Thursday, October 1, 2009

Iron Chef Zaqatala

So, I am down to 2 sitemates. I think ya'all have already met Josh [link], and I have mentioned Amy [link] a time or two. I think Amy said it best when she noted we bicker like siblings...because we do. Get the 3 of us in a kitchen and we back seat cook like nobody's business.

That's why we decided to settle our differences with a little cook-off (queue music) - Iron Chef Zaqatala: The Chili Competition.

Pounds of beans, hot peppers, and secret ingredients (is that chocolate Amy?) later, the line up goes something like: Josh, Löki, Amy. The judging may have been a little faulty as Azerbaijanis were calling the shots and hot food ain't received real well around these parts.

At any rate, Josh is the King - well, at least until the next cooking challenge (do I hear a pancake throw down on the horizon...).

Löki's 2nd Place White Chili
2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c cooked and cubed chicken (run with cumin & chili powder and pan fry)
1 1/2 c chicken broth
4 hot chilis, seeded and diced
1 t cumin
1 t dried oregano
1 t cayenne pepper
2 1/2 c white beans (soaked and cooked with chopped onion, chili powder and whole cloves)
1 can white corn, undrained
Prepare chicken and beans. Set aside.
In a large pot, saute onion and garlic in oil for 10 minutes. Add chicken (and collected juices), chilis and broth. Add spices and bring to a boil. Add beans (mash 1/2 a cup for a thicker soup) and corn. Heat thoroughly. Serve hot!