One of the things about blogging is you put all your intentions out there for the world to see, and when you don’t follow through it is painfully obvious. Clearly, I’m not keeping up with even a soup a week. I’m going to keep calling this series “Soup du Jour,” though, because it can be your soup of whatever day you choose!
I wanted a pot of chili for my daughter’s birthday party. She rarely will even try soup, much less eat a whole bowl of it. But we had family coming over and I always plan something for everyone. In searching for recipes, I came across a couple with chocolate in them. I had just made for my daughter Hagrid’s famous birthday cake that he presented to Harry Potter on his 11th birthday, thanks to Diana Bucholz’s The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. It called for a wee bit of coffee to enhance the chocolate flavors. Likewise, the chili blogs were touting chocolate for enhancing the everything flavors. And since I love chocolate, I became determined to try it. I was already making curry chicken salad (recipe from my dear friend, Melissa), so wanted a meatless chili.
I went with Vegetarian Chili with Chocolate by Between 3 Sisters. It was a hit! I have to say that it was less like chili and more like soup. I did cook it for 2 hours, so I don’t think cooking longer would have mattered. I definitely drained and rinsed the beans as the recipe called for (I’ve been known to mess that one up), and replaced one of the 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with a single fresh tomato. So I wonder if less broth would work better. My husband was the only lukewarm response- “It would be great with a little meat,” he joked. Actually, he wasn’t joking.
Nonetheless, it was a delicious soup. The chocolate (I used Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips) gave the broth a rich mouthfeel. The lightness of a vegetarian chili is also appealing to me when I think about sick-day soups, which is where this soup journey began.
I served it to 6 adults and had enough left over to freeze a meal for two for a later date and give the same amount to a friend. Which got me to thinking about the Stone Soup idea and how much I now look forward to sharing my soup discoveries with my friends and family.
Next up: Maybe chili with meat for Super Bowl Sunday? Maybe gumbo for Mardi gras. Either way, laissez bon temps rouler!