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April 3, 2008

Last night I made dinner then curled up on the couch with a glass of wine to watch Top Chef. Farewell, Manuel; we hardly knew ye.

I made a decidedly lowbrow dinner, American Chop Suey. I got my recipe from a former co-worker, and have modified it over time; it’s not your mother’s ACS, for sure.

American Chop Suey

1 box of macaroni & cheese
1 – 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey
1 small can stewed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce (or your own leftovers)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the mac & cheese according to the package’s instructions. While the water is boiling, combine the ground turkey, the onion and the bell pepper in a skillet over medium heat; stir frequently until the turkey is browned. Add the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce, then lower the heat and cover.

Once the macaroni has been cooked, drained and turned into mac & cheese, add the turkey mixture to it, stirring together to combine. Cover it and let it sit over low heat for 5 minutes, salt and pepper to taste, then serve.

This will easily serve 4-6 adults; I had a helping, the Peep had a helping, Larry had two helpings, and there is still two containers’ worth of leftovers in the fridge.

I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a catchy name for it…’Mac ‘n Chop Suey’ ? … ‘American Chop Suey Cheese’ ? I think I’ve been watching too much Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Tonight we begin the semi-monthly tradition known as the ‘We’re Having Company in Two Days and this House is a Mess’ cleaning binge. Ugh.

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