First game of the season, or exhibition series as it were, for the Dallas Cowboys… Joe’s favorite team. Playing against Miami, a few important stats to weigh:
For Miami… Coach, Joe Philbin, is in his second season. His record is 7-9 overall. The Dolphins hold a winning record against the Cowboys in the regular season. They’re one of only six teams with this accomplishment. Out for this game are John Jerry and Rishard Matthews, while Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Jared Odrick, Randy Starks, Cameron Marshall, and Michael Clay are all questionable or doubtful.
For Dallas… Jason Garrett has a 21-19 overall record, and is in his third season as coach. Tony Romo is out because of coach’s decision (who plays a $108million contracted player in this game?), but these players are out with injury: Ron Leary, Nate Livings, Anthony Spencer, Tyrone Crawford, Jay Ratliff.
Enough stats… onto the cooking.
For the game we made chili to represent Texas and basil pulled pork for Miami- a little Cuban flare. The nice part about this combo was that the pork was super fast to prep- and took almost no effort. And it was delicious! Both the chili and pork can be served with tacos, chips, in sandwiches, with lime or avocado, or both, or over a bed of greens (arugula works great). We had an awesome family dinner chowing down (with a salad to off-set the heavy food and some stuffed jalapeños)- and were onto coffee before kickoff at 8.
Want to try making these great dishes?
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook : 2 hours (stove top)
Servings: 15 (leftovers are GREAT for freezing and saving for lunches)
2 lbs ground beef
1 large green pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup chili powder
2 cans kidney beans
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 bay leaf
Brown meat, pepper, and onion together in a large pot*
After meat is browned and veggies are soft drain the liquid from the pan
Add chili powder to the pan and stir
Open cans of crushed tomato, tomato paste and add to meat mixture
Open cans of kidney beans and pour only the liquid into the pan- Save beans for adding later
Add water, salt, sugar and bay leaf and simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours.
Add beans and simmer for 1/2 hour.
Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.
*Be sure to add meat to a hot pot- meat in a cold pat is sure to stick. Add 1/3c water to the pot to help with the browning process.
Basil Pulled Pork:
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook : 8 hours (crockpot)
Servings: 6 (1 cup)
You will need
3# BONELESS pork shoulder/butt- if you can only find bone-in, the cook time will be longer
1 1/2 T basil infused olive oil (recipe below)*
20-25 fresh basil leaves
Using a fork, stab pork about 5 times, covering all sides
Massage oil into the meat
Cover pork in salt
Place half the basil leaves in the bottom of the crock pot, put the pork on top
Put the rest of the leaves on top
Cover and cook on low for 7 hours**
Uncover and shred pork
Recover and cook at low for an additional hour
*TO MAKE INFUSED OIL
1c fresh finely chopped basil leaves
1 1/2c extra virgin olive oil (EVOO is important here)
Place chopped leaves in sauce pot, add oil
Cook on med/high heat for 5-7 minutes
Take off heat and let the mix steep for 30 minutes
Strain oil into a glass jar
This oil will keep for one month and is perfect for our recipe, but pairs well as a dressing over salads, dipping for bread, oil for croutons, on pasta dishes, and even as an oil for your nails (add just a drop to your cuticles at night)!
**Please do not try and rush the cook time! The full 8 hours at low heat will bring the juices out and make this pork the perfect center piece to your meal.
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