Winter Vegetable Stew

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Hearty and warming, this is the stew that got me (a Mississippi/California girl who had never seen snow anywhere but on a ski slope) through my winter in the Czech Republic. I imagine a meat eater could fancy it up with the addition of beef chunks, bacon

Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 30-45 min

Difficulty:
Serves: 4

Dietary guidance: v v 

Tags: main · vegetable · winter · stew · potato · dumplings · root · sauerkraut ·

Ingredients

3 Tbsp butter (or good oil if you're vegan)
4 carrots
6 potatoes
2 onions
2 cups sauerkraut
1 package pre-made gnocchi
salt, pepper, and (optional) vegetarian
Worchestershire sauce to taste

(You can also add any other winter veggies you
like--parsnips, beets, rutabega, pumpkin, etc.)

Method

1. Cut all vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over
medium heat. Add the veggies (except for the
sauerkraut) and sautée them until they're lightly
browned, 5-7 minutes.

3. Add a cup or two of water and turn up the heat to
high. Stew the veggies until they're tender, 20-30
minutes. Stir occasionally and add water as
necessary.

4. Return heat to medium. Add sauerkraut, gnocchi,
salt, pepper, and (if you want) Worchestershire sauce.
Stew for 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to come
together.

5. Serve with dark beer, dark bread, and a nice
bright spinach-almond-orange salad. Winter's not so
bad, is it?

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