As with anything new [and especially pertaining to computers], I went to class with a bit of apprehension. The inspiring presence of an 86 year old classmate helped affirm, "I can do this!" [Raising my teacup in tribute to you, Mary!]
Knowing the class was five hours long, supper was in the making before I left home with the aid of my crock pot and a new chili recipe I tweaked for the annual chili cook-off at church.
Two ingredients set this chili apart from other recipes - pumpkin and Lapsang Souchong black tea.
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 - 2 lbs. ground turkey
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 each, red, yellow, and orange sweet pepper, diced
1 [14.5 oz.] can petite diced tomatoes [including juice]
1 [15 oz.] can 100% pure pumpkin [not pumpkin pie mix]
2 [15.5 oz.] cans white kidney beans [Cannellini]
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup brewed Lapsang Souchong Tea
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of Allspice
grated cheddar cheese
Heat oil in Dutch oven and add turkey, onion, garlic, and sweet peppers. Simmer until turkey is browned and vegetables are tender. Transfer to crock pot and add tomatoes, pumpkin, chicken broth, tea, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper. Mix well and cook on low 4-5 hours. An hour before done add cinnamon, allspice and kidney beans that have been rinsed and drained. If chili needs thinning add more broth.
Top individual bowls of chili with grated cheese before serving.
Lapsang Souchong tea gives the chili a subtle smoky flavor when used in moderation.
Savory Cornmeal Madeleines accompany this chili perfectly. A California tea friend inspired me to make them.
Savory Cornmeal Madeleines
1/3 cup butter
1 small onion, finely diced
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 cup grated smoked Gruyere Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in heavy saucepan and sauté onion until tender but not brown. Set aside.
In bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sage.
In a separate bowl whisk egg and milk until blended. Add to dry ingredients along with butter/onion mixture, corn and grated cheese. Stir just until blended.
Brush soft butter into Madeleine cavities and sprinkle with cornmeal. Shake out excess. Do not skip this step even when using non-stick pans. These morsels are notorious for sticking!
Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let rest 1-2 minutes. Invert pan and lightly tap on counter to release Madeleines.
These are best eaten right from the oven, but they do keep in a covered container for 1-2 days. Reheat in microwave before serving. Or freeze and reheat in oven 2-3 minutes until warmed through.
Yield: Approximately 4 dozen
Harney & Sons Cranberry Autumn black tea was my choice for this meal. Harney teas are among my favorites.
Yummy, healthy and easy. My kind of meal!