It was one of those nights. Gorgeous. A slight breeze. Sunset approaching, earlier and earlier these days. Not even the presence of mosquitos to push us back inside, into the air conditioning. Nope, it was just a night to cut up the some veggies we had harvested from the garden that very day, and throw them all together. Lettuce, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers...
And if that wasn't easy enough, Cath - chef extraordinaire - was thinking ahead this morning, and threw some chuck roast into a crock pot, along with some more of those garden veggies. Today we used carrots, tomatoes, onions, turnips, potatoes.... It's what we had that we thought would be yummy together. Really, whatever you want to throw in there will be great.
[Can I admit something? The turnip. My mom threw it in there, and then questioned whether it was a turnip or a rutabaga. And I just had to look up how to spell that (Rutabaga). Not that it much matters, since the rutabaga is a kind of turnip, and they are both root vegetables so they will complement each other. Hmmmm. Well, after some debate it was decided that we were eating turnips. Ha!]
A summer stew. No muss, no fuss. Use what you have. Make something awesome. Like this:
You don't see many tomatoes in this picture because I ate them all by the time I stopped to take a picture. And, don't forget the glass of white wine. I'm not sure if you're supposed to drink white wine with red meat, but I don't really care - I'm a white wine in the summer kind of gal. And that's what I love about this recipe: just throw what you have into a crock pot. Whatever kind of guy/gal you happen to be is juuuuust fine. It will taste good simply by the virtue of being good food that soaks together for several hours in the awesome juices of good food.
I'm including the "recipe" for the Summer Garden Stew - but honestly - this is the make it up as you go recipe. My favorite!
- Chuck Roast
- Whatever veggies you have on hand from the garden. (We used potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, tomatoes.)
- Can of Beer (or red wine)
- 1 cup beef broth
- Parmesan to sprinkle on top at the table
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Brown the chuck roast
- Put in crock pot
- Add garden stuff.. Potatoes, carrots, onion, turnip tomatoes
- Add can beer and cup of beef broth.. Or broth and red wine
- Cook slowly 6 hrs
- Parmesan and Salt/Pepper at the table for added ooomph
How do you make YOUR summer stew? What's your favorite combo of veggies?