Pork Apple Chili
olive oil, 2 tablespoons
3 Sausages, ¾ pounds
2 pork chops, ¾ pounds halved down the center, then sliced
ground pork, ¾ pounds
5 large garlic cloves, ¼ cups minced
Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons
kosher salt, 1 teaspoon
Frank’s or other mild hot sauce, 2 tablespoons
smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons
ground rosemary, 2 tablespoons
mustard powder, 2 tablespoons
black pepper, 1 tablespoon
1 ham hock, about ¾ pounds
pancetta, 4 ounces chopped into small pieces
3 shallots, 1 cup chopped
whisky, 1 cup
3 cobs of corn (or frozen equivalent), 2 cups of kernels
6 small apples (mix varieties or use your favorite), 4.5 cups chunked
juice of 1 orange
maple syrup, 3 tablespoons
fresh thyme, ¼ cups minced
bell pepper, 1 med, 1¼ cups chopped
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 can black beans
brown sugar, 3 tablespoons
chili powder, pinch (or to taste)
Preheat Dutch oven over medium low heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook sausages until lightly browned. Remove them from the pan, let them rest, and slice them (they shouldn’t be cooked all the way through). Keep the cooked-off fat in the pot.
In a bowl, mix pork chops, ground pork and sliced sausage with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, hot sauce and 1 tablespoon each of olive oil, smoked paprika, rosemary, mustard powder and black pepper.
Cook ham hock for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook for 2 minutes. Add shallots and cook for 2 minutes. Add ¼ cup of whisky and bring heat up to medium high. Fold in the bowl of seasoned meat, and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Add corn and apple and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in ¾ cup of whisky, juice of one orange, maple syrup and thyme and cook for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper, crushed tomato and black beans. Season with brown sugar, chili powder and 1 tablespoon each of smoked paprika, rosemary and mustard powder.
Cover and simmer on low heat or in 250-degree oven for 2½ hours. When done, remove ham hock from pan, mince after cooling and fold back into the pot.
Presentation Idea: Make crostinis with slices of baguette, apple slices and cheddar cheese. Top with a fresh chive once baked – and good luck trying to eat just one or two!