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Chili Sides

Scoutmaster Feb 21, 2013 04:23 PM

Hosting a chilli dinner meeting for 7. Besides cornbread (Rick Bayless' recipe), what else? Chocolate mousse for dessert?

Chili has EVERYTHING in it - 10 different beans,ground turkey breast, ground venison, red, yellow, orange peppers, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, corn, chillies, tomatoes galore.

  1. John E. Feb 21, 2013 09:12 PM

    You should have a few toppings, but the only side you need is good beer.

    1. ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 07:53 PM

      How about a salad, or perhaps a vinegar based coleslaw?

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        pdxgastro Feb 21, 2013 10:16 PM

        Yes or even shredded Napa cabbage with seasoned rice vinegar and sesame oil as the dressing. Very refreshing.

        1. re: pdxgastro
          Cheese Boy Feb 21, 2013 10:38 PM

          Napa cabbage slaw is so so good.

      2. C. Hamster Feb 21, 2013 07:51 PM

        not sides but is suggest:

        Cheese
        Sour cream
        Scallions
        Red onions
        Cilantro
        Jalapeños
        Fritos
        Chocolate sauce

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        1. re: C. Hamster
          nokitchen Feb 21, 2013 10:32 PM

          I'd agree with this. If the chili is good, it and your cornbread are more than enough for a meal - you can have green salads for the next few days to get your green veggie doses back up to snuff. But the right toppings provide not only flavor variations and cooling for the chili's heat but a nice visual offset to the red color, which is amazing on its own but even better contrasted with other food on the plate/in the bowl. Sliced scallions, raw onions (pick your color/flavor), sour cream and lightly chipped cilantro take the visual presentation and the taste to the next level. Shredded cheese and fresh jalapeños alternately add and subtract some kick to make each bite a whole different taste experience.

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          sandylc Feb 21, 2013 06:15 PM

          That sounds delicious. Someone here will attack you for not being "authentic" - DON'T LISTEN to them.....

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            Tara57 Feb 21, 2013 04:48 PM

            For a family dinner, I wouldn't add any more sides. For company, I think I would serve some crudite and sliced fruit for a fresh, cool bite. Just whatever is on sale and looks good -- carrots, celery, pineapple, jicama. Maybe, big maybe, some plain saltines or oyster crackers.

            Will you have some toppings for the chili, like cheese, raw onions, and sour cream?

            Your meal sounds delicious.

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            1. re: Tara57
              Scoutmaster Feb 21, 2013 07:38 PM

              I suppose I'll offer onions and cheese and Greek Yogurt. There will be a savory cheesecake, crackers, and fresh fruit, butter and honey for the cornbread

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