So my work had a Chili Cookoff contest and I decided to join in on the “fun”. I put fun in parenthesis because I had to make the chili on Tuesday after work and didn’t get done until it was 9:00. I then had to wait until it cooled off enough to put it in the fridge. So I’m in bed at 10:15 and the alarm is set for 4:30. This so I can shower and get everything ready and make the drive up to the L.A. area on Wednesday. I made a White Chicken Chili called Chili Blanco. I used a recipe from All Things BBQ. (Here's a link to his video: https://www.atbbq.com/thesauce/chili-blanco/)
I tweaked the recipe a little. Here are the ingredients I used with my tweaks in red.
· 2 lb chicken, boneless breasts or thighs (I used 4 boneless breasts)
· Carne Asada Seasoning (I used Fajita seasoning)
· 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
· 1 large yellow onion, diced
· 3 Anaheim chiles, seeded, diced (I used 2 Anaheim and 1 Poblano)
· 1 jalapeno, seeded, diced
· 1 tbsp All Purpose Rub
· 1 tbsp ground cumin
· 1 tsp Mexican oregano
· 4 cloves garlic, minced
· 3 tbsp unsalted butter
· 1/4 cup flour
· 2 (15 oz) cans of great northern beans, drained, rinsed
· 1 quart unsalted chicken stock
· 1 cup heavy cream (I used Caciqui Crema Salvadorena)
· 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
· 1 bunch cilantro, minced
· 4 oz (1 cup) pepper jack cheese, grated
Didn’t have time for a fully documented cook photo spread but here is what I did get. I had taken some chicken I had in the freezer and thawed it out. Assembled most of my spices (some I didn’t use) and the chicken.
Sliced al the breast in half to increase the surface area
and then sprinkled on the fajita seasoning.
I grilled the chicken on my preheated Grill Grates I got from BPS.
Brought then inside to cool
while I started prepping the veggies and other ingredients.
Onion and Poblano diced
and now the Anaheim’s added.
I took all this out and placed it in my 9 Qt. Dutch oven to sauté. This is where I was pushing for time and quit taken all the pictures that slow down the cooking process. I did get one of the final results.
I really liked the flavor and heat profile of it. It had some heat, but the heat was flavorful and not just hot. My wife also liked it but indicated it was just a little to hot. (She still ate it 2 days in a row) I didn’t win the cookoff but came in 3rd. This is a little different that what everyone was used to. The traditional chili’s won but I did get a lot of complements on it.
It’s been hot this last week here in Low Cal (Upper 90’s to low 100’s) but today it cooled off, so I grilled a few Cheeseburgers. I started out by cutting 2 russet potatoes up into 1/8th and then tossed in some OO and seasoned with some fresh ground salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and some thyme. I then seasoned the patties with Primo Chicago Stockyard rub. Here they are on the grill ready to be flipped.
I then removed the patties and toasted the buns. While they were toasting I added some cheddar cheese slices to the patties. Once the buns were done I put the patties back on to melt the cheese.
Here it is plated up with the Steak Fries and a Modelo Especial.
For the long weekend we started out being invited over to our neighbor’s house for hamburgers. I was tasked with grilling up some corn.
Once these started getting some golden-brown char marks, I put them in a large rectangular pan and covered them with foil. We took this over with two each, 3 portion plates of fixings. One plate had a stick of butter, salt and black pepper for traditional American style corn of the cob. The other plate had some mayo, Tajin seasoning and come Cotija Cheese for Mexican style street corn. Didn’t feel like I should be taking pictures at their house so that’s all I can share from the 4th.
Today I grilled up some hamburger patties on my Akorn Jr. for some cheese burgers.
After they were done I removed them and toasted the buns while I added the cheese to the burgers.
One more stop on the grill to melt the cheese.
Here is mine plated up with some potato salad, some watermelon and a Stone Brewing Vanilla Bean Porter.
There nothing quite like enjoying a good cheeseburger on the 4th of July weekend.