Thursday, September 19, 2013

Garden Veggie Stew

I was recently asked to cook a recipe that somehow relates to my connection with farming and agriculture. My first thought was, “This is easy! We raise beef cows, and I cook with beef all the time!” And then I thought to myself, “Self, you also have all that yummy produce from your garden this summer – why not experiment with it a bit?”

And that’s exactly what I did. I call it Garden Veggie Stew. Farmer Doc has been calling it Feutz Farm Stew. Make it your own, and call it whatever you want!

garden veggie stew

I started with 1 pound of beef for stew. When I started, I wasn’t really sure if this was going to be a stew or a soup, so I cut the beef into smaller, bite-sized pieces. (There's nothing worse than a chunky soup with chunks that are too big!) I tossed the beef into my lined crockpot with a diced onion from our garden.

beef and onion
I added in about 1 cup of butternut squash (from our garden) and 1 quart of tomato juice that we made from our tomatoes last weekend. I also added 2 cups of frozen sweet corn from our garden. (Just toss it in there in a frozen block. Check back in about an hour and it will thawed enough that you can stir it around and mix the corn into the rest of your soup/stew.)

butternut squash
Give that all a good stir, put the lid on your crockpot, and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 3-4 hours).

During the last hour of cooking, I added one quart of canned green beans (from our garden stash).

green beans
Then I decided I didn’t really want soup, I wanted something thicker. So I added 2 cups of instant brown rice. I put the cover back on, turned up the heat to high, and let it go for another 45-60 minutes.

brown rice
And that was it! With the exception of the rice, we raised everything in this dish! (Okay, we didn’t raise this beef, but we do raise beef, so I think it counts.) I served it with a side of our favorite cornbread recipe, although the rice certainly gives it enough carbs that you don’t need the bread if you don’t want it. (But who doesn’t want fresh-from-the-oven cornbread?)

garden veggie stew

Here is the printable recipe card for you:

garden veggie stew recipe card
What are you cooking up from your garden this fall? I’m pretty excited to get my hands on some pie pumpkins from our garden in the next few weeks!

Mug of beer on a pub table
{I am participating in Indiana’s Family of Farmers Table Talk Series and received a gift in exchange for my participation. There is also an affiliate link in this post.}


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