Friday, December 21, 2012

hearty harvest and ham stew









I really enjoyed this soup.  It was super simple to prepare and since yesterday was such a rush-from-one-event-to-another-day I put it in the crock pot on low to keep it warm until dinner time.  We enjoyed it with slices of buttered toasted sourdough bread, something my kids recently can't get enough of.

hearty harvest and ham stew (adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ham steak, cubed (I used black forest ham from Costco)
2 cups coleslaw mix or 1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
3 cups water
5 fingerling potatoes, sliced
3 carrots, chopped
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
black pepper to taste
3 cups firmly packed spinach

Warm olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Stir in onions and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and ham; cook for another 2 minutes.  Stir in the cabbage and water.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery seed, paprika and pepper.  Cover and simmer 10 to 12 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium low, stir in the greens, adjust seasonings and cook for 10 minutes.  Serve with bread.

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