Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloweeeen!

A very Happy Halloween to each and every one of you!!!

In honor of this super fun holiday, I am sharing my Witch's Stew recipe!

Every single year at Halloween, I would come home from school with the scent of pumpkin candles and my mom's Witch's Stew wafting through the house. Witch's Stew was really just my mom's beef stew, but the name gave it a deliciously magical touch. Last year, I tried to re-create this stew, but I was a very new vegan, so it wasn't quite what I had wanted. So, this year, I decided to be bold and improvise my own recipe, and I ended up creating the perfect autumn stew to warm anybody's heart (especially a cow's heart, since there's no cow in my recipe!).



Keeping warm in the crockpot...

 
And it's ready!

 
Steve approves.


WITCH'S STEW
serves many people :)

2 packages West Soy Stir Fry Strips or Seitan Strips, pulled apart into chunks
(you can also substitute beans, tofu, or tempeh for this)
1-2 lbs. red bliss potatoes, chopped into quarters
5-6 large carrots (with their skin left on), chopped or sliced
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finally chopped
1 bag frozen peas
4 c. vegetable broth or stock
3 tbsp. Earth Balance margarine (or cooking oil)
2 vegetable boullion cubes mixed with 2 c. boiling water
1 c. un-bleached flour, mixed with 1 tbsp. onion powder and 1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. thyme
1/2 tbsp. sage
1 c. un-bleached flour, mixed with 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 c. water

1. Dredge Seitan Strips in flour/onion powder/garlic powder mixture.
2. Heat Earth Balance or oil in a large pan or stockpot over medium heat. Toss in strips and cook until heated through and slightly browned.
3. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add vegetable broth, vegetable boullion/boiled water mixture, potatoes, onions, and carrots. Allow to cook for at least 35-40 minutes, or until potatoes and carrots are mostly cooked through.
5. Add frozen peas, thyme, and sage and mix well. Add flour/soy sauce/water mixture slowly, and stir well - this is to thicken the stew sauce, so go slowly, as to not over-thicken. Allow to cook for 10-15 more minutes, or until peas are completely heated through.
5. Transfer stew to a crockpot and place crockpot setting to "Low". (this is an optional step, so that you can store the stew in the crockpot for future use) 

And the most important step:
Make a cackling witch-y sound, pick up your spoon, and get to it!!!


May everyone have a safe, fun, silly, crazy, and Happy Halloween! 

4 comments:

CurlyLocks said...
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CurlyLocks said...

The stew looks delicious! I'm definitely going to try it. Glad to see that Steve is enjoying it! If you were to substitute beans for the protein, which type of bean would you use?

Lindsay said...

I would use kidney beans or maybe even chickpeas, and I would omit the part of the recipe where you dredge the protein in flour and heat it. I think I would just cook the garlic first, then throw the beans in with all of the vegetables. Thanks! :)

Natalie Would said...

You are the best! I've been looking for a "beef" stew recipe for FOREVER!