Making delicious vegetable stew is as easy as picking a handful of vegetables from your garden. You can add some chicken broth, hot sauce or chili pepper to give it added flavor or a little bit of zing, but it's best to let the veggies stand alone. Their delicate and robust flavors will complement one another so well you won't miss meat or bouillon or anything else.
Vegetable Stew Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, (including leaves) chopped
¼ cup parsley leaves
¾ cup carrots, shredded
?" cup corn, sliced from the cob
2 cups cabbage, shredded
4 potatoes, quartered
6 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients, and simmer for about an hour or until vegetables are tender.
If you feel the need to add bouillon, use either beef or chicken. Because chicken bouillon is more subtle than beef bouillon, use two chicken bouillon cubes per cup of liquid.
Additional vegetables straight from the garden that are also great in vegetable stew include green beans and yellow beans, kohlrabi, turnips, parsnips, leeks or green onions. Sweet peas can be added either in the edible pod or already shucked. While green peppers or hot peppers will hold up well in stew, they both have such distinctive flavors they tend to overwhelm the entire pot of stew. Hot peppers can create a stew that is too spicy. If using hot peppers, try to keep the amount to about one half tablespoon. More, and the stew will be compromised. The same is true of bell peppers. Bell peppers have such a distinctive taste they can easily overwhelm an entire pot of stew, even if you only use a small amount.
Not all vegetables can hold up in the stew. Because broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and summer squash are softer vegetables and will boil apart in stew, add these vegetables in the last five minutes of cooking if you want to use them. When the stew is finished, scoop out the vegetables, and place them into a separate dish so that they do not continue to cook in the hot stew.
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