Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turkey Chili (aka Chili II)

I'm a big Alton Brown fan, and 99% of his recipes turn out just as good as, if not better than, other/original versions. The first time I tried to make his chili, I was missing a bunch of ingredients, so I used what I had. It was delicious. When I tried making his chili recipe "properly", it didn't work for me at all. Tortilla chips in chili? And no beans? Not to mention it just didn't taste right to me. So, I came up with my own version of his chili. I like it because the adobo powder gives it a slight sweetness, and the chicken stock adds body. Plus it takes maybe an hour from start to finish. You can start this in a crockpot before work, and come home to tasty fixins.Warning: This one is so good you may need to double--or triple--the ingredients.

Chili II

1 Pound Ground Turkey

1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

2 tsp. Peanut Oil

12--24 Ounces Chicken Stock

1 Tbs. Tomato Paste

1 tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tbs. Chili Powder

2 Tbs. Adobo Powder

1 can Kidney Beans, drained

Season the meat with salt. Brown the meat in the oil. Add the chicken stock, then the tomato paste, cumin and chili powder. Add the adobo powder and beans.Cook for about an hour. Serves two very hungry people or three mildly hungry ones.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pot Roast With Vegetables

My mom gifted me with a pot roast a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to cooking it. It wasn't as hard as I thought.

Pot Roast with Vegetables

1 2lb pot roast

1/2 cup water

1 squash, cut into sticks

2 zucchini, cut into sticks

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup garlic powder

1/4 cup onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine spices in a separate container. Season the pot roast with 1/2 of the spice mix. Brown on both sides in an ovenproof pan and add water. Cover roast and place in oven at 350 for an hour. When 30 minutes are left, season vegetables with the rest of the spice mix and add the oil. Toss well. Place next to pot roast in oven and bake for 30 minutes as well. Serves 4-5, perhaps with leftovers.