Look for me today over on Turntable Kitchen! I’m honored to be contributing to such a lovely space that husband and wife team, Kasey and Matthew Hickey have created. If you are not familiar with their site let me sum it up for you in three words: food plus music. It is such a fantastic pairing of creative recipes, interesting new tracks, and gorgeous photography. The storytelling is phenomenal and did I mentioned the cocktails?
It has been ridiculously cold all over the country so I wanted to come up with something comforting and warm to share with you today. I decided on this Lamb and White Bean Chili because, really, can you have enough chili recipes in January? I think not.
Lamb is not that easy to come by in my neck of the woods but luckily there is a family raising lambs in Kathryn, about a 30-mile drive from here. From time to time they bring them up to be butchered at our local meat locker, but not all that often. I got word from my Bulgarian friend who shares my affinity with lamb that they had slaughtered some over the weekend and I went as soon as I could before all the meat was bought up. Not much was left but a few pieces of leg and some ground meat. I bought the bone-in leg and butchered it myself, but if I were you I’d either buy lamb stew meat or boneless leg meat and cut it up into 1-inch pieces.
The masa dumplings are something I’ve been playing around with for a while. Normally I would just scoop the dough by the spoonful right into the simmering stew but I recently came across a recipe on Pati’s Mexican Table for chochoyotes, basically a corn flour masa dumpling like the ones I’ve been making but with a dimple on one side where all the flavorful broth can nestle as it cooks. I love the look of these precious, delicate pillows and that little indentation ensures a mouthful of delicious sauce with every bite.
Get the recipe for Lamb and White Bean Chili with Masa Dumplings over on Turntable Kitchen. Bundle up and have a great weekend!!
Looking for more cozy recipes? Here are a few suggestions and check out my Cozy Winter Meals board on Pinterest.