Monday, November 16, 2009

Sausage/Cabbage Stew and My First Ever Sourdough

While I'm still a few weeks away from the sourdough recipes of the Bread Baker's Apprentice, I just wanted to show you the loaf I made last week to go with my sausage, bean and cabbage stew. I'll go into more detail when I actually post this for the Challenge, but since my starter was due to be fed, I thought I'd use what I would typically throw out and just see if I actually had a bona fide starter in my fridge or if I was just hoping that it was.

It turns out that I've actually been successful at making my very own starter from scratch! Remember just a few short months ago when I introduced you to Biddy, my starter?

She's alive and thriving and makes one heck of a delicious loaf of sourdough bread. I was tempted to add just a tiny amount of yeast to the recipe because I didn't trust that Biddy was fully developed, but I decided to just take a leap of faith and let her prove herself.

I needn't have worried. As you can see she did a wonderful job rising this dough to the expected level. (YAY Biddy!)

This bread was especially delicious with my sausage, cabbage and bean stew. Smoked turkey sausage combines with creamy northern beans and loads of veggies to make this very hearty stew. Perfect for lunch or dinner!

Sausage, Bean and Cabbage Stew

1 pound smoked turkey sausage, diced
4 tsp olive oil, divided
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 poblano peppers or 1 bell pepper, diced
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups tomato sauce
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 15 ounce can northern beans, drained
1/2 small head of cabbage, shredded
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp coriander
salt and pepper

Heat 2 tsps of the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add sausage and brown. Remove sausage to drain on pepper towel. Add the remaining 2 tsps olive oil to the pot. Add the onion, carrot, celery and peppers. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Saute until onions are translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Add broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, cabbage, paprika and coriander. Season again with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat a bit and simmer until cabbage is tender, 25-30 minutes. Add reserved sausage back to pot.


Susan said...

Your bread looks fabulous! I just started working with "Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day" and I love it! Fresh bread every night, and tonight I used the dough to make homemade pizza. Mmmmm!

Susan said...

Could I come to your house for lunch??? Everything looks so yummy...I'm copying recipes like crazy!! Susan

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks so tasty. I want to make a sourdough starter sometime, but I am not good at bread, so I think I need to get a few more successful attempts at making bread under my belt first :)

June said...

Yahoo BIDDY! She's a winner for sure - what a beautiful loaf of bread and wowza on the stew Mags. Woman - you can cook!

Moogie said...

If Susan is going to visit, then I'm coming also. Save a hunk of that bread for me.

Snooty Primadona said...

Well, I figure if the cowboys used sour dough starter on trail drives and didn't die, then it's good. Chuckwagon (trail drive) cooks used to guard their sour dough starter with a shotgun. Ya got one of those? Ya might need it because that bread looks good enough to steal off someone's window sill...

Yours definitely looks worth stealing!

Alyssa said...

Mags, the bread is gorgeous! I envy you your starter. I think I've killed mine with neglect. Great success with your starter!

HoneyB said...

it all looks great! Maybe this weekend I can finally make some bread since I will be HOME! :o)

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Wow! This is impressive for your first sourdough. Great job! Can't wait to see your post for the BBA.

Mags said...

Susan: I keep hearing good things about "Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day" and really need to buy the book (or at least put it on my Christmas list!)

Susan: Of course you can come for lunch, dinner.... anytime!

Jen: It just takes practice, really!

June: Thanks! I'm pretty proud of Biddy.

Moogie: I'll set a place for ya!

Snooty: Chuckling here thinking about me standing guard over my fridge with a shotgun!

Alyssa: I really wondered if I had the ability and/or knowledge to build a successful starter, but I did it!

HoneyB: I really hope you get the time to bake bread this weekend. It's such a relaxing thing to do, I think.

Cathy: Thanks! I'm looking forward to it too!

Jenn said...

I made the stew for dinner tonight, and both of my "boys" absolutely loved it! My 7 year old even ate the cabbage without complaint for the first time ever! Thanks so much for the recipe's definately a keeper!

Mags said...

Jenn: I'm so happy that you all enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping back and commenting, I appreciate it!