Contrary to what my kids say, falling asleep the moment a TV is switched on is NOT my only superpower. I can also hurl char-broiled sausage at phenomenal speed and with great accuracy. As it is with most superheroes, I discovered my de facto, mega faculty quite by accident. It was not until a good friend was screaming and writhing in pain somewhere in the 4 am darkness that I realized I had the sausage tossing gift. I believe with all conviction that the flame desiccated bratwurst was never meant to be eaten. No, no. It was predestined for projectile greatness. Forces beyond human comprehension implored me to drunkenly heave the burnt sausage in the general direction a buddy who was peeing somewhere in the pitch black wilderness. A spilled beer, a contused kidney, and several minutes of bewilderment later, I knew I had something others can only envy. I swore to myself that I’d use my tubesteak launching prowess only for the betterment of humankind. Sadly, humanity appears to have little need for a humble guy who tosses a mean sausage. Until the time is right, I guess I’ll just sit here and make chili. Ho hum and day 335.
14 oz ring sausage (sliced, not tossed)
½ C diced white onions
¼ C diced fresh jalapeno (deseeded)
1 T chili powder
1 t hot sauce
½ t coriander
½ t Italian seasoning
½ t onion powder
1 C Tomato sauce
1 T brown sugar
1 can (15.5 oz) chili flavored beans
- Fry sausage, onion, pepper, and seasonings until the sausage is well browned.
- Add tomato sauce and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add chili beans and simmer 10 minutes longer.
- Serve over hashbrowns or noodles.
Far from exotic, this simple and quick chili is standard and delicious. The chili beans add a chili and bean presence that is most expected. Not surprisingly, the onions and peppers taste much like onions and peppers. It all works pretty well together and with the sausage too. The ITP liked the chili, going so far as to praise it as ‘good’. They then shuffled out of the kitchen, not one turning his/her back to me. A short time later Mrs. Chili 365 quickly and quietly hid the left overs, lest I find reason to send them catapulting toward an ill-behaved, smart-assed child.