The cold weather has hit with a vengeance, hasn’t it? Makes you want to hunker down in front of a crackling fire with a steaming bowl of something filling and delicious. Like this Autumn Harvest Stew.☺
If you don’t have a fireplace, put an electric heater at your feet, wrap yourself in a blanket. And find a cheerful fire simulation video for your computer monitor. Click HD and Full Screen on this video and sit back for a spell. Save it to a dvd and watch it on TV if you have to. 🙂
I found this one that rolls for 2 hours. But there are many more out there of varying lengths and styles. Now with the Youtube channel on Roku, Firestick, et al, it’s easier than ever to put a cozy fire on your screen. 🔥
Autumn Harvest Stew
As for the delicious something, this Autumn Harvest Stew hits the spot. A few pungent herbs, root vegetables, and smoked sausage lend great flavor to this dish. Add a slice or two of some crusty buttered bread and you’ll not give a fig about how cold it is outside. This is sure to make you sigh with contentment. 😊
Here’s a Crock Pot version.
Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness
- 2 lbs. smoked sausage, cut into disks
- 4-5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 large rutabaga (or 2-3 turnips), peeled and cubed
- 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 4 large stalks celery, sliced
- 1 small head of cabbage, cut into small chunks
- 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- 1 tsp. sage
- 1 cup water
- Set oven to 350°F. Put water in a large roasting pan.
- Layer the vegetables in this order: carrots, rutabaga, celery, potatoes, and cabbage, sprinkling a little of the herbs and seasonings over each layer.
- Spread the sliced smoked sausage over the cabbage and finish with the can of tomatoes, including the liquid. Sprinkle a little more of the seasonings over all.
- Cover and bake for 2-3 hours, until root vegetables are fork-tender. Stir entire contents to distribute the meat and vegetables evenly.
- Serve with a crusty bread, if desired.
Crock Pot version - https://www.culinarycraftiness.com/crock-pot-autumn-harvest-stew/