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Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
This Stew was the winner in the Twain Harte Fall Festival's Stew Cook-off (both the business and Peoples Choice categories). The recipe was in the Sierra Mountain Times, the cook is George Farrell owner of the Sportmens Coffee Shop.
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil
- 1⁄2 cup flour, plus
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 lbs hot Italian sausage, bulk (or remove from casings)
- 3 yellow onions
- 6 stalks celery
- 6 carrots
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 2 green bell peppers
- 2 yams
- 5 red potatoes
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon sage leaf
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- Chop all the vegetables into bite-size pieces; peel the yams but not the red potatoes; keep each vegetable separate because they will be added at different times.
- Prepare seasoning mix in a small bowl, set aside.
- Brown the sausage in a hot skillet, drain, set aside and keep warm.
- Prepare the roux; heat the oil and the flour, cook over medium heat until dark blonde (about 6 minutes); be careful not to scorch the mixture.
- Mix the minced garlic with half of the chopped onion, celery, carrots, and the green peppers and 1/2 of the seasoning mix.
- Add the mixture to the roux(it will be a sticky mess in the pan); cook stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and cook 2 minutes nore, stirring frequently.
- Stir in 2 cups of the chicken broth at a time, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan as you stir.
- Add the rest of the carrots and the red potatoes; cook about 20 minutes; ADD the remaining vegetables, spices, yams, and precooked, drained sausage.
- Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Serve with hot crusty bread.
A marathon of chopping! Using all the freshest veggies, it took me quite a while to get this started. Best for a weekend when you have some time, for sure. I tried to follow the recipe as posted, but became confused as to when to add what veggies, and when to use half of what. I am not a professional cook, but I don't quite understand what the step with the roux was for, since it all (the cooked flour and oil) got washed off the veggies after I added the two quarts of chicken broth. Additionally, I would have added the veggies in steps to the cooked broth, starting with the ones that take the longest to cook. You may want to use milder sausage than I did with this, as it seemed to retain all of the hot spice of the sausage (and then some!) Also, there was a step in there that I needed to transfer what I was doing to a larger pot, since my largest skillet (and I mean LARGE skillet) could not possibly hold everything that was going into this stew. I had to complete the recipe in the largest pot I have, which almost was not big enough!! Overall, a great meal for a chilly winter night, served with really crusty bread for dunking, made a very filling meal. Enough for the neighbors!