Monday, September 30, 2013

Italian Chili

Italian Chili

makes 12 cups –    6 (2 cup) servings 
Pinch kosher salt
1 pound 90% lean ground beef
1 pound hot Italian chicken sausage, casings removed

*1 package of link sausage cut into pieces (I added this too)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 ½ cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green peppers
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
2 15-ounce cans chili beans (I prefer S&W) *(
I didn't add beans to mine)

2 10-ounce cans tomato sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Pecorino Romano, grated for serving
Garlic cheese croutons, for serving

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sprinkle salt.  Add beef, sausage and Italian seasoning.  Cook until meats are browned.  Drain drippings.

In a large pot over medium high heat add browned meats, peppers and onion, cook until onions are translucent.  Add garlic and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.    

Add diced tomatoes, chili beans, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin.  Simmer for 1 hour.  Add parsley, stir well to combine.

Serve with grated Pecorino Romano and croutons. *i didn't use croutons. 

Cream Cheese Crust Pizza

This was amazing too! I made Italian chili and then used some if the chili to top the pizza crust with pepperoni and cheese. Yummo! I will post the chili recipe too. :)

Cream Cheese Crust Pizza


1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
toppings - pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers
Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Crockpot Orange Chicken

I made this from The frugal girls. It was faboulous! 

Crockpot Orange Chicken

What You’ll Do:

  • Cook chicken in crockpot on high for 3 hours {covered}
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce
  • Pour mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes {covered}