A big thank you to Stephanie O’Dea for trying out 365+ slow cooker recipes and letting all of us know how they turned out! Being a slow cooker junkie myself, I find her website, A Year of Slow Cooking, very useful.
It just so happened that this weekend I had all the ingredients to make her Harvest Stew. It’s as good as she says.
In case you don’t feel like clicking over to that site:
- 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 3 red potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 acorn squash, peeled and chopped
- 1 whole can tomatoes and chilies (rotel)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp all spice
- salt and pepper to taste
What I Did:
- Use a big slow cooker (I used my 6 quart).
- Tip for cutting winter squash: microwave it for two minutes then allow it to cool. It will be a lot easier to cut and peel!
- Dump everything in the slow cooker, stir well.
- Cook on low for 7 hours (until veggies are tender).
- I actually didn’t have ground turkey when I put this all in the cooker, so I cooked it up later and added it to the stew about an hour before eating.
I’m going to warm up a bowl for dinner right now…
Honestly, I am not that crazy about this stew. It isn’t bad, really, just not very interesting. I don’t think I’ll finish the leftovers. It is nice and warming, so maybe it would be better on a really cold day. The cinnamon and nutmeg also gives it a nice wintery flavoring.
- 3 sweet potatoes, cubed
- 3 medium potatoes, cubed
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 2 celery sticks, sliced
- 1 14oz can stewed tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon EACH cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups chicken broth
What I did:
- Dump it all in a 4 quart slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 7 hours.
The original recipe called for 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, and only 2 sweet potatoes and 2 potatoes. That might have improved it a bit. Or not. Difficult to say. The original recipe also called for TWO cans of tomatoes, which would have ruined it completely for me. Total canned tomato overkill.