Chili Cheese Hashbrowns

We are too austere. It may be healthy to live it up just a bit, but living is up is difficult when life comes at you so fast. Regardless, I need to chillax and enjoy things like sunsets, hash browns and chili  cheese hash browns at sunset.  The last thing I want to do is follow in the path of Crazy Sarah, one of our backyard hens.  She spends her days (and nights) sitting on a plastic egg. I just couldn’t swing that esoteric little pastime.   All other practical considerations aside, if I tried to sit on her toy egg, Sarah would totally kick my ass. Is Sarah charmingly idiocentric?  Hardly- she’s totally cluckin’ nuts.  Sarah, my little feathered darling, that sham ovum hasn’t hatched a chick during the previous 3 years it has occupied your coop.  No amount of incubation is going to bring life to that non-sentient, petroleum-based ovoid.  Give it the hell up already.

It is day 295 of the chili experiment and, as is customary, I am not suffering fools well, not even my little chicken fools.

Ingredients:

 

Chili Part:

½ lb elk cubed

1/3 C ketchup

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained

1 can (15 oz) Mexican style diced tomatoes

2 T chili powder

1 t paprika

1 t onion powder

½ t red pepper flakes

 

Hash brown part:

4 T butter

¾ C diced onion

20 oz frozen shredded hash browns

 

Er, Cheese part:

1 C cheese

Directions:

  1. In a slow cooker, cook cubed elk in about 1/4C of ketchup (just enough to cover the meat) for 8 hours.
  2. Remove meat from the slow cooker and chop it into fine pieces.]
  3. Add meat and slow cooker dripping to a pot, along with the remaining chili ingredients.
  4. Simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Set chili aside while you make the hash browns.
  6. Fry onions in butter for 5 minutes.
  7. Add hash browns and fry for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Place a serving of hash browns on a plate and top with a serving of chili and then top with some cheese.
Chili Cheese Hashbrowns

Chili Cheese Hashbrowns

 

Tasting Notes:

I wish Sarah were in the house and eating the chili cheese hash browns. It is a good bet that she’d forget all about her stupid plastic egg if she was sampling this bit of culinary glory. I shouldn’t take all the credit, it is hard to go wrong when you combine fried potatoes, chili, and cheese. It is kind of a slam dunk or kind of like poutine (which Chili Jr. astutely pointed out). Yep, this here’s Elk Poutine. Come get it. The starchy potatoes, creamy cheese, and rich savory chili radiate like a beautiful sunset.

 

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