Slowcooker Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

Finished pulled pork on Ace Bakery chiabattas with coleslawI’ve been having a cooking dry spell lately.  I’ve been busy.  I went to Lake Placid and ran a half marathon.  I’m taking a course on Food Policy which is more studying than I’ve done in eons and also requires writing, so it’s sapping much of my creative inspiration.  We’re between CSAs – the summer one we’ve signed up with doesn’t start for another week or so, and the farmer’s markets are still fairly barren of local vegetables and fruit.  All those things are true.  But really, those are just excuses and I’ve been feeling entirely uninspired in both the kitchen and writing departments. Continue reading

Cabbage Roll Stew

I’ve never been a huge fan of cabbage, but I do love cabbage rolls.  I had some cabbage sitting in the fridge from our CSA at Waratah Downs, and with the rain and cooler weather we had this weekend, I wasn’t in the mood for coleslaw.

I searched for a new recipe and found this amazing stew!  The original recipe refers to it as a soup but I’m calling it a stew because it’s really hearty and can easily be served as a meal.  I’m also still over-run by tomatoes, and had some peppers and onions from from the Westboro Farmer’s Market, so this recipe was perfect.  Most of the ingredients are in season this time of year and can be found at farmer’s markets.  This stew is sweet and sour and delicious, and tastes very much like cabbage rolls.

Adapted from Eating Well

1 tbsp canola oil
1 pound local lean ground beef
1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp thyme
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped peppers
1 medium apple, unpeeled, diced (we used an Ontario Empire apple)
6 cups organic beef broth
4 cups diced plum tomatoes, seeds removed
1 1/2 tbsp local honey
1 tbsp paprika
3-4 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven (a large heavy-bottomed pot) over medium heat. Add beef, caraway seeds and thyme and cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a spoon, until it is mostly browned, about 6 minutes.  Stir in peppers, onions and apple; cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, honey and paprika. Cover and turn heat to high until just boiling. Reduce heat to low and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in cabbage and cook just until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.  Season with vinegar, salt and pepper.

Serves about 6