Wednesday, September 07, 2011

You Caught It, You Cook It: White Chili

Our latest recipe, Ternabout’s White Chili, couldn't be easier to prepare aboard a small boat...

In a departure from our usual "You Caught It, You Cook It" feature, our latest recipe is not a seafood dish. However, while not created from your latest 'catch', this delicious and easy-to-make recipe is ideally suited for owners of small- and mid-sized boats. In fact, we got this recipe straight out of the new book, Cooking Aboard a Small Boat, the latest of several books for boaters by Paul Esterle (A.K.A. Capt'n Pauley). The book is a treasure chest of meals that are easy to make for those of us with smaller boats. We're talking no galley, a dorm-room size fridge (or none at all), and, if you're lucky, some sort of heat source that could pass for a stove.

The first recipe that Capt'n Pauley has shared with us is for something he calls Ternabout’s White Chili. "Ternabout" is the name of Esterle's 20-footer. She’s been in the family for years and was the inspiration for one of  his earlier books, Optimizing the Trailerable Sailboat, as well as serving as a test bed for his latest book Cooking Aboard a Small Boat. This is one of his favorites, made from non-refrigerated stores he usually has aboard. We hope you enjoy it...

Ternabout’s White Chili


1 (15.5 oz.) can great northern beans
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon dried minced onions
2 teaspoon dried celery flakes
1/8 teaspoon oregano
2 (5 oz.) cans chicken

Dump all ingredients except chicken into a saucepan, preferably non-stick.  Bring mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until dried onion is reconstituted and mixture is thoroughly heated.  Add chicken; continue cooking until chicken is heated.  Do not overcook.  If you have it, add a half of cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese just before serving.

Serves 2

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