Prep 35 mins
Cook 5 hrs
As I was walking through the farmer's market, the bounty of the harvest season was laid out before me, a blanket of autumn beauty. The colors, the scents, all spoke to me of the romance of cooking that has made me enjoy it so much these many years. I bought one beautiful vegetable after another, sensing the melange which would take their simple shapes to the sublime. Come make this wonderful vegetable stew as well, so you may also rediscover the romance of cooking that has made you the foodie you are. Note that this requires a large crock pot. If you have a smaller one, you may reduce the ingredient amounts accordingly. Omit the bacon if you like a truly vegetarian dish (but realize that in doing so it diminishes the flavor).
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 leek, light green and white parts only, thoroughly rinsed and thinly sliced
- 236.59 ml chopped red onion
- 354.88 ml chopped parsnips
- 236.59 ml fresh stringless green beans, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 354.88 ml sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 5-6 garlic cloves, sliced (use an amount you like)
- 354.88 ml small cauliflower florets
- 226.79 g bacon, fat rendered out and chopped
- 473.18 ml chopped baby eggplants
- 354.88 ml cremini mushrooms or 354.88 ml portabella mushrooms, sliced
- 236.59 ml chopped yellow and orange baby carrots
- 709.77 ml chopped purple potatoes, and
- fingerling potato
- 354.88 ml grape tomatoes
- 5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 59.14 ml chopped Italian parsley
- 7.39 ml kosher salt
- 4.92 ml fresh ground black pepper
- 7.39 ml herbes de provence
- 177.44 ml dry white wine or 177.44 ml apple cider
- 340.19 g tomato juice
- 29.58 ml olive oil
- Sprinkle eggplant with salt and allow to drain in colander for 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse before adding to other vegetables.
- Sear all veggies first in a large pan on top of stove (to diminish the alcoholic character from the wine) over high heat until they wilt.
- Place veggies in large crock pot with other ingredients and cover, cooking on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender.
- Serve with crusty bread and wine, if desired.
Oh, this was a great recipe! Be patient, as it involves a lot of prep. (Nearly an hour for me.) Also, it could get expensive 'cause of all the fresh veggies, but darn if it didn't turn out great! I omitted the mushrooms and used veggie bacon (less than recommended and didn't bother to rend whatever fat there was). I served with bread and wine as recommended. I cooked this in my Le Crueset on the stove on low. It didn't take long to cook (maybe an hour on medium-low). Take the time to make this on a Saturday or Sunday if you've got a farmer's market in your neighborhood. Yummy leftovers. Wonderful! Smells great cooking too!