Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Weird Winter Veggies and Green Chile Stew

This muddy looking bunch of vegetables just arrived from my Mom's root cellar.

Yes, people still have those sorts of things... root cellars. To store roots. Like these!

I realize these look like.. well, like dirt. But they are actually hiding some beautiful vegetable colors!

*Ahem!* Should you be wondering what in the world some of these nondescript, dirt-covered things are, pictured are: beets, yellow carrots (which are really sorta pale green), a small kabocha squash, Walla Walla sweet onion and an... um.. three-legged purple carrot.

Seriously though - Check out the purple carrots when cut up, the brilliant purple color goes about half-way through, it looks SO cool!

So tomorrow for Thanksgiving's non-turkey dinner I'm doing roasted root veggies. They looked so pretty all cut up in my roasting pan I just had to get a picture. Apples, squash, yams, three kinds of carrots, beets and onion. Tomorrow I'll drizzle with olive oil and a little cider and roast until tender. Yum!

The kitchen's still full of half-finished baking and cooking projects. I'll post more after the big day!

I'll close with this final picture and a super-easy recipe.

Not much to look at, but it's my most favorite soup in the world. New Mexico's own Fire-Roasted Green chile stew made with Hatch chiles.

Once you've had New Mexico's signature roasted chiles you won't be happy with anything else, I swear. I'm addicted to the peppers and to the area and am always counting the days until my next trip back to the blue skys and sunshine...
But I digress. OK, so I added little dumplings because my kids like those. Maybe not so traditional but still quick and easy, warm, spicy comfort food.

Green Chile Stew
2 Tablespoons Earth Balance
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cup roasted, peeled and chopped fresh, or frozen green chilies (I use the frozen tub of Bueno Foods Fire Roasted Green Chiles)
1 Tablespoon flour
3 cups vegetable or vegetarian-"chicken" stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
2 medium white potatoes, (I often leave these out - you can also use sweet potatoes here)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup tvp - I use medium chunks - that has been rehydrated in 1 cup boiling water. OR you could use 1 can drained, rinsed pinto beans.
Boil potatoes until almost tender - if using them. I often don't, just because it's quicker to make this without, but they are nice in the soup too.
Sautee onion in Earth Balance until soft and translucent. Add garlic and allow to brown slightly. Stir in roasted chiles. Sprinkle flour over onion mixture, stir in and let brown slightly.
Stir in salt, stock, oregano and potatoes. Reduce heat to simmer. Stir in drained tvp or pinto beans. Pour stew into buttered casserole dish and top with small teaspoon-size dumplings made with biscuit mix or your favorite recipe.
Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until dumplings are firm and exposed bits are golden brown. Serves 6 if you're lucky.


Kate said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Wow, I cannot imagine how good those root veggies are going to taste.

Liz² said...

that carrot is beautiful! and you soup looks delicious, too.

Sheena said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a while, but never commented yet. I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! I bet your roasted veggies came out wonderfully! The purple carrots are so cool, I've never seen them before! I enjoy reading your blog. :)

Anonymous said...

Those veggies look beautiful! I hope they taste great and that you are having a fabulous Thanksgiving!


the pleasantly plump vegan said...

man, those root veggies look amazing

VeggieGirl said...

Haha, wow, those vegetables ARE quite bizarre-looking; and I feel rather ignorant that I've never heard of a root-cellar (**hides in shame**). I like your stew recipe though - perfect way to incorporate/serve up all those funky vegetables, perhaps?? ;0)

Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes! :0)

Anonymous said...

great vegetables!!!

Jeenuh said...

Yum! I totally agree with the new mexico green chiles thing, that's a perk of living here.

Btw, this is Spaz, I had an urge to look at pictures of yummy vegan food so I went and found your blog again :)