When Bruce and I married, and I served it to Emily and Sharon, they weren't sold on it at first. There are different spices in it, including cinnamon and allspice. Do not let that throw you. This stuff is, well, as Dad described it, "Beautiful!" Emily and Sharon didn't think so, but dutifully ate dinner whenever it was served. About two years into our marriage Emily took a High School trip to Greece. What a wonderful experience for a young person! I did not expect one of her comments when she returned home, "They served your Chili there!" She was hooked; Sharon, too. It was true, the street-side vendors doled out bowls of pasta ladelled with my chili! Well, it was their chili...somehow Cincinnati got a hold of the recipe (I'm sure from Greek imigrants) and a tradition was borne.
|We found a Skyline Chili in Columbus|
|Yes, it promotes peace...or nirvana|
Don't think of it like American Chili. Don't think of it like Italian Spaghetti. This is a unique recipe and experience! It does take a little time, but it is well worth it. Leftovers are even better the next day! There are individual recipes and I have heard that many include chocolate--my Dad's never did and so I don't know the difference. Dad wrote his recipe down long ago. I still have the old, stained index card:
2 lbs ground beef (I find 80-85% lean the best)
1 toe garlic (that's what Dad called them, otherwise "clove"), chopped fine
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp ground Cinnamon (start with that, but I use 2)
1 tsp ground Allspice
2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1 quart water
4 medium onions, chopped fine
1 Tb white vinegar
3 Tbs good quality Chili Powder; I use McCormick's, from Baltimore
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
2 bay leaves
Put the ground beef into the pot with the water. Chop it and mash the meat to break up any clumps. This chili has a smooth texture. Add all of the rest of the ingredients and simmer for two to three hours. Be careful not to let it burn; stir regularly. Most of the water will evaporate but the final product will be decidedly waterier than spaghetti sauce.
|I love the Pampered Chef meat chopper tool for this|
|After cooking a few hours|
Serve over spaghetti noodles (called two-way), topped with shredded cheddar (three-way), and chopped onions (four-way). I think five-way is with hot peppers? Cincinnatians chime in here, please. Dad always served saltines as well, and we'd crush them on top. We just had some for dinner again tonight. Oh, served on a hotdog it makes the absolute best chili-dog.
|Jim loves onions in his|
The Greeks must have created this with the mythical gods in mind. It is heavenly!
(Bon Appetit in Greek)
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