Picture by Sarina Petrocelly
You do not have to be a vegetarian to fall in love with this savory stew.
“Legim” (pronounced lay-geem) is the Haitian Creole phrase for vegetable. The mountain terraced farms of Haiti produce some wonderful carrots, cabbages, and onions, fundamental elements for any good stew. Begin off with a cornucopia filled with backyard goodness and simmer it down for this wealthy, hearty, wholesome meal.
Elements (serves 6)
- 1 T. olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 massive eggplant, peeled and cubed
- 2 zucchini, cubed
- 1 candy onion, peeled and diced
- 5 massive carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 massive leek, chopped
- 1/2 of a small head of cabbage, cored and chopped
- 2 peppers (I used one poblano and one longhorn), seeded and chopped
- 1 habanero pepper or a Scotch bonnet pepper
- pinch of floor cloves or 2 complete cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 cups vegetable inventory or bouillon cubes and water
- 2 T. tomato paste
- 1 T. snipped parsley or cilantro
- salt and pepper to style
Washing, peeling, and chopping will take up the majority of your prep time. Attempt to hold every little thing about the identical measurement in order that it cooks evenly.
In a big Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium warmth, sautée the crushed garlic in olive oil. When it’s aromatic, add the remainder of the greens and stir repeatedly as they begin to shrink and break down. Add the entire habanero pepper (watch out to not break it), the bottom cloves, bay leaves, and garlic powder. Stir gently to mix and pour within the vegetable inventory. Flip the warmth all the way down to low and simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours.
Test on the pot each half-hour, stirring and seasoning flippantly with salt and pepper. Add water as wanted; you need it to be a thick stew, nevertheless it must be moist sufficient to forestall burning on the underside.
Control the habanero! If you need your stew spicy, squash it flippantly with the blending spoon, simply sufficient to crack it and launch a few of its oil. You possibly can pull it out as soon as it is reached your required degree of warmth, so attempt to hold it on prime of the simmering stew.
After two hours, squash every little thing down with a potato masher, add the tomato paste, snipped herbs, and simmer for a further quarter-hour. Modify your seasoning and serve over rice.
It is laborious to imagine that so many greens boil all the way down to so little stew, nevertheless it actually does. What offers it the trademark Haitian taste is the habanero and the contact of cloves. You will not imagine how candy and engaging the veggies find yourself after such an extended simmer.
Historically, legim can even be made with beef or rooster, browned and simmered first to create a wealthy inventory earlier than including the greens. Due to its lengthy cooking time, this can be a nice dish to freeze for a fast microwaveable meal. One factor’s for certain—it is a tasty technique to get in all kinds of yummy veggies and ward off the chilly.
**The pictures on this article are by Sarina Petrocelly.
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