But I wanted to make chili this weekend, and I also wanted to make something that Gia was really gonna love. So...
GIA'S FAVORITE CHILI RECIPE
I did it. I concocted a chili that had Gia sobbing for more. Or she would have been sobbing had we not been so full. I'm not sure any of that makes sense. Let's move on.
I decided to go all green and white for this batch of chili. No red whatsoever. Tomatillos instead of tomatoes. Green sweet peppers, celery, limes, cilantro and green chilies. White onions, chicken meat and white beans. Here's how you do it:
2 pounds ground chicken
1 pound chicken sausage - removed from casing
1 pound dried small white beans
1 large can (24 oz) tomatillos - drained and shredded
4 large sweet Italian peppers (light green, looks like a big chili)
4 green chili peppers
2 large white Spanish onions
8 celery stalks
1 beer - lager
1 or 2 batches of cilantro - just the leaves...chopped
1.5 tbsp white pepper
1.5 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp kosher salt
You can use any kind of chicken meat you want in any combination. I thought that shredded or pulled chicken would go nicely with this recipe. Maybe next time. But I chose ground chicken meat and some chicken sausage out of the casing for this batch. Also you can use fresh tomatillos if you can find them. I went to three specialty markets this morning looking for fresh tomatillos and I was shit out of luck. So I went with the canned variety. Worked fine. Also, I love me some cilantro. So I used an entire bunch in the chili and some more in the rice. Because cilantro = big fucking win!
- Soak the beans either overnight in cold water or do a quick soak per the instructions on the bag. Cook soaked beans in an appropriate amount of water for an hour and a half or until almost tender.
- Dice the onions, celery and peppers and saute in a large stock pot with a little vegetable oil until the onions are translucent.
- Add the tomatillos (I ripped them apart by hand. Grrr!), spices, cilantro, the juice from four (4) of the limes and the beer and heat until a slow boil occurs. Reduce heat and cover.
- Brown the ground chicken and the sausage meat (removed from the casing), drain and add to stock pot with all the vegetables.
- Simmer for about an hour and a half on low heat.
- Add the cooked beans to the stock pot and simmer for another half of an hour on low heat.
Looking for a photo of it? Keep waiting. I'm still waiting for that mind-activated camera. Sigh. Here is a picture of a bunch of tomatillos instead. Because you may have been wondering what the fuck a tomatillo is.
They look like little green tomatos!
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Like walking in the rain and the snow, when there's no where to go and you're feeling like a part of you is dying!