Litmus test for a good idea- does it run over your tongue and pass your teeth without sounding stupid? I did not speak my idea of combining bulgur and anchovies for a turkey stuffing. History remembers the innovators and overlooks the imitators. Recall who was present at the second Thanksgiving? Me neither. It is time to break some new ground.
½ C water
¼ C beer
2 T diced fresh jalapenos (no seeds)
1 T chili powder
1 can (2 oz) anchovies, drained and diced
1 T dried onion flakes
¼ C diced carrots
1/3 C bulgur
- Boil ingredients (except the bulgur) for 5 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and add bulgur, stirring well.
- Allow to sit, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Serve with turkey, against your wife’s best judgment.
Mrs. Chili365’s first reaction was “Something smells. Something smells bad.” She then proceeded to scream at me. (It did smell pretty bad). I was shrilly reminded that I had been instructed not purchase anchovies. Further, I was menacingly informed that I was not to serve this chili to the in-laws and that my chili stuffing was some sort of form of hideous voodoo that may end all human existence. Mrs. Chili365’s incredible display of stuffing-hating bravado first had my doubled over with laughter and then, as the high-decibel diatribe continued, had me rolling on the floor. Hehehe, provoking reactions is always a source of mirth.
I’d have to admit that the stuffing looked and smelled like fish food. Weird. Fish food is not necessarily what first comes to mind when I think Thanksgiving food. It tasted better than it smelled but was really not one of my better efforts. This innovation merits no imitation.