December 22, 2008

"Three Sisters" Stew

Looking for a vegetarian-friendly main course for Thanksgiving, I stumbled across this recipe. Everyone loved the complex flavors and smooth texture.

-1 large butternut squash (about 2 lbs)
-1 T. olive oil
-1 medium onion, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 medium green pepper
-1/2 medium red pepper
-14 oz. can diced tomatoes, with liquid
-2 cups cooked pinto beans
-2 cups corn
-1 cup vegetable stock
-1 small fresh hot chile, seeded and minced
-1 t. cumin
-1 t. oregano
-3 to 4 T. fresh cilanto, minced

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and fibers. Cover with aluminum foil and place the halves, cut side up, in a foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but still firm. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, and cut into large dice. Set aside until needed.
3. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
4. Add the squash and all the remaining ingredients except the last 2 and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently, covered, until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. If time allows, let the stew stand for 1 to 2 hours before serving, then heat through as needed. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro. The stew should be thick and very moist but not soupy; add additional stock or water if needed.


Ashley said...

Yummy! Anything with butternut squash is good!

Deon said...

Rachel! Thanks for commenting on my blog! And Merry Christmas to you! Okay, so I've got you down for the 28th as the delivery date. The clock is ticking . . . you may be our winner!

Hey your blog is so yummy to scroll through!!! The Taco Soup looks like it could be some sort of a contest winner: it has not too many ingredients, the ingredients are handy-dandy everyday pantry items, and it looks oh so delicious with the cumin (love it) and the beans (love them) and the green pepper and onion (love, love). You should be a pro-chef!

Do you know we think the WORLD of you?!!! Have a wonderful new year!