Skyline Chili

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Skyline Chili is a popular fast food chain in Cincinnati. They are the official chili for sports teams like the Cincinnati Reds and the Columbus Blue Jackets. So what makes Cincinnati-style chili so unique? It’s a sauce and not chili con carne. Also the key ingredient is cinnamon. In Ohio they serve it over spaghetti noodles or on a hot dog. You can have it 3-way (spaghetti topped with chili and cheese), 4-way (spaghetti topped with chili, cheese and onions) or 5-way (spaghetti topped with chili, cheese, onions and kidney beans). You can also have it as a coney dog (chili with cheese, onions and mustard) or make a dip out of it. Oyster crackers can be a topping as well.

Now my friend from ‘The Nati’ says you gotta have it with hot sauce. He feels it is the key ingredient. I was turned onto Skyline chili years ago from my friends from Ohio. Because they didn’t sell it here in AZ, I found a recipe and made my own. I think I might have ordered some from their website as well to make sure I was making it right. But now that I see they have been selling it in the grocery stores, I’ve been stocking up on it. As my friend Preston from OH puts it, Skyline chili is some “Good S**t!”

Not the prettiest pictures.. but you get the point! (coney dog and a 3-way)

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Spaghetti dinner with Turkey Meatballs

In goes the meatballs into the slow cooker

Tonight I made a spaghetti dinner for my missional community. I had to worked overnight the night before, so I needed to come up with something that could cook on its own as I slept. I found this slow-cooker recipe that turned out to be very good. It had a little kick to it as you first taste it because of the red peppers, but then it gets more mild as it sits and the flavors really sink in. I ended up having 10 people and 4 kids from my church in my little apartment. I really enjoy having a chance to host and be a blessing to others. There are some great cooks in my MC, so I get a lot of good critiques from them. I made some garlic bread and vegetables to go along with the meal. I also cooked up some gluten-free pasta for the ones with sensitive stomachs. We had a great night of food and fellowship in my home. I also had my kids and they enjoyed having the company over.

Cooking the pasta, vegetables and garlic bread

After 6 hours, the meatballs are fully cooked

TURKEY MEATBALLS IN PAPRIKA TOMATO SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • One 14.5-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • One 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground dark meat turkey

Serve with spaghetti.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 7 minutes. Transfer 1 1/3 cups of the onion mixture to a large bowl; let cool. Reserve the skillet.
  2. Using a food processor, puree the tomatoes and roasted peppers. Add the puree to the skillet and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the paprika and season with salt and pepper; transfer to a large slow cooker, cover and set to low temperature.
  3. Whisk the breadcrumbs, egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper into the remaining onion mixture. Mix in the turkey. Form 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.

Yummy dinner!