Sunday, February 5, 2017

Illegal Use of Tradition

Super Bowl Sunday means different things to different people. For some, it's a reason to live. For others, it's a reason to leave the house. Every year, hubby makes a big pot of turkey chili. His parents come over. They gather in the living room with the sons, and shortly thereafter, someone is yelling.  Someone else is swearing. Someone is pacing. Someone is dropping chips and guacamole on the floor. The Short Jewish Gal makes a guest appearance, feigns interest in the game, tosses out a generic "Go, team!" and slips out to dance class. When I return, nothing has changed. The game is still on, there's still yelling. And there's still chili. Lots of chili. Today, hubby has decided to take that bowl, go down the field and score, not with turkey chili, but with white chili. Sacrilege, you say? Illegal use of an annual tradition? Maybe. But the Rapidly Aging Digestive Track can only take so many kidney beans. Am I right? So, this year, we're turning to the late great Beverly Hills restaurant Kate Matilini for deliciousness:

2 cups Great Northern beans (Or canned cannelloni beans)
6 chicken breast halves
White pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained and minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash cayenne pepper
2 quarts low-salt chicken stock
1 cup shredded Jack or Cheddar cheese
In large bowl soak beans overnight. (Or forget that part and about the cans!) 

Place chicken breasts in cold water in skillet. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 7 to 8 minutes. Cool, then cut into 1/2-inch chunks. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add onion, garlic and chiles. Saute until onion is tender. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, cumin, oregano, cayenne and chicken stock. Bring to boil. Add beans. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour 15 minutes or longer until beans are tender. Do not boil beans.
Add chicken chunks and cheese. Stir. Serve with white rice and tomato salsa, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

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