Kent's Sicilian Stew Recipe
Even though Kent has had a screaming sore back for a week now (possibly a herniated disc – anyone have advice for him?), he was feeling a little better Saturday and wanted to try a Sicilian Stew that a friend told him about. It’s a use-up-the-veggies-left-in-your-garden kind of stew that goes well with the unseasonably cool August weekend we had here in Michigan. (How sad to be at that point in the summer, we’ve really enjoyed our first garden!) When he told me what he was putting in it I was skeptical – it didn’t sound that great, but it actually turned out very good and we each had a couple helpings. (This was great as a meatless / vegetarian meal, but would be good with beef or chicken, too!) It had a nice blend of fresh summer flavors; it was baked for just the right amount of time so the veggies were not hard or mushy and the flavors of the herbs came through well; the feta cheese on top gave it an extra burst of delicious flavor; AND it only took a few minutes to pull together…
Toss any veggies and herbs that you have on hand into a cast iron pot – which ones and the amounts you use can vary, but I’ll tell you what Kent used:
- Yellow summer squash – 1 medium, in whatever size chunks you’d like
- Zucchini squash – 1 medium, “”
- Green beans – 1 handful
- Red onion – 1 medium, cut into pieces
- Cherry tomatoes – 1 handful sliced in half
- Roma tomatoes – 2, cut into chunks
- Yellow tomatoes – 2, cut into chunks
- Garlic – 4 cloves or so
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
- 1 can tomato sauce
- few glugs olive oil
- crumbled feta cheese for the top (if desired)
- Greek oregano
- Regular oregano
Add can of tomato sauce (we used organic), and a few glugs of olive oil and mix all together with your veggies and herbs.
Bake (covered) for 45 minutes at 300*. Serve with feta cheese crumbled on top, if desired. (I found some delicious tomato-basil feta at the store.)
The kids didn’t go for all those veggies, so we gave them some of the sauce over leftover pasta with parmesan cheese on top and called it spaghetti. This makes a great meal on it's own, or could also be a tasty side dish to go with a nice roasted chicken.
If you try it, come back and let us know what you think!
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