Farmers Box Ingredients:
- Red Cabbage
- Swiss Chard
Additional Optional Ingredients:
- Spices- (Cinnimon, Za'atar, Paprika)
- Fresh Herbs (any you have available)
- White Beans of your choosing- cannellini, butter, garbanzo, cranberry, weird heirloom ones from Rancho Gordo if you’re fancy (home cooked 8oz or 1-2 cans)
- Vinegar, Lemon, or White Wine
- Butter or EVOO
- in a pre-heated stock probably the biggest you got over medium heat everything will cook down but you need the space to start.
- Start by cutting up a small white onion, garlic, and sauteing these two ingredients. *Bonus points if you add the onion first so it can get a head start so you don’t accidentally burn the garlic.
- Add salt, pepper, maybe a little cinnamon, za’atar and/or Paprika (choose your own adventure.) This is going to be a stew so any herbs you have like oregano, rosemary, why not go for it if you got it.
- Add the chopped carrots and rutabaga roughly the same size and allow them to get some contact with the pan before adding the rest of the things so the can get color and a head start since they’re more dense.
- Now you can add the chard stems and cabbage. Again making sure they get a little dry contact before adding any liquid. Since we likely have some burned bits at the bottom, we can deglaze with an acid (white wine, lemon juice, diluted vinegar) and a good amount of fat. You don’t need much total liquid at this point but enough to make sure the entire bottom of your pot is covered so you can scrape up the charred bits.
- Now you can add your stock of choice *or bean cooking liquid if you made your own beans for this. until everything is submerged plus a couple inches for assurance.
- Don’t be afraid to add more stock if things are looking dry before everything is cooked.
- Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, cover part way and allow this to cook down until everything is super soft. (20-30 minutes)
- Now you can add the Chard Leaves, torn or sliced to desired size and your white beans.
- Taste for seasoning since it’ll likely need more salt because of the beans. Finish with a nice vinegar or lemon, a few glugs of olive oil or a few tablespoons of butter or rendered fat, more za’atar or chili flakes if that’s your game.
- You could add farro to the cooking of this. You can also add Couscous or orzo to the side!
- a seared chicken thigh or pork chop with similar seasoning would be good.
- You could even braise beef in this. *You would have to braise the beef before adding the other major veggies just to allow the beef to break down.
- You could even add smoked sausage!
- For how specific these ingredients are, It’s really a blank canvas.