This delicious stew is made quickly, is quite inexpensive and full of healthy veggies. It is comforting, savory, and you might have most of the ingredients in your fridge already. Doesn't get much better!
An original dish by Terry Brandau, Cookin’ With A Terry Twist
- 14 oz. SKINLESS, Polish Kielbasa, Smoked Sausage (Beef, Pork or Turkey), cut into one inch pieces. Choose any kind of sausage that you prefer to eat, there are numerous types these days - chicken sausage etc
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut in one inch pieces
- 2 stalks celery, cut into one inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
- 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered, or chopped if you prefer, or one tsp. of garlic powder
- 1 green, red, yellow or orange pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 - 2 cups shredded cabbage (shortcut tip: buy shredded cabbage in the produce aisle)
- 6- 12 oz. domestic regular or light beer (use whatever you have), it doesn’t even matter that you don’t like it! Pour beer into glass measuring cup and allow to go flat.
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
- ⅛ tsp. black pepper, more or less to taste
- Optional: 2 T. butter to add more yumminess
- Spray 3 quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.
- Put carrots, celery, onions and cabbage (if using), on bottom of casserole.
- Microwave on high for 7 minutes until they are cooked halfway through, stir.
- Stir in potatoes, garlic, green or colored bell pepper, beer, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary.
- Top with 2 T. butter, if using.
- Microwave on high for 8 minutes, stir.
- While the veggies are cooking in the microwave, sauté kielbasa in 12 inch skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides.
- Stir veggies one more time and top veggies with browned kielbasa/smoked sausage.
- Microwave for another 4 minutes, until vegetables are fork tender.
- Remove kielbasa from top of casserole, check again to see if veggies are cooked to YOUR desired doneness and check to see if you would like more salt or pepper. If there is one thing I have learned over the years is that no two people like their vegetables cooked to the same doneness!! So you will need to check the veggies with a fork from time to time.
- That’s it, you have made a simple, satisfying, delicious stew!
- Serve with bread to sop up the wonderful broth! Or “smash” the potatoes with your fork and put some broth on them; yummy!
Twisty Tip: I never buy the smoked sausage unless it is on sale! You can also use up the veggies you like and that you have on hand, but keep in mind different veggies take less or longer to cook, so add them into the stew accordingly. In my family we all fight over the pieces of garlic, it is amazingly sweet and flavorful! You can omit any vegetables you don’t have or you don’t like. You can also alter the spices to reflect what you have on hand and/or like/dislike. Other spice suggestions - dried sage, oregano, basil, or “Italian seasoning blend."
Suggested adult beverage accompaniment - your favorite beer of course!