By Milly Brown
Where He Started
Guy Fieri started by selling salty snacks to his neighbors with his pretzel cart. Leaving high school at 16, Fieri lived in France for a year as an exchange student. After returning to the United States, Fieri graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. Later in 1996 he opened a restaurant, with his partner Steve Gruber, called Jonny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa, California.
Guy is known for his southern and Italian foods such as his Dragon breath chili, Mac daddy Mac ‘n cheese, and Cin-fol Peach cobbler. He currently has his own show called “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” Guy actually charged a fan 100,000 dollars to spend the day with him and ended up becoming good friends with him.
Dragon Breath Chili
3 tablespoons bacon grease or canola oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
3 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 jalapenos chiles, minced
2 yellow onions, diced
1 head garlic, minced
1 pound boneless chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
2 pounds ground beef, coarse grind
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
2 teaspoons hot paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup tomato paste
12 ounces lager beer
1 cup chicken stock
Two 15.5-ounce cans kidney beans, with juice
Two 15.5-ounce cans pinto beans, with juice
Double-Fried French Fries, for serving, recipe follows
Saltine crackers, for garnish
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Cheddar
Double-Fried French Fries:
Four 4- to 5-inch-long russet potatoes
8 cups canola oil
1 tablespoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Add the bacon grease and butter to a large stockpot over high heat. Add the Anaheim chiles, poblano chiles, red bell peppers, jalapeno chiles and onions, and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Add the chuck and brown, about 4 minutes. Add the ground beef and sausage and brown, stirring gently, trying not to break up the ground beef too much. Cook until the meat is nicely browned and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the chili powder, cayenne, coriander, cumin, granulated garlic, granulated onion, paprika, salt and black pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the tomato sauce and paste, and stir to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir in the beer and stock. Add the kidney and pinto beans; lower the heat and simmer, about 2 hours.
Serve the chili in bowls over Double-Fried French Fries and garnish with crackers, green onions and Cheddar.
Peel the potatoes on the sides, leaving the ends with the skin on. Cut the potatoes into 1/3-inch slices and then slice into 1/3-inch sticks.
Fill a large bowl with water and soak the potatoes, submerged, at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. This will help remove the excess starch from the potatoes and keep them from oxidizing.
Fit a heavy stockpot with a deep-fry thermometer and heat the oil to 325degress F.
Remove the potatoes from the water and pat dry to remove excess water. Carefully place two handfuls of potatoes into the hot oil. There should be at least 1 inch of oil above the potatoes. Parcook until the potatoes are light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the potatoes, gently shaking off the excess oil and let them drain on a rack. Repeat the process until all of the potatoes are parcooked.
Raise the heat of the oil to 350 degrees F. Cook the potatoes again, two handfuls at a time, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oil, shake off the excess oil, place in a bowl and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Repeat the process until all of the potatoes are cooked.
Makes 8 servings.
From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.