Friday, January 21, 2011

Turkey Chili

Wednesday night, I made another recipe from the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook.  This time it was turkey chili, a perfect winter time dinner.  Being a vegetarian, I decided to make two versions, one with turkey, and one with only beans.  I just halved the recipe to for each version.  This recipe has a lot of chopping and a lot of spices.  My suggestion is to have everything ready before you start cooking.  Dice all of your vegetables and measure out all of your spices.  This makes the process that much easier, because once you start cooking it goes rather quickly.  Overall, I thought the chili was good.  I definitely will take note of all the spices used, because it had great flavor and a nice heat.  I will probably start using these spices, instead of a packet of chili seasoning from now on.  Also, the crushed tomatoes add a nice thickness, instead of tomato sauce.  And finally, adding the canned beans towards the end allowed the beans to have a bit more of a bite.  I will probably cook my chili down a little longer next time and add some corn to the vegetarian version.  I also made the Clinton Street's guacamole, which I will share soon.  Adding it to the top of the bowl, gives it a limey kick.
Cooking two pots.
Ingredients for Turkey Chili from the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, serves 8 to 10:
-1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-1  medium Spanish onion, diced
-2 medium carrots, diced
-3 stalks celery, diced
-1 medium red bell pepper, diced
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 pound ground turkey (replace with two 15-ounce can of beans of your choice for vegetarian version)
-1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
-1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
-1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
-1/2 tablespoon cumin
-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-2 bay leaves
-2 shakes Tabasco sauce
-1 tablespoon tomato paste
-1/2 tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
-3 cups crushed tomatoes
-2 cups chicken stock (replace with vegetable stock for vegetarian version)
-2 cups (15-ounce can) cooked kidney beans in liquid
-1 1/4 tablespoons salt
-1/4 tablespoon ground black pepper

Optional garnishes:
-Shredded cheddar cheese
-Jalapeno sour cream
-Tortilla chips

Okay, get to chopping all the vegetables, this takes a bit of time.  Then, in a large stockpot over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and cook the vegetables and garlic in the oil until tender.  Don't be afraid to caramelize the vegetables a little bit.
Add the ground turkey to the mixture, breaking up the ground meat with a spoon until the turkey is cooked and colors slightly.  Add the herbs and spices, Tabasco, and tomato paste to the mixture and stir until combined.
Roughly chop the peppers from the adobo sauce and mix into the crushed tomatoes, then add both to the pot.  Pour in the chicken stock, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the kidney beans and their liquid to the stew and cook for 5 minutes or until the beans are warmed through (this is where I added all my beans for vegetarian version).  You can continue cooking if you want a thicker consistency.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove bay leaves and serve warm with your choice of garnishes.
Veggie version.

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