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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Slow Suppers ~Vegetable Stew

Our Sunday Slow Supper this week is 'Stew'. Since this was Shannon's week, I was hoping for a hearty beer stew... since she is a part of the GrapeHops Tours. Instead, Shannon suggested a Vegetable Stew.
Piggly Wiggly didn't have any banana squash, so I substituted butternut squash (and had to tell the girl at the checkout what that was) I could have driven to Whole Funds, but decided to make do.
Squash, Pepper, Chard, and Corn Stew
1 medium onion, diced
3 – 5 garlic cloves, chopped
¾ pound banana squash, peeled and cut into pieces about ½ inch wide
2 – 3 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp Greek oregano
1 green pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 Tbs flour
2 Tbs chile powder
½ tsp cumin
1 cup dry white wine
2 cup broth of choice
3 – 4 cup tomatoes, diced
½ bunch chard, blanched and cut into ribbons with the tougher stems cut away
1 ½ cup frozen corn
¾ cup sour cream or yogurt to taste
Chopped cilantro and green onions for garnish

Very lightly sauté the onion, garlic and squash in oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed soup pot, then add oregano, red and green peppers, flour, chile powder and cumin. Stir together and cook for a minute or two longer. Add wine, broth, and tomatoes, then cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add chard and corn, then cook for a further 15-20 minutes. Taste for seasoning. If stew is too liquid, pour off liquid into a small saucepan and boil down until reduced and richly flavored. Just before serving, stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and green onions.
I totally messed up and forgot the tomatoes. Then 'just before serving' I grabbed a spoon and started eating... What sour cream?

So my variation would be tomatoless, creamless vegetable stew~ and it couldn't have been better! The chili and cumin give a nice savory flavor to the vegetables, not spicy at all. Perfect for a chilly rainy night.

Y'all Enjoy!


koralee said...

My kinda stew...looks lovely. Thank you for visiting me! I will be back for more inspiration soon!

grace said...

banana squash, eh? sounds interesting. i think this stew would be perfect as a sunday supper, with or with sour cream and tomatoes. :)

PageRank Check said...

good looking stew wanna try it

Ede said...

No sour cream? your version was a much healthier one than mine. I did not skimp on the sour cream. :)

nancyhol said...

Of all of the recipes that the Slow Cooks have made, this is one of my very favorites.

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