No sooner did I get my power back last Friday did I start hearing of the next storm expected mid-week. I wanted to be better prepared this time around so I could at least have some nice hot comfort food if the power went out again. A co-worker was able to find propane for my table top stove just in case and perusing the Stews, Chilis & Curries section of Isa Does It kept me going back to Dilly Stew with Rosemary Dumplings. This dish was also a good excuse to splurge on the Dutch Oven I’ve been eyeing for months; it arrived Wednesday evening and was put straight to work in advance of Thursday’s storm.
This dish is a simple stew of onion, celery, carrots and potatoes. It starts out with a roux, which by definition is created by cooking flour with fat…not so good for the Engine 2 Challenge, but I decided to use water instead of the oil and see how it went. I was able to achieve a thick mixture, but it was not browned or toasty as the cookbook describes. To this, you add in the onion and cook a bit before adding in broth and the remainder of the vegetables. With everyone in the pot you cook until the potatoes are tender.
At this point you add some beans and top with dumplings before covering to cook the rest of the way through. The dumplings also contained a bit of oil. Here, I replaced the oil with pumpkin puree; inspired by Fat Free Vegan Susan Voison’s Pot Pie with Pumpkin Biscuit Topping, which I had made for Thanksgiving. The dumplings pillowed quite nicely.
The stew was lovely. It has subtle herbal flavors and a lovely thickness you expect from a hearty stew. The beans and dumplings add some texture (the pumpkin seemed a fine choice to replace the oil). The dish also reheated well though gratefully I did not lose power and didn’t have to rely on my tabletop stove for the reheating. I did, however, get over a foot of snow on Thursday – perfect stew weather.
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