Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Vicki's Stew & French Rolls

I like to have a meal ready for Art when he has a late flight. This was for him.

Layered in the Crock Pot --
1. Red Potatoes, chopped in large pieces
2. Carrots, scrubbed & wheeled
3. Saute in canola oil: 2 cloves elephant garlic, 1 large sweet onion, 3 serrano peppers, 2 tsp. chili powder, 2 tsp. sage, & 2 tsp. thyme

Cover the veggies with water and add 2 Tbsp. Better than Bouillon vegetable base, and 1 bay leaf, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.
5. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

6. Whisk together 4 Tbsp. arrowroot powder + warm both to thicken. Throw in a handful of fresh Green Beans or frozen peas. (I forgot peas!)
7. Cover & cook another 20 minutes.

The next day, we dressed it up a bit with Veat's Bites & French Rolls. Art sauteed the Bites with Earth Balance and some of the stew broth, braggs, & kitchen bouquet.

I used Kramer's 'Easy French Bread' recipe from La Dolce Vegan! I adore this recipe as you can tell here & here. This time, I used 1 1/4 cup each of spelt, all-purpose unbleached white, and whole wheat pastry flour. Divided and shaped the dough into 6 and placed in my jumbo muffin tin, slashed the dough diagonally, and topped with poppy seeds. Art really enjoyed and appreciated this meal, especially that the veggies were large and I didn't use any weird spices! I love the ease and results of my Crock Pot! Do you have any favorite slow cooker recipes??


Taylor said...

Very comforting. And very nice of you!

Michelle said...

i don't use my crockpot nearly enough!

Vegyogini said...

That stew looks so delicious! I've been meaning to try that French bread recipe. Maybe it's finally time...

VeggieGirl said...

oh my goodness, that stew looks PHENOMENAL!! I've actually never used a slow-cooker before, so I don't have any favorite recipes for it :0)

Melody Polakow said...

That stew looks amazing! What a fabulous meal to come home to.

Anonymous said...

Yum - your stew looks great! I'm with Melody...what a terrific meal to come home too.

Art Hodge said...

all true, it was delicious and Vicki cut the vegetables the way I prefer and everything! I like foods more plain so that you can taste the food itself; the spices were perfect and they brought out the vegetable flavors! :)

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