Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mmmmmmmmmmm, Stew

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!

9 comments:

Anne Johnson said...

If you ever find yourself in a position to eat squirrels, here's what you have to do:
1. Skin, cut up, throw away innards.
2. Some people eat the heads, I prefer not to.
3. Cut into chunks, dip in beaten egg wash or water, roll in seasoned flour.
4. Fry in Crisco or oil until brown on all sides.

This dish is rather bony. You will need about 2 squirrels per adult consumer.

democommie said...

anne johnson:

Squirrel from the country maybe but these city squirrels? not while there's other food available. That recipe works for a lot of other critters. I just saw a recipe for buttermilk battered deep fried quail in "Field and Stream".

Sharon said...

EVOO?

democommie said...

Extra Virgin Olive Oil--I may be a troglodytic knucklehead but I loves me some EVOO!

mutzali said...

Do you want to pass along the recipe for that bread pudding you mention? (see, I did read all the way to the end, once I wiped the drool off the keyboard.)

democommie said...

mutzali:

As soon as I can lay my fingers on it. It's in one of numerous boxes that are scattered around the house or in the storage units.

Dave von Ebers said...

Demo … I never woulda got beyond the part of the recipe that said “beer.”

Mmmmm. Beer.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

The squirrel recipe sounds like it would work with rats, too!

Down here, all we got is possums. (Not "O"-possums, just plain possums.) They're nice and plump, (at least the kind that visit my back garden) and would make good eatin', but they're protected by law. Except in New Zealand. Barbarous Kiwi mofos...

democommie said...

Bukko in Australia:

Squirrels ARE rats.