Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Track of the Moon Beast (1976) - Stew of the Moon Beast

Outpost Zeta says, "From the cheap monster, that you never get a good look at any way, to the silly made-up Navajo legends, Track of Moon Beast is one long goofy story told through the patented look of terrible 1970s film stock."

In a scene that MST3K riffed heavily, the professor gives an ingredients list for a stew that he's serving the kids. As it turns out, it doesn't need much additional attention to turn into a hearty autumn or winter meal. The only things we added were olive oil, beans, a tomato, and maybe some black pepper depending on the heat of your chipotle. It doesn't even need salt, because we use the broth from the un-chicken.

That's a great stew. What's in it? 

Oh, a lot of things:
                Oil, 1 tablespoon
                Navy or Great Northern Beans, 1 can, drained & rinsed
                2 medium or 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
                Black pepper, to taste
Chicken: Loma Linda (or Worthington) FriChik Original, 12.5 oz can - do not drain
Corn: 1 cup frozen kernel corn
Green peppers: 1/2 large green pepper, diced
Chili: 1 dried chipotle pod
[sigh] Onions: 1 small yellow, or 1/2 large, diced

Well, it's an old recipe around here.

Prepare the chili: in a dry skillet on medium heat, place the chipotle chili pod and allow it to toast for 1-2 minutes on each side. This warms the oils and may soften the chili slightly. Remove from heat and cover with a small amount of hot water, weighing it down with the back of a spoon if needed. Allow it to soak for 20 minutes, then split it open and gently scrape out the seeds & membrane and discard them. Mince the chili pod finely.

In a deep skillet or pot, heat the olive oil, and add the onion. Sautee for 1-2 minutes, then add green pepper. While that's cooking, dice the FriChik pieces, reserving the broth. When onion is turning translucent, add all the remaining ingredients including the FriChik and its broth. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes, and serve.

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