Simple Tasty Potato Stew

We’ve probably all done it, gazed into the fridge just to see pretty boring stuff looking back at us. Slightly relaxed vegetables, potatoes growing roots, wrinkled peppers and those chilies you bought in a multi bag.

The solution is simple. Chop it all up and prepare a very tasty stew.

Ingredients – 

  • Potatoes – Sweet, white, new, whatever you have. Mix it up. Chop the spuds into Oxo Cube sized pieces. What on Earth is an Oxo Cube? It’s a stock cube measuring about 1cm. What’s a cm?…a bit of an inch
  • Pepper – Red, yellow, orange, green, whatever you have. 1 or 2 chopped up, de-seeded. This will provide a nice subtle sweetness
  • Got a carrot? Chop that up however you want, leave the skin on, it’s sweet and nutritious
  • Small white onion or a couple of shallots – opt for the onion…much easier to grapple with. Chopped/sliced
  • Cavolo Nero (black kale) or any other sort of green. Cut up however you like.
  • Sun dried tomatoes – I love them so I put in about 15. Chop em up
  • 1 chili, any colour. Chopped. How hot you want it depends on the numbers/type of chili
  • Garlic – 1 clove, chopped/minced
  • Pinch of each – dried basil, thyme, salt (optional), ground black pepper
  • A splash of that open Sauvignon Blanc your mate brought round for the last party you had. A couple of tablespoons
  • 1tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Coriander (Cilantro) leaves for the final touches

Optional – 

  • Capers, about 1 and a half tsp. Black olives if you’re that way inclined.
  • Chives if you have some growing in the garden. Chop, and sprinkle at the end.

Potato Stew

Step 1 – Saute the vegetables in oil or whatever you use to cook – potatoes, peppers, onion, greens, coriander stalks if you wish and then garlic for a few minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Careful not to let it stick.

Step 2 – Add the tomatoes and any optional ingredients. Cook for a few minutes.

Step 3 – Deglaze the pan with the wine and balsamic vinegar, scrape the bottom of the pan to get that lovely goodness mixed in.

Step 4 – Add the herbs, salt and pepper and add boiling water. Don’t go mad but make sure most of the ingredients are covered. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked.

Step 5 – Dish it up and add the coriander. Eat with a spoon.

This dish is more filling than you may realise, but if you are extra hungry go ahead and dip some bread into it.

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