Groundhog Day and Turkey Chili
Groundhog day with turkey chili is and odd combination, but one of the best. I make it for our barbecues during those warm days and we have many guests that say they only come for the turkey chili. Its become a famous dish in our family.
1 cup black beans
3 tblsp olive oil
1 turkey breast (half breast), skinned
4 medium yellow onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 ribs celery, sliced
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
4 tblsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp whole cumin seed
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream OR
Chopped ripe avocado
1. Soak the beans overnight in water to cover generously. Drain and rinse briefly.
2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy bottom pot over medium high heat. When hot, brown the turkey breast well on all sides. Remove and set
3. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and green pepper. Saute, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft, 5-7 minutes.
4. Add the beans, tomatoes, water, chili powder, cayenne, and the turkey breast. Heat until the pot starts bubbling, then reduce heat to
a slow simmer, partially cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 hour. Stir occasionally, watching carefully that the bottom does not start to stick.
5. Remove the turkey breast, remove the bone, and coarsely shred the meat with two forks (hold the meat with one fork, tear with the grain
with the other.) Return the meat to the pot.
6. Heat a heavy bottom skillet over low heat. Add the whole cumin seed and toast 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until lightly brown
and aromatic. Remove from heat. Coarsely crush the cumin in a mortar and pestle or with a rolling pin. Add to the pot.
7. Cook an additional one hour, or until the beans are tender.
8. For the traditional approach, top with the cheese and sour cream; for the modern/healthy approach, top with the avocado.
Turkey chili is my favorite specially when at home watching a game or having friends over and simply hanging out. Make this at your next festivity and see how yummy and fun it can be.
Match the party recipe with Groundhog Day party supplies to keep the party flowing.
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Keep the guests moving, laughing, and entertained
with these Groundhog Day Party Tips. Try
creating a menu to
match the celebration.
Will winter last or is spring around the corner? Groundhog Day is often a mass media day with everyone waiting to see if the groundhog will see his shadow. If you are looking for a few menu ideas or snacks for your children to celebrate the holiday, you might like to use some of the following ideas:
Groundhogs tend to eat green items such as grass so you could create an all green menu for the day. Green punch (lemonade with green food coloring, green grapes and small pieces of green apple or kiwifruit), baked good with green food coloring and green fruit salad (green grapes, green apple, kiwifruit, honeydew melon and star fruit) all work well.
A great snack for children is creating a salad with a couple of types of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and gonzo beans. Of course you can choose your child’s favorite vegetables and salad dressing.
Another great snack for you children is Groundhog Day Dirt Pie. All you do is take their favorite pudding or chocolate to represent dirt. Once you have made the pudding you crumble up graham crackers into the dish. To make the dessert complete you can take a Popsicle stick with a picture of a groundhog to make it look like a groundhog on his mound. You may even have children color their own groundhog.
There are many different ideas you can have for Groundhogs Day for a complete menu. If you need to create snacks for a School party or just to have fun around the house you will want to find different types of menu items like potatoes, vegetables, desserts with the life of the groundhog in mind. Typically groundhogs spend their days on their mounds so even cupcakes with a frosting “groundhog” on top make a fun snack.
They say that simple menus often work the best. This is definitely the case with Groundhog day. You can use these ideas or throw in a few of your own – either way your young guests are likely to be happy. By just adding even one simple food item to the menu will help create a complete Groundhog Day event mood.
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label cards to that go with the festivities. Use at
the buffet to label the dishes or place on the dinner table
for assigned seating.
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CREEPERS AND SLAMMERS: Good for large groups too! Sitting at a table, having people on either side of you and across from you. Divide your group into two teams. One team at a time takes a turn passing a quarter under the table carefully so that the people across from you on the other team can't see where the quarter is. Then at any time the other team that doesn't have the quarter tells you to stop! They either yell "CREEPERS", All the people on the team that has the quarter must bring both hands up on the table and slowly try to open their hands with their palms down trying not to allow the quarter to drop loudly. The opposite team tries to guess where the quarter is. If the opposite team calls "SLAMMERS" then everyone on your team brings their hands up quickly slamming them down with palms down and open. The other team tries to guess who has the quarter. Just take turns until you are tired of playing. It is a lot of fun and everyone can join in. The winner is the team with least number of guesses to find the quarter. Lots more Groundhog Day celebration thoughts here
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