Thursday, November 14, 2013
Balkan Potato, Paprika and Green Bean Stew
This recipe brings many memories of my childhood...stews with lots of paprika simmering on the stove, sometimes with lamb, sometimes with pork....but always with paprika and rice or potatoes. This stew stands alone but feel free to ladle it over braised lamb or pork for a more substantial meal.
Makes about 4 servings
2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 large leek (white and pale green part only), diced
8 large cloves garlic, halved
2 Tbl sweet Hungarian paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
One 14.5 ounce can plum tomatoes crushed a bit with your clean hands
2 cups chicken broth
3/4 pound of fresh young green beans, trimmed and halved
5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
1 Tbl minced fresh dill plus more for garnish
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot, add the diced leek and saute until softened. Add the garlic halves, salt, pepper and paprika and continue to saute for a minute more.
Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth and green beans, bring up to a boil and then down to a slow simmer and simmer, partially covered for about 30 minutes until the green beans are soft. Give everything a stir a couple of times while simmering.
Add the potatoes, bring back up to a simmer and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Off the heat, stir in the tablespoon of dill. Serve in bowls, garnish with a few dill sprigs.