When I was asked to represent the great state of Alaska for Hormel Chili Nation, a chili pairing for each state, I started thinking about WHAT distinctly Alaskan food I would pair with their Hormel Chili. My first thought was SALMON, it’s what we’re famous for but then I thought ‘EW’ that doesn’t even sound good together. So I kept thinking, I asked my friends and they were all stumped too. Then out of the blue it struck me, PILOT BREAD. Alaskans eat MORE Pilot Bread than any other state, in fact you can’t get it in stores except in Alaska, Washington and Portland, but fear not you can order it online, I checked!
In Alaska you pretty much need to be ready. You need to be ready for a week long windstorm that will knock your power out. You need to be ready for earthquakes. You need to be ready for three feet of snow. You need to be ready for spur of the moment camping trips. Or even the invasion of hungry teenagers, which is universal and occurs anywhere teenagers reside. In all of those cases, no matter what, you still have to eat. You may not have power but you will need food and the wise will have stores of food that will keep for a long time and still taste good. Hormel Chili is a great thing to have in your pantry along with canned meats, canned beans, canned soups, canned smoked salmon, canned fruit and vegetables should be in there too. One thing most Alaskans keep alongside those canned products is Pilot Bread. A large round hardtack cracker that keeps almost indefinitely and can be used in various ways, like as a cracker, as a slice of bread, crumbled in soup, toasted and buttered. I like to think of it as an edible plate, load it up and chow down.
See how seamlessly Hormel Chili and Pilot Bread go together? This is a Chili Nation pairing that’s a sure winner. You can stock up your pantry(that’s a coupon link!) and eat whenever an emergency strikes and whether that emergency is hunger or extreme weather you’ll be prepared.