“Hi, Bob.” Chili
Over the River and Through the Woods – a good line at
Thanksgiving time for sure, but not so good for Bob when Emily
jets off to Seattle to visit her parents for the holiday, leaving Bob
and his merry misfits alone with a William and Mary football game
and too much booze. Tradition dictates they take a drink whenever
the opponent scores and W&M suffers their worst defeat ever. As
the blood alcohol level rises, so does their hunger and the crew
ends up trying to order Moo Goo Gai Pan from the local Chinese
restaurant. A classic dish and a classic episode for any
Thanksgiving celebration. Our chili takes those classic moo goo
gai pan flavors and puts them all together in one
heated chili – of
course we’re using leftover turkey since there seems to be an
abundance of that this weekend. And after eating so much stuffing,
this is a low-fat, healthy way to end the weekend. So raise a glass
to this classic sitcom and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Lineup:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, diced
1 cup celery, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 lb. mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, and sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart chicken or turkey stock
1 teaspoon chili paste (
sambal oelek) **
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons corn starch
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 cups leftover turkey, cubed

Playbook:
In a large stockpot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, red bell pepper and
green bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms and garlic. Saute for 5
minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken stock, chili paste, white pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Bring mixture to a boil.

In a small bowl, mix corn starch and sherry thoroughly. Pour into boiling mixture and stir well until
thickened. Stir in turkey.


Special Teams:
Steamed rice
Pan fried noodles
Fortune cookies

** - Sambal oelek is VERY hot. Just 1 teaspoon in this chili produces a nice, fiery bite. If you're not that
into hot stuff, cut it down or leave it out altogether.