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Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash & Apple Chili

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Guys! I dunno.. my paper wall calendar says it’s October. I think it might be broken.

We still have no kitchen.. our makeshift dining room kitchen now has a slow cooker and an electric skillet, which take turns on the chair closest to the one electrical outlet that is currently occupied by the microwave and coffee machine.

Apples are in, butternut squash is in.. and sausage is always in. This is something you can chop on a rolling cart and make in a slow cooker – even without a kitchen.

Update soon! Promise.

Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash & Apple Chili

canola oil, for cooking
1 onion, chopped
3 fresh chicken-apple sausages
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
2-3 Tbsp. chili powder
4 cups (1 L) chicken stock
1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 19 oz. (540 mL) can white kidney beans or chickpeas
1 Tbsp. butter or oil
1 tart apple, diced

In a medium pot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Squeeze the sausage out of its casing into the pan and cook it, breaking it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook for another minute or two.

Add the chicken stock and stir to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the squash and bring to a simmer; cook for 20-30 minutes, until the squash is tender. Stir in the beans. (Alternatively, toss the lot into a slow cooker and turn it on low for 8 hours.)

In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat and saute the apple for a few minutes, turning until golden and caramelized. Stir into the chili before serving.

Serves 6.

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October 01 2014 | beans and slow cooker and stews & braises | 17 Comments »

Anna Olson’s Hungarian Goulash

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This is what I left the boys with a Tupperware container of when I left them to drive up to Edmonton today for the BlogWest conference. Here’s hoping I don’t come home to it still in the fridge and a stack of pizza boxes in the recycling bin.

It was one of the last recipes I made for the Soup Sisters cookbook – a Hungarian Goulash contributed by the awesome Anna Olson. I must admit – beef stew is not my thing, having grown up with flank steak stew that reminded me of rope cooked in stewed tomatoes. (Sorry mom.)

I wasn’t going to eat any myself, and gave Mike a bowl and went upstairs to pack. But his enthusiasm and the rich, dark, reddish broth (spiked with a hearty dose of paprika) convinced me to give it a go. (And break from the weeks of living on toast and tea.) It was fab.

It also had something called csipetke – Hungarian pinched noodles that are like teeny dumplings simmered in the finished stew. I made them, but not having a sense of nostalgia around such things may not again. Instead, I added new potatoes.

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The dough is STICKY. You will have to scrape it off your fingers. I pulled the stew out of the oven and put it on the stovetop, and simmered little marble-sized pieces in the broth. You could do it in the oven, or skip it altogether.

Hungarian Beef Goulash

adapted from a recipe Anna Olson contributed to the upcoming Soup Sisters Cookbook (Appetite)

3 slices bacon, chopped
1 lb stewing beef (Anna recommends boneless blade roast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1 onions, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 Tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika
a few garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp thyme leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) caraway seeds (optional)
2 bay leaves
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced or whole plum tomatoes
4 cups (1 L) beef stock (use low-sodium stock, if using store bought)
Salt and pepper to taste
5-6 new potatoes, halved or quartered, or 2-3 larger potatoes, scrubbed and diced (optional)
Sour cream for serving (optional)

In a large heavy skillet set over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour off most of the bacon fat (if there is a lot) and brown the beef in batches, then transfer to a heavy cast iron pot or baking dish.

Sauté the onions, carrot, parsnip and celery until the onions are softened, and add them to the beef in the pot. Stir in the paprika, garlic, thyme, caraway seeds (if using) and bay leaves.

Add the stock and tomatoes, cover and cook at 300F for 2 1/2-3 hours, until the beef is very tender. If you like, add the potatoes about halfway through the cooking time. Remove the bay leaves and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the goulash topped with dollops of sour cream and crispy bacon.

Csipetke: Whisk 1 egg lightly, then stir in 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt – the dough should be dense but a little stretchy and you should be able to pick it up and handle it with your hands. If it’s too dense, add a little water. Using dampened hands, pinch off little pea-size pieces of the dough and drop into the simmering goulash. Simmer for 5 minutes before serving.

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March 09 2012 | stews & braises | 26 Comments »

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