it is
cooking. You want some air pockets of moderate size to make the
shell light and puffy.
Bake just the shell for 6 - 9 minutes, center shelf at 450°F. Thin
crusts take less time than thick. This takes practice to learn where
you like the texture to come out at. The thin crust are easier to
recognize because areas will start to brown and its ready quickly
all the way through.
Pull the shell out, start your next shell baking while you add the
toppings to the first one. After spreading the sauce on the shell, lightly dust with fresh
Parmesan cheese before putting on the Mozzarella or whatever your choice
of cheese is. I put about 2 cups of mozzarella on a single pizza.
I like to add the pepperoni slices and green bell pepper strips
last. Some parts of the country like to bury the pepperoni.
Pull out the second shell, the timer should be going off about now.
Put in the prepared pizza and bake for another 7 - 9 minutes at
the 450°F. You are watching for the cheese to just start getting the
brown spots appearing, it should be a bubbling mix.
Top the second pizza while the first one is in the finish bake stage.
If the kids are hungry then we bake and eat both. If not I take
the second pizza with its toppings and instead of baking I slip it into
a large plastic bag and set it in the freezer for another night. To
cook I just heat up the oven to 450F, place the frozen pizza on the pan
and bake for 10 - 15 minutes, I watch for the cheese to get just right
and then pull it out.
I use a dedicated wooden cutting board for our pizza. I place a
teaspoon of virgin olive oil in the center with about a half teaspoon
of salt. I smear this around the board with the palm of my hand. When
the pizza comes out of the oven I slide it off the metal tray onto the
cutting board. The pizza picks up a small amount of the salt and
oil that hits your tongue when you take a bite. The crust can be made
crispier by using olive oil to coat the shell or more bread like by skipping the oil.
This has taken me about 30 years to develop and learn what works
and doesn't for me but you will need to play and experiment to increase
the flavors you like strong or weak and the dough the way you like it.
We hope you find it enjoyable.
Another variation that you can do for a change is take the rolled
out dough cut it into 4 equal pie slices. Take each slice place your
sauce and toppings on one half of the slice and then pull the other half
over it and pinch the edges off sealing the toppings inside. Place this
in the oven until the crust starts to brown. YUMMY.
I've made bread sticks with the mix but coat them with olive oil
so they get a nice crispy brown coating. Dip them in the pizza sauce.
Always be careful not to burn yourself - the cheese keeps the heat