This was my first time eating a Frito Pie as it should be eaten – fresh, seconds after it was assembled, not after it took a 20 minutes trip downtown on the subway. It was like seeing things in color for the first time.
Those crunchy chips! That piping hot chili! The cheese that was not molten but just gently stringy! And those vibrant onions! This, unlike revenge, is a dish best served HOT! The Texan-inspired chili was made with thick chunks of beef that were tender but still toothsome, tasting of umami-licious steak. I say that the chili was Texas inspired because there were beans in this – a big no-no in traditional Texas chili. These kidney beans, the one food I generally hate, were perfectly cooked- creamy but not mushy, and an excellent sponge to sop up the smoky, savory, gently spicy flavors of the chili. Once again, not that spicy, but tangy pickled jalapenos added enough spice to the chili to move it from zesty to hot. In fact, the ample jalapenos made the dish so hot that the thick, smooth sour cream was a total necessity to temper the heat to allow other flavors to shine through. Other flavors like the tangy, vibrant cheddar cheese, the zippy diced onions and those salty, crunchy, corn-infused pieces of love called Fritos. This is not a dish you get if you are on a diet. Or if you have to run a marathon.
But then, this isn’t the type of blog you read if you are on a diet. Or if you have to run a marathon.
A trip to Cowgirl makes for an awesome time! It has great service, fair prices, and WONDERFUL food. Not the place I would come for a romantic date or a serious discussion, but then…how serious can you be over Frito Pie?
PS. Bake Sale for Japan…Saturday, April 2, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Brooklyn Flea. The tireless and incredibly kind ladies of Sweets by Sillianah and Cookbook Archaeology have pulled together some amazing treats from delicious spots all over the city. You show up and pay what you wish, with all proceeds going to help the disaster victims of Japan. Click here for more info! See you THERE!!