Cook Local – Farmers Market Stew
Ok since it’s cooled down to the high 90’s it’s ok to serve up some stew…right? 😀 Well we eat soups and stews year round and since all of the veggies are readily available at the farmer’s market right now the timing is perfect for this yummy bowl!
Offering up a soup today that is a fusion of Italian and American flavors. Using polenta and Italian sausage, and then adding potatoes, okra and corn this stew becomes rich, thick and hearty. Now please don’t close out the email if you’ve never tried okra 😀 I’ve heard a lot of talk about the texture of okra – but in this soup, the okra is coated with polenta and together they make a rich creamy soup. In addition to the farmers market, here’s a great link to find local growers.
This stew takes only 45 minutes from start to finish and it’s so delicious! We all went in for seconds, it’s savory and so filling. All you need to go with is a good crunchy loaf of bread and dinner or lunch is served!
I hope I’ve talked you into trying this and trying okra – it’s a great flavor and this is a yummy way to enjoy it!
- 1 lb. mild Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb okra, thinly sliced
- 2 yukon gold potatoes, chopped into small bite sized pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup polenta
- 1 ear of corn – kernels removed or 1 cup frozen corn
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Start by browning the sausage over medium heat in a heavy bottom pan. Get a good sear on it – you want it to be well browned and broken up into little pieces
- While the sausage is cooking, chop the okra, onions, potatoes and mince the garlic.
- Drain the excess oil from the sausage and add in the okra, potatoes & onions. Sauté for about 4 minutes and add the garlic and polenta. Mix well, seasoning with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Increase the heat to high and add the chicken broth, bring to a boil. Stir well scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce to simmer and cook for another 20 minutes stirring occasionally. The stew will thicken and once the potatoes are cooked thru add the corn and the stew is complete!