Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Front cover design approved!

Witamy!  It’s a great day because the publisher approved our front cover design. It features a heritage recipe for Hunters Stew, a delicious one-pot meal which blends sauerkraut, kielbasa, pork, dried mushrooms, plus apple and tomato for deeper layers of flavor. We display it in a beautiful, handmade ceramic bowl from Poland. The colors are striking and we hope the cover image will get folks excited about the traditional recipes we chose for this book. Unfortunately we had to cut down the page count so we lost a few recipes, but they’ll be back.

In honor of the front cover, the recipe for today is Hunters Stew from Warsaw, a similar version to the recipe in our book.

Hunters Stew from Warsaw
Serves 5
4 dried mushrooms or 1/2 pound of fresh sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup water
1/2 lb. pork or 1 cup leftover meat
1 tbsp. bacon drippings
1 lb. sauerkraut, washed
1 cup cube bouillon
1 cup diced Polish sausage
1 lb. cabbage, finely sliced
3/4 cup diced bacon
1 large onion, sliced
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. water
3 tbsp. tomato paste
salt and pepper
1/2 cup red table wine
potatoes or rye bread

Soak the mushrooms in 1/4 cup water for 2 hours. Brown the pork in hot drippings on all sides. Place in a kettle. Add sauerkraut, bouillon, sausage, and dried mushrooms with their liquid. Simmer for 2 hours. Take out and slice pork. Cook the cabbage in a separate saucepan for 20 minutes, drain. Fry the bacon with the onions until golden. Add the flour mixed with 2 tablespoons of water, fry for a few more minutes, stirring. Add to the sauerkraut stew: the cabbage, bacon and onion mixture, fresh mushrooms (if they are being used), tomato paste, pork, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Prepare a day ahead. It is best reheated. Reheat in a moderate 375 degree oven for 1 hour. Add wine before serving. Serve with potatoes or rye bread.

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The Polish phrase for today is;  Co bedzie na obiad?   (phonetically:  tso benje nah obiad)  meaning “what’s for dinner” --  hopefully the answer is Hunters Stew, or something other than:  “anything you make”  or “whatever is on the restaurant menu when you take me out to dinner."

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