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TIP OF THE DAY: Fritos Chili Pie For National Chili Day & The Oscars

Frito Chili Pie Recipe

Chili In Mason Jar

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Top: Frito Chili Pie from Frito-Lay. Center: Country Living Magazine suggests making individual servings in Mason jars. Bottom: RealMomKitchen.com made the prettiest version.

 

Back in 2012, Fritos set the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever Frito Chili Pie: 1,300 pounds of Fritos, chili and cheese.

For February 28th, National Chili Day, consider recreating the recipe, scaled down to human size.

Prep time is 5 minutes. It’s comfort food you can make during the commercial breaks during tonight’s Oscars.

If you want to make your own chili, great; but you’ll be spending more than 5 minutes.

A bonus for corn chip lovers: There’s also a National Tortilla Chip Day on February 24th (that’s two celebrations in one week!).

RECIPE: FRITO CHILI PIE

Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 1 large bag Fritos Corn Chips (substitute tortilla chips—the difference)
  • 1 can chili with beef (15 ounces, with or without beans)
  • 1 bag (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar or other cheese
  • Garnishes: chopped scallions or red onion, chopped tomatoes, fresh cilantro, shredded lettuce, sliced jalapeños and/or sour cream
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F.

    2. SPREAD the corn chips evenly over the bottom of an oven-safe serving dish or pie plate (preferably glass). Heat the chili and pour it evenly over corn chips.

    3. SPRINKLE the cheese over the top and pop the pie into the oven to melt the cheese. Remove from the oven, add the garnishes and serve immediately with a serving spoon. Give soup spoons to the participants as well as forks.
     
    Want a vegetarian or vegan recipe? Use all-bean chili, or try this recipe, which substitutes tofu for the beef.

     
    FRITO CHILI PIE HISTORY

    The Fritos brand was born in 1932 when Elmer Doolin of San Antonio, Texas purchased a corn chips recipe from a local producer. He made the first Fritos brand chips in his mother’s kitchen.

    The popularity of the corn chips snack was catapulted in 1961, when Doolin joined forces with H.W. Lay & Company to create Frito-Lay.

    To help sell more product, Doolin’s mother, Daisy Dean Doolin, created recipes using Fritos as a recipe ingredient. She created the now-famous Fritos Chili Pie.

     
    FRITOS PIE VARIATIONS

    Fritos Chili Pie is so popular that it has its own website, FritosPieRemix.com.

    If it looks like you’ve landed on You Tube, that’s because you have: The site is a collection of videos demonstrating different recipes with, among other ingredients, ahi tuna, black beans, cole slaw, cranberries, cream cheese, curry, eggs, elbow macaroni, grits, horseradish, peanut butter, pineapple, potato chips, pork and beans, pumpkin, ramen noodles, spinach and tofu… and applesauce, caramel, chocolate and ice cream!
     
      

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    ACADEMY AWARDS RECIPE: Popcorn Cupcakes

    Popcorn and a movie?

    How about popcorn cupcakes and a movie awards show?

    Jessica of PNP Flowers Inc. created these fun cupcakes with popcorn. The popcorn is both in the batter and a garnish on top of the icing.

    Why not whip up a batch for your Oscar nibbles?

    Here’s Jessica’s recipe; the original recipe is from the Food Network.

    More fun:

    Can you guess which country has the most motion picture award organizations, after the U.S.? The answer is in the footnote below.

    Here’s a list of film awards worldwide.

    For yet more fun, pull down the Holidays & Occasions menu at the right and select Academy Awards.

     

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    Cupcakes for the movies, with popcorn both inside and on top. Photo courtesy PNP Flowers Inc.

     
    *The country that bestows the second largest number of film awards is India.

      

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    FOOD FUN: Oscar Party Sushi

    If your Oscar party will include sushi, how about a platter that looks like a director’s slate?

    This fun idea comes from SushiShop, which isn’t selling the “director’s slate” platters but developed this as part of an advertising campaign.

    You can make it yourself with:

  • 10 pieces of salmon nigiri (fish atop rice pads)
  • 10 pieces of tamago nigiri (egg custard)
  • 24 pieces of pieces of black caviar roll in green soy wrappers (or a cucumber wrap), topped with a dab of green mayonnaise (or a piece of edamame)
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    Your local sushi restaurant can create this for you, or work with you to create a different design with different sushi varieties (check them out in our beautiful Sushi Glossary).

     

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    Cut! Eat! Photo courtesy SushiShop.com.

     

    Unless you’re a mogul, you can buy affordable black lumpfish caviar or black capelin caviar. We found 12 ounces for $29.99 and $14.95, respectively, on Amazon.

    Check out the different types of caviar.

      

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    RECIPE: Parmesan Popcorn, Jalapeño Popcorn

    Following up on our “Diet Oscars” menu, here’s a recipe for flavored popcorn. In addition to movie-watching (or movie award show-watching), gourmet popcorn goes well with cocktails, wine and beer.

    Don’t like cheese or rosemary? Head to Popcorn.org, the website of the The Popcorn Board, for scores of flavored popcorn recipes.

    The recipes yield four quarts of flavored popcorn: 16 one-cup servings (or for our family, four one-quart servings).

    We made these recipes with imported Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese because we love the superior flavor; but you can use domestic Parmesan. You’ll get better flavor if you grate it freshly, rather than buy pre-grated (and please, nothing from a can!). Here’s the difference between the imported and domestic versions.

     

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    Brighten up cheese popcorn with some rosemary. Photo courtesy Popcorn.org.

     
    RECIPE: ROSEMARY & PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO POPCORN

    Ingredients For 4 Quarts

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely crushed rosemary (fresh or jarred)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or substitute sea salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper, optional
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    Preparation

    1. PLACE popcorn in a large serving bowl.

    2. MIX butter, olive oil and rosemary together in a small bowl; microwave 20 seconds to melt butter. Stir butter mixture and pour over popcorn; toss. Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt and pepper over popcorn.

    3. TOSS again and serve.

     

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    Kick up the cheese popcorn with jalapeño.
    Photo courtesy Popcorn.org.

     

    RECIPE: JALAPEÑO CHEESE POPCORN

    Ingredients For 16 One-Cup Servings

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2-3 teaspoons jalapeño green hot sauce or more to taste (you can substitute whatever hot sauce you have)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (substitute cheese with brewer’s yeast for a low fat alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
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    Preparation

    1. PLACE popcorn in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle popcorn with hot sauce, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt.

    2. TOSS and serve immediately.

     
    AND IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

    It’s a pleasant surprise: home-popped popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can enjoy.

    It’s full of polyphenols, antioxidants that help to neutralize the free radicals that contribute to aging. In fact, popcorn has one of the highest levels of polyphenols of any plant food.

    It’s also a whole grain, packed with fiber. If you use just a little butter or cheese, you’re adding a bit of cholesterol; but it’s just as easy to skip the cheese, use olive oil, and pile on lots of herbs and spices.

    Note that prepackaged, store-bought microwave popcorn is less good for you, made with chemicals and synthetics for flavoring and coloring.

    So pop it yourself—it’s easy enough! You can also make the following recipe without oil; but the amount we use is neglible. For an interesting twist, experiment with other oils you may have on hand: nut oils, sesame oil, etc.
     
    RECIPE: EASY MICROWAVE POPCORN

    Ingredients For 3 Cups

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the popcorn and oil in a bowl and mix to coat. Add to bag and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.

    2. MICROWAVE on full power for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, listening until you hear pauses of 2-3 seconds between pops and remove the bag from the microwave. (Even tough there may be some unpopped kernels, to continue cooking risks burning the popped kernels.)

    3. OPEN the bag carefully, releasing the hot steam; then pour into a serving bowl.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: The “Diet” Oscar Party

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    We especially like Tribe hummus with
    toppings—although you can always add your
    own toppings
    to plain hummus. Photo by Elvira
    Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

     

    “What are you serving for the Oscars?” ask our friends.

    Last year it was a high-calorie gourmet feast, including rich appetizers, duck lasagna with a flight of wines, a cheese plate and a choice of four desserts (cream cheese-frosted cupcakes, Grand Marnier brownies, hazelnut shortbread and tropical fruit salad), followed by several liqueurs sent to THE NIBBLE for tasting.

    The only healthful, moderate-calorie dish of the evening was the fruit salad.

    This year, as we thought about sitting down and eating over four hours, our New Year’s resolution angel popped up and said: “Do you think all those trim stars eat lasagna and cupcakes? Make this year the “healthy Oscars!”

    Point taken! We planned to buy some of the ingredients already prepared, as we won’t have the time to do everything from scratch as we did last year.

    Here’s our lower calorie, better-for-you menu for this year’s Academy Awards:

     
    BEVERAGES

  • Diet sangria: a blend of red wine, diet orange soda, fresh fruit and a touch of Grand Marnier.
  • Flavored and plain club sodas: individually customized with lemon and lime wedges and an assortment of flavored bitters.
  • Wine spriters: diluting both the calories and the alcohol impact.
  • After-dinner coffee or espresso: from our Keurig and Nespresso machines, which make it easy to provide different strengths, flavors and decaf.
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    MUNCHIES

  • Crudités: a colorful, flavorful, tempting selection. The best thing to fill up on is raw veggies!
  • Dips: nonfat Greek yogurt with herbs and garlic and three different flavors of hummus with toppings (we especially like Tribe Natural’s Mediterranean Style, Spicy Red Pepper and Zesty Spice & Garlic). Here’s how to add your own toppings to plain hummus.
  • Seafood: One of our friends, whose family owns restaurants, is bringing a large plat de mer—what a luxury! Otherwise, we’d have gotten a sushi platter.
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    MAIN MEAL

  • Salad bar: a build-your-own dinner salad with two lettuce options, salad vegetables, beans, lentils, olives, capers, gherkins, grilled chicken (Perdue Short Cuts) and chipotle-flavored tuna (Bumble Bee).
  • “Salad pizza”: Our local gourmet pizzeria makes a “salad pizza”—10 vegetables on whole wheat dough. If anyone is still hungry, we’ll order one.
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    DESSERT

  • Fruit salad: five or six different fruits, depending on what looks good in the market on Saturday.
  • Micro cupcakes: one guest is bringing an assortment from Baked By Melissa, a New York City chain that makes many flavors of bite-sized cupcakes. Tthe size of a quarter, they’re about 50 calories each. The goal is to eat just one.
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    Even if everyone leaves stuffed, they’ll be stuffed with good-for-you foods.

     

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    A wonderful contribution to our “Diet Oscars” party. This plat de mer is courtesy Artisanal Restaurant | NYC.

     

      

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