03 December, 2008

Frito Pie

I'm going to assume Baba (err... Babu?) won't mind since he mentioned putting it up on a page himself... The Frito Pie I'm wanting, scheduled, and haven't been able to make yet... in his own words.

In a large saucepan, put in about 2 tablespoons of canola oil and begin heating.

Add in some chopped onions (as many or as little as you like, chopped as finely or as large as you prefer, but at least SOME for the flavor).

Stir while heating until they begin to turn translucent – do not brown the onions, just soften them up as much as you want (if you prefer, they can stay a bit under cooked for the crunch).

Next, add in a can or two of your favorite chili (no beans) – ours is ‘’Wolf Brand.’’

Swirl a small amount of water in the can(s) and pour into the chili (about 1/8 cup or so per can – not very much).

Pour the water from the can(s) into the chili and continue stirriing while heating.

Add in some small chunks of Velveeta Cheese to the chili (I would guess about a cup full of chunks, but I never measure it).

Grate in about a fourth of a cup or so of Cheddar Cheese (the sharper the better) – Longhorn, Colby or Monterrey Jack work great too.

Keep stirring until the cheese is melted.

Stir in as many Fritos as you prefer and stir to coat them all with the chili.

Try to serve the Frito Pie before the Fritos get too soggy – if it does get soggy, you can pour it over some plain Fritos when you serve it on your plates.

Mammaw used to mix it all up like I do and would pour it into a 6’’ by 8’’ baking dish that was about 3 or 4 inches deep. She would put cheese on top (usually slices of Velveeta, but sometimes Longhorn Cheddar, and would then bake it in the oven at about 400 degrees or so until the cheese melted (sometimes it would even look toasted a bit!). I never have time to cook it that way, and it gets less soggy the way I make it, so I pretty much always do it on top of the stove.

Another way is to make it the same way I do, but leave out the Fritos and then pour the Chili over the Fritos on your plates. Never gets soggy that way, but I like the taste with the Fritos cooked in – try it both ways and see what you all think…

I can't wait to try it... but when is the question lol.