One of the most incredible aspects of our existence is the interconnectedness we experience with those who surround us. It is simultaneously heartening and humbling. As a case in point, those who peddle in chili are much indebted to the meat providers- farmers, hunters, and butchers. We at chili365 are incredibly fortunate to have hunters in the tribe. Their generous gifts of meat keep the chili bowls full and the antacids rolling. Last night’s venison bourbon concoction was, I feel, a small misstep. Perhaps it would be appropriate to make a culinary mends. What better way to set things right than with pie- CHILI PIE.
10 oz elk chops, cut into small cubes
1T chili powder
½ t crushed red pepper
½ t cumin
1 red pepper chopped (about 1 ½ C)
4 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
½ C onions diced
1 t Sriracha
1 t Mexican oregano
½ New Mexican pepper powder
1T real bacon bits
1 ½ C vegetable juice
2 Pillsbury pie crusts
Cut elk into small cubes.
Mix, flour, chili powder, crushed red pepper and cumin in a bowl
Coat elk with seasoned flour mix
Melt butter in a stew pot.
Fry coated elk until well browned.
To the pot, add red pepper, mushrooms, onion, Sriracha, oregano, and New Mexican chile powder.
Simmer 10 minutes.
Add bacon bits and vegetable juice.
Simmer 20 minutes.
Add egg, mixing thoroughly.
Simmer 10 minutes.
Prepare the pie crust as per package instructions, with chili mix (obviously) lovingly nestled between the top and bottom crust.
Bake 40 minutes at 425F.
Medicine cabinet notes- Mrs. Chili365 snagged 3 bottles of Alka-seltzer chewables from the druggist. Goodness bless the enablers.
With pie comes redemption. This was an excellent meal, a suitably elegant dish that showcases the tender elk chops. The pie crust masterfully enveloped the succulent stew. The flaky texture harmoniously synchronized with the pleasantly zesty chili leaving the tasters (the ITP) pleasantly sated and brimming with goodwill. Chili wins the day. Undoubtedly, I’d be proud to bake this for the hunters in the chili365 clan. Goodness knows, there is not enough pie in life- let alone chili pie.