Thursday, October 30, 2008
Okay, so it's cold out this week. I took this opportunity to make stew: "Ragoút au Réfrigérateur avec trois saussice" (Three sausage refrigerator stew) Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a 5qt dutch oven. Saute, briefly 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning (store bought or your own mix), briefly, to help release flavors into oil. Add; 2 oz thinly sliced pepperoni 4 oz grilled "hot" italian sausage 8 oz "hot" chorizo After sausuage is browned (3-4 minutes at moderate heat) Add: 1 huge or several smaller onions 2 Tbsp of minced garlic (unless you like more--there is no "less" button) 1 10-12 oz package of button mushrooms 1/2 oz sundried tomatoes (whole or hacked, up to you) 2 ribs of celery--roughly chopped 4 normal sized carrots--roughly chopped Continue sauteeing until mushrooms have gotten floppy and you want to start picking them out and eating them all by themselves. Add: 1/4 C Dry Marsala 3/4 C decent or better beer (retain leftover beer for chef) heat for a minute or two, stirring ocassionally, to avoid that raw alcohol taste we all hate in our food. Add: 1-1/2 to 2 qts or broth or water A healthy splash of EVOO 2 bay leaves fresh ground black pepper & salt (if you really think it needs salt, with all that sausage in there) Simmer for as long as you like (at least an hour) Add 1 can black beans, bring back to simmer. adjust seasoning and serve. I think I need to go have breakfast, now. Mangia! Next time I'll save the skwirruls! Ciao!