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Weekday dinner inspiration: White Bean-Turkey Chili With Corn Bread Dumplings, and more

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Get a head start on your November turkey consumption with White Bean-Turkey Chili With Corn Bread Dumplings (recipe below), or clip and save for the day after Thanksgiving. Hunt through the pantry for a jar of salsa to save you one more purchase at the grocery store. Fri | Bake it

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White Bean-Turkey Chili

With Corn Bread Dumplings

1 pound cooked turkey

1 (16 ounces) jar chunky salsa

1 (15 ounces) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 (8.5 ounces) package corn bread mix

1 egg

Garnish:

1/4 cup shredded cheese

Sliced green onions

Chili powder for sprinkling

Chop turkey. In Dutch oven, combine turkey, salsa, beans, chili powder and 2/3 cup water. Bring to boil.

Meanwhile, for dumplings, in a medium bowl mix together corn bread mix, egg and 1/4 cup water. Drop batter by large spoonfuls on boiling turkey chili.

Cover; reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean. To serve, top chili with cheese, green onions and chili powder.

Serves 4.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Weekday dinner inspiration: White Bean-Turkey Chili With Corn Bread Dumplings, and more 10/27/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4:30am]

    

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