Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mammoth Meat Soup

No, I did not buy an extinct Woolly Mammoth on e-bay and make a soup out of it. But this soup DOES have a crap-ton of meat in it. Probably enough to feed an Ethiopian village for months, so I somewhat felt bad... but in the end... the soup was good, so I didn't feel AS bad as I should have. But I've been told I don't have a soul before, so, I suppose it's natural.

Speaking of natural things... today was the first day that I noticed my garden sprouting vegetables. These "baby" green beans are so cute! Aren't they?

They definitely put a smile on my face... and I definitely needed that because for some reason, I was just having a bad day. I don't know if I'm stressed, over-worked, or just tired. I don't know what I'm stressed or tired about, but it was just one of those days, you know?

My little baby basil's are growing up nicely...

My red chiles, which I think are little overcrowded... okay... a lot overcrowded (I really didn't think they would grow, I just used some leftover seeds from a recipe...)

My cherry tomatoes (which I thought were practically dead up until a few weeks ago...)

Oregano from last year's planting... (which never grew last year, but is seeming to flourish this year)

Corn... which I was sure was not going to grow at all (this is when I had my squirrel problem)... and I'm not sure if it's going to pollinate because the squirrels kind of messed up my rows

And my lettuce, which I'm mucho excited about...

And I guess now you guys want a recipe right? Alright... I'll get on with it.

Adapted from Bon Appetit's May 2010 issue - "Galician Pork & Vegetable Stew"

1 & 1/2 cups dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 small rack baby back ribs (cut into 2 or 3 rib sections)
1 lb. diced ham
1 lb. smoked ham shank
1 lb. chorizo sausage, sliced
1 lb. skirt steak, sliced thinly
8 oz. pancetta, chopped
8 cups water
8 cups chicken stock
1 leek, (white and pale green parts only), chopped
5 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 bunch kale, center ribs removed, and chopped

Soak the garbanzo beans in enough water to cover it by about 2 inches. Soak overnight and drain.

In a large stockpot, add ribs, ham, hamshank, chorizo, skirt steak, and pancetta. Add the water and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and add garbanzo beans and leeks. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour or so. Add the potatoes and kale and simmer for another 45 minutes.

Serve in large bowls and dig in!

This made A LOT of soup. You could definitely cut down on the ingredients or omit things. It was definitely hearty, very rustic. It reminded me of a gourmet version of my dad's "Hobo Stew". (Which turns out... after looking up the actual recipe for Hobo Stew, isn't technically Hobo Stew because he uses none of those actual ingredients... but, I won't tell him that).

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  1. Way to go on your garden! I love seeing those sprouting beauties, and I think you have what it takes for the Food Blog challenge!

  2. I'm very jealous of your garden. It's so hot here that everything is wilted away. At least the soup has some green in it! We've been eating so many veg around here my family would fight each other for some of this soup. It sounds delicious!

  3. This looks like great comfort food :-)

  4. oh trust me, it was! maybe more of a winter thing, but for some reason i just love making soup in the summer!