Thursday, October 25, 2012

Werewolf Bite

This is an easy drink to make with a nice presentation, especially for Halloween.  The original recipe called for absinthe, but I swapped it for Midori Melon, which I think tastes better.. and also won't turn you into a psychopathic killer.  Although I guess I can't guarantee that...

Yield4 cocktails or about 10 shooters

8 ounces Midori Melon liqueur
4 ounces lemon lime soda
5 ounces pineapple juice
6 ounces grenadine syrup

In a cocktail shaker, add the Midori, pineapple juice, lemon lime soda, and ice.  Shake until mixed and then strain into glasses.

Next, drizzle the grenadine over the top.  It is heavy so it will slowly drift toward the bottom, creating the striated effect.  Cheers!

Spicy Chicken Tri-Bean Chili

This is perfect for a chilly fall day, and can be made in a pot, or in a slow cooker, whichever is easiest!

Yield:  About 6 entree servings, 12 if serving as an appetizer

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces (2 4-oz cans) chopped green chiles (with juice)
2 cups chicken broth
2 pounds chicken breast
1 15 ounce can large white beans (with juice)
1 15 ounce can pinto beans (with juice)
1 15 ounce can black beans (with juice)
1 15 ounce can diced red tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp cumin 
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional Garnishes
1 cup shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
Sour cream
Nacho jalapeno slices

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the chicken and sear on both sides until slightly browned.  Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Next, add the beans, green chiles, chicken stock, spices and tomatoes.
Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the chili and set aside to cool.  Sample chilli and add salt, pepper, and any other desired spices to taste.  Once the chicken has cooled, shred and return to pot.

Stir the chicken into the chili and allow to cook for another 15 minutes or so, or until ready to serve.  To serve, divide the chili among bowls and top with cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos, if desired.  Enjoy!

TipsI find that shredding meat is easiest the old fashioned way, with my hands - simply tear off in long strips.

Add ins - this chili would be great with corn or other types of beans or veggies added in.  Also, you could sprinkle it with crushed tortilla chips, or serve with cornbread!