The stew made from winter vegetables (potatoes, carrots, turnip cabbage, celery) is one of the first things I started cooking in my childhood. First, without meat, as it wasn’t that easy to find and if I ruined the stew it would have been easier to start over. The meat in my stews appeared much later, after I moved from my parents’ house and I began improvising any dish from every ingredient that I could afford. But that’s a story for another day. Let’s get back to today’s stew, which I prepared yesterday:
I washed and chopped the vegetables: potatoes, carrots, green onions, two garlic cloves, a few cherry tomatoes that were too unripe to be eaten raw, a piece of zucchini that had been left in the fridge for three days.
In a pot, I put one tablespoon of butter. I put all the vegetables, except the zucchini, cut into large pieces, in the butter. Over them, I threw some aromatic greens.
I poured one cup of water in the pot (make sure it doesn’t cover the vegetables), I sprinkled a bit of salt and pepper, put a lid on and left the pot on low heat for about 20 minutes.
I took the meat out of two fresh sausages and put it to fry, without oil or any other grease, together with the half centimeter thick zucchini slices. I sprinkled a bit of Sechuan pepper over them.
I turned the meatballs on all sides, making sure they brown nicely.
I also turned the zucchini slices from one side to the other. I took them off the stove once they were fried.
I put the meatballs in the stew from the pot and I let them boil for 10 minutes on low heat.
Here comes the different part: I plugged in the blender sent by St. Nicholas for testing. In it, I put two tablespoons of milk, a handful of green salad (salad mix, washed and aired), a few cubes of smoked goat cheese and three or four tablespoons of stew, without any meatballs. I transformed all of these into a fine paste (in 5-8 seconds).
Vitamix is an awesome tool which I will present to you soon. For the time being, we’re only getting used to it :)
It was really, really good.
I recommend it with all my heart. If you don’t have a professional blender, you can use a regular one. It will take longer, but the reward is substantial.