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This week, Chris Shea, Executive Chef of The Wayfarer in New York City, shares his turkey and butternut squash chili, taking standard game day chili up several notches.

Turkey and butternut squash chili with quinoa, pickled cranberries and chipotle

• 2 packs ground turkey
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 Spanish onion, rough chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, chopped
• 2 red peppers, medium diced
• ¼ jalopeno pepper, minced
• 1 tablespoon ground coriander
• 1.5 tablespoons ground cumin
• 1 quart butternut chipotle puree (recipee to follow)
• 3 cups cooked cannellini beans
• 2 scallions, finely julienned
• 1 cup pickled cranberries (1 cup dried cranberries, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, ½ cup white vinegar. Bring the water, sugar and vinegar to a boil and pour over cranberries, allow to steep overnight)
• 4 cups cooked quinoa


Heat oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan and add the coriander and cumin, onions , pepper and jalapeno and cook over minute heat until vegetables begin to soften. Add ground turkey and cook stirring frequently another 8 minutes or so . Add butternut puree and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook another 10 minutes. To serve ladle chili over quinoa and garnish with pickled cranberries and julienne scallions.

Butternut chipotle puree

• 1 cup butter
• 1 cup Spanish onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 chipotle in adobo
• 1 cup marscarpone cheese
• 4 cups diced butternut squash
• 1 cup vegetable stock


Combine butter , onion and garlic in a heavy bottom sauce pan and cook over low heat to soften vegetables add butternut chipotle and veg stock and simmer until squash is cooked through. Blend until smooth with mascarpone cheese, season with salt and pepper.

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