Wikipedia says Americans consume approximately 2.5 billion bowls of Campbell’s canned Tomato, Cream of mushroom, and Chicken Noodle Soup each year.
Canned soup . . . really?
Perhaps it’s because they never tasted really delicious homemade soup or stew?
My mission, if I choose to accept it, is to share my best soup and stew recipes so canned-soup addicts can wean themselves off the cans.
Will it work?
The proof is in the pot, yes?
Jodi’s Winter Stew
- 1 lb. lean stew meat
- Grape-seed oil, or your choice of cooking oil
- 5 or 6 small peeled potatoes
- 1 lg. peeled turnip, diced
- 1 med. onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, mashed
- 2 fresh ears of corn, or 1 can corn, drained
- 1 can green peas, drained
- 1 lg. peeled, sliced thin carrot
- 1 lg. stalk celery + leaves if desired.
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes and peppers (hot or mild, depending on your personal heat-index)
- 1 Tbls. Onion Powder
- 1 Tbls. coarse-ground black pepper
- Beef or chicken broth
- Seasoned or sea salt to taste
Prepare vegetables and other ingredients and set aside. Put stew meat in a plastic bag and add enough flour to coat well. Sprinkle with small amount of pepper if desired before shaking bag. Add meat to hot oil in a stew pot. Brown the meat lightly on all sides over medium heat, stirring almost constantly.
Remove pot from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. The broth and water ratio I use is 2/3 broth and 1/3 water. Turnips and carrots are denser than potatoes, so I dice and slice them quite small. The potatoes are cut into medium chunks.
Your uncooked stew should be a couple of inches from the top of the pot when assembled. When the mixture comes to a low boil, cover slightly, but not tightly. Stir often until all ingredients are cooked through. The meat should be tender, but slightly chewy. Why? Because that’s the nature of stew meat. Just make sure you buy a good quality meat and that it’s lean. The broth will be quite thick and rich. Do your seasoning as the stew simmers.
Cooking times vary, but it doesn’t take long.
Comment: Serve with homemade cornbread.
Comment: I’ve never had anyone turn up his/her nose at this hearty stew.
While you’re enjoying a rich bowl of Jodi’s Winter Stew, grab your copy of one of the Silki books and have a good read by the fireside!