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Eat Like a Charger: Thanksgiving Favorites from Danny Woodhead & Tenny Palepoi
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This season, Chargers.com will highlight recipes that have been tried and tested by Chargers players to give you an experience to eat like a Charger.
Thanksgiving is one of those days where family, food and football all take center stage. With the holiday this Thursday, we wanted to share some of our players’ favorite recipes.
To complement your meal on Thursday, try making the Corn Casserole that is a favorite in the Woodhead family courtesy of Danny's wife, Stacia. Or if you’re looking for a unique alternative, check out Tenny Palepoi’s Samoan Chop Suey, which is a dish the DE said he can’t have Thanksgiving without.
Stacia Woodhead’s Corn Casserole
1 can whole kernel corn (un-drained)
1 can cream style corn
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup diced Velveeta cheese
1 cup uncooked macaroni
¼ cup chopped onion
Preheat oven to 325°
Combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish.
Bake uncovered at 325° for one hour, but stir once after 30 minutes.
Tenny Palepoi’s Samoan Chop Suey
Hear it from Tenny Palepoi:
250 grams Vermicelli noodles
500 grams Chicken or Beef, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
½ cup water
1 cup each of assorted frozen vegetables such as corn, carrots and/or peas
Chopped spring onions for garnish
Soak vermicelli noodles in hot water until soft (around 3-5 minutes) then drain the vermicelli using a strainer or colander and set aside. Feel free to trim the vermicelli if necessary.
Add oil to a large lidded pot or pan on medium high heat and stir fry the garlic and ginger for a couple of minutes until soft and fragrant.
Add the meat and stir fry until brown. Add half of the soy sauce to the meat, stir and lower the heat. Cover the pan and allow it to simmer until the meat is tender (about 10 minutes). The meat will start caramelizing and the liquid will reduce. Add a little water if pan gets too dry and stir occasionally.
Add vegetables to the pan after the meat is tender and increase the heat to medium. Stir fry the vegetables until just cooked.
Gently fold vermicelli into the pan.
Stir in the remainder of the soy sauce and ½ cup of water, put the lid on the pot and allow to cook for 2 minutes.
Turn off the heat and serve with spring onions for garnish. Read