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Chef Darren’s Chili Recipe

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Chef Darren’s Chili Recipemoms best meal

Courtesy Darren MacLean, downtownfood

 

Ingredients:

 

  • Splash of vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 3400g tins of whole tomatoes with juice, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted and ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 cinnamon stick (Chef) (no cinnamon stick for Mom)
  • 2 450g cans kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 350 ml can of beer (Mom)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (Chef)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 3 teaspoons shredded scallions

 

 

To make:

 

  1. In a medium-sized stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, chili pepper and garlic until soft. Add ground beef; cook and stir until meat is browned, then drain off all excess fat from the beef before heading to the next step.
  2. De-glaze with wine and/or beer; allow to reduce by half before heading to the next step.
  3. Pour in tomatoes with liquid, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and cinnamon stick. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Stir in kidney beans and cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. Finish with a touch bitter dark chocolate for a chef’s touch (1/2 T only).
  6. Top with cheddar, sour cream and freshly chopped green onions.

 
Check out Chef Darren Maclean create this recipe with his mom!

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Chef Darren MacLean’s Miso-infused stuffing

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, Dec 23rd, 2014

Chef Darren MacLean’s Miso-infused stuffing

 

This recipe can be made the day before or first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to make sure there is enough for the whole family and then some.

 

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups white or yellow onions finely diced
  • 2 cups celery finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of shallots finely diced
  • 6 sprigs of thyme leaves picked and chopped
  • 2 2-inch stems of rosemary picked and chopped
  • 1 bunch of flat leaf parsely finely chopped
  • 10 leaves of sage finely diced
  • 1 large sprig of savory picked and chopped
  • 1 litre of chicken stock reduced by half
  • 2 T of white miso paste
  • 1/2 pound of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 chopped baguettes
  • or 2 loaves of sliced bread

 

Method:

1. Chop bread into bite size pieces and leave out overnight to dry.

2. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.

3. Once melted, add celery, onions and shallots. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Cook until semi-translucent but not colored. (About 7-10 minutes.)

5. When cooked, add miso and 1/2 the herbs. Continue to simmer for 2 minutes.

6. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer.

7. In a large bowl, pour mixture over the bread crumbs and mix thoroughly with 1/4 of the fresh herbs. (Reserve the last 1/4 of the fresh herbs for finishing.)

8. Place in a foil pan or cake pan and cover.

9. Bake for 20-30 minutes @ 350 degrees.

10. Uncover and broil on high for 1 minute to give stuffing a bit of crunch on the top.

11. Top the stuffing with the last 1/4 of the herbs and enjoy.

 

Note: Do not over-salt, as the miso contains a great deal of salt on its own. Should you need more seasoning, feel free to season with more salt…but only after adding the miso and tasting the mixture.

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