RE: green chile stew
Just wanted to report how my batch of green chili stew went. I pretty much followed rouxdog's recipe, although rarely follow recipes exactly, but wanted his, as a point of reference. Normally, I would have cut it in half, but daughter and hubby were coming by the next day to help with some lawn chores.
I thought I pulled out ground chuck, but instead it was ground pork...I proceeded according to the recipe with the following changes:
My frozen peppers were not smoked, so I browned the pork and onions with about 4 stips of chopped bacon. I did not add tomatoes, but had about a third of a red pepper, which I chopped and added at the end, for color and served my soup, when it was al dente.
I simmerred most of that evening, and stole a taste, knowing I would be serving it the next day with kids over. It was delightful.
Next evening, I slowly heated it up, adjusted seasonings, (I like it spicy, so added some hot sauce), and when heated through, put in my immesion blender, just to thicken it up a bit. I don't like my soups too fakey thick.
The chili stew was a hit, both spicy, filling, and conforting, all at the same time, and a taste combination very new to my taste buds. The kids loved it. Craig is a big guy, 6' 4" with a hearty appetite,so little was left. I served it with a salad,crusty bread and beer. Oh, for garnishes, I added, chopped green onion, cilantro, grated jack, and sour cream. Afterwards, we watched a movie. I fell asleep, awakening to being covered up with a quilt on the sofa, and the kids in the guest room, since they were staying to help me in the yard.
I really wish I could have taken pictures, as it truly was a meal as festive in it's colorful display, as it was tasty going down.
Thanks all for the inspiration everyone, and rouxdog, for the recipe to get me started. Hoping all goes well on Monday, and do as the nurses tell you, Ya hear?!