Celebrate the 30th Annual Colchester Winter Carnival February 1, 2, 3, 2013.
This examiner is participating in the Chili Challenge which takes place Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. and benefits the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont.
Continuing from Chili Challenge: Black bean and Italian Sausage recipe, part one:
The basic ingredients are peppers, tomatoes, seasons, beans and meat.
During harvest season all the vegetables are available at Paul Mazza Fruit & Vegetables in Colchester and Essex.
At other times, the ingredients can be found at any Hannaford location.
Begin roasting the pan of peppers 15 minutes before inserting the pan of tomatoes.
Core and cut into large wedges 2 -3 pounds of green tomatoes (in winter try tomatillos or omit) to fill a sheet pan.
Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and combine.
Cover pan with aluminum foil and roast at 400' F for 30 minutes.
At this point stir the pan of peppers. Remove the pan of green tomatoes from the oven.
Add 2 -3 red tomatoes, cored and sliced, to the green tomatoes. Stir to combine.
Roast the pepper pan uncovered and the tomato pan covered for 30 minutes.
To balance the flavor, core and cut into large pieces two Macintosh or other tart crisp apples.
Layer on top of pan of peppers and sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
Roast for 15 minutes.
At the same time, uncover the pan of tomatoes and sprinkle with Penzeys Spices 33rd & Galena spice blend.
Roast for 15 minutes.
Carefully transfer all the roasted vegetables into the Crockpot and add water per manufacturer's instructions.
Rinse and drain one can of black beans. Add to Crockpot.
Brown ground hot & spicy Italian sausage in frying pan with onions. Drain and add to Crockpot.
Add 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) Penzeys Spices 33rd & Galena spice blend to the Crockpot.
Stir to blend and set slow cooker to appropriate setting for 6-8 hours covered.
Stir occasionally and taste to adjust seasonings if needed.
Serve bowls of chili with optional toppings of sour cream, shredded cheddar, cilantro and lime juice.
Goes well with corn bread, beer and the Super Bowl!
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