Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hot Halloween Stew

Happy Halloween!

This was honestly one of the best stews I've ever made. Spiked with jalapenos and cheddar, this stew was warm and hearty, a perfect fall supper. And full of vegetable goodness! Red lentils and kidney beans provide a healthy dose of protein and the rich dino kale was the perfect compliment to this zesty orange potato stew.

Have a hot Halloween!

Hot Halloween Stew

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp + 1 tsp butter
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 leek, chopped
1/3 cup dry vermouth
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
4 baby dutch potatoes, diced
1/4 cup pumpkin, diced
large pinch of sea salt
2 sweet red peppers, seeded and finely diced
3 cups vegetable broth
4 oz red lentils
1 jalapeno, seeded, deveine, and finely chopped (mine was mild so I added...)
6 slices bottled nacho slices of jalapeno
1/2 cup your favorite salsa (I used Casa Sanchez)
1/2 cup red kidney beans
5 large leaves of dino kale, ribbed and torn into 2" by 3" strips
2 oz cheddar cheese, cubed

Heat the oil and melt 1 tbsp butter. Cook the onions for for 5 minutes over low heat. Add the leek and garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the vermouth and cook for another 10 minutes. Add an additional tsp butter, along with the potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and salt. Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add the red pepper and jalapenos and cook for 2 minutes. Uncover, add the vegetable stock and red lentils and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the salsa and kidney beans and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the kale and cook until wilted. Stir in the cubed cheddar cheese and serve in a small, cleaned pumpkin.


Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Oh, way beyond cute.
Yummy and cute. You knock me out.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

This looks delicious!!!

7:49 AM  
Blogger urban vegan said...

That's just gorgeous. Great stew and lovely presentation.

4:02 PM  
Blogger LisaRene said...

Hello, I just stumbled upon your blog and love it. I'm very impressed with your recipes. This one in particular is too pretty to eat!

Looking forward to spending some time going through your archives.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Welcome lisarene! Your blog looks very cool! Thanks for visiting.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Marisa said...

That looks amazing! You're making me wish it wasn't hot and summery over here. :-)

4:22 AM  

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