Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sourdough: My Latest Obsession

Lately I have been obsessed with learning to use this:

It's sourdough starter. It's amazingly simple to make and maintain. What you can make with it stretches far beyond bread. How about sourdough pancakes?
Or maybe what we had for dinner tonight:
Hamburger Vegetable Stew topped with Sourdough Biscuits. You can find the biscuit recipe I used HERE. Here's my recipe for stew. This will feed my family for two or three days, depending on how many kids are having growth spurts.

1 pound ground chuck (it's what was on sale dirt cheap)
1/2 cup each frozen Corn, green beans, Peas & Carrots
1 medium onion chopped
2 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. beef bullion
eight cups of water
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne powder to taste

Brown the ground chuck and rinse. Put everything else in a pot and cook until the liquid has reduced by about 1/3. If you want it thicker, make a slurry with either flour or cornstarch.

That's it. Really simple.

What I did for the biscuits and stew is just put the leftover stew in a baking dish, top it with the biscuits and baked it. It will take a little longer to bake the biscuits than it would normally, and I also recommend heating the stew a bit before putting the biscuits on top. Otherwise the bottoms of the biscuits may not get done.

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