Seafood, White Bean & Vegetable Chili, well sort of…

Seafood, White bean, and Vegetable Chili

Seafood, White bean, and Vegetable Chili

So far it has been a stormy fall season in the northeast. I mean 8 days ago we were hit by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the tr-state area. As I write this blog we are currently being walloped by a Nor’easter that rolled in this afternoon bringing snow to NYC in early November. So as you can imagine I have been stuck at home the past week, which I don’t mind because that means more kitchen time! With this kind of weather rolling in, it is time to roll out the comfort food.  I am a big fan of seafood of all types, and I also love comfort foods such as chili. So the idea of combining the two in a comforting Fall/Winter chili made my stomach growl. The funny thing about this dish is that it was made with ingredients I never intended on using, this is why I call this “sort of chili”. I accidentally added too much heat to my sauce, and although I love spicy foods, this had a bit much. (oh no!)

It was a mean and spicy sauce which consisted of chili powder, black pepper, cayenne, green chiles,  and jalapeno peppers, Whew! I needed to find a way tone the spices down without hurting the flavor in order to save my sauce. I added a tablespoon of sugar which did not have much affect, and I decided not to add anymore because it would suck if I were to end up with a sweet chili “dessert” instead of dinner! What I did next was dice up a small potato and a one medium sized green zucchini into small pieces and added them to the sauce to absorb some of the heat. Not only did this work, it surprisingly added another dimension of flavor and texture to the dish. The chili sauce maintained some of the heat, but it was much more tolerable. After a 90 minute simmer I added the seafood which consisted of shrimp, whole baby clams, calamari, sliced octopus and other goodies. Overall, this meal was a hearty, surprisingly good, and a really comforting seafood chili, well sort of a chili… Bon Appetit!  *My prayers and support go out to all the victims of Hurricane Sandy*

About Justice Stewart

I am a ex-construction worker and passionate cook from NYC that will educate the average person on how to prepare gourmet meals. Subscribe to this blog and enjoy my wonderful world of food!

Posted on November 7, 2012, in Seafood and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. original monsieur justice ! cela doit etre bon ! “bonne appetit” !

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  2. Great post Justice. The squid ring on the bottom left looks like somebody crying out because of the heat. Excellent invention born out of necessity. My thoughts, like yours, are with you all over there. Pretty awful stuff.
    Stay safe and cook on!
    Conor

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  3. What a nice and hearty dish, very creative…I like spicy, but the vegetables seem like a nice idea. Praying for all those affected by Hurricane Sandy!

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