Monday, November 21, 2011

Chili and Beer Bread

I was on the phone catching up with my mom when I realized that I'd better get busy with something for dinner.  Found some ground turkey in the freezer, knew I had beans and diced tomatoes in the pantry, and I had some beer bread mix (Tastefully Simple), sounds like chili with beer bread.  I also found some leftover rice in the fridge so that's going into the mix as well.


1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 small green pepper, diced
1 small can tomato sauce
salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. chili powder

Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Add more or less chili powder to taste.

Beer Bread

The easy way - use a package of Tastefully Simple beer bread; mix and bake according to package directions.

The not quite as easy, but still pretty easy, way (from Joy of Cooking) -

1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. light or dark beer (not stout), cold or at room temperature, but not flat

Preheat oven to 400*. Grease loaf pan.  Whisk together in a large bowl all ingredients except the beer.  Add the beer and fold just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center and all the way to the bottom of the pan comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.  Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5-10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.

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