Sunday, November 1, 2009

Samhain Stew

Sometimes recipes are so tasty that you feel inclined to save them for special occasions ... perhaps to only make them once a year so you'll savor every delicious bite when the time finally rolls around to make the dish again.

That's the case with this Smoky South American Seitan Stew from Grub: Ideas for the Urban Organic Kitchen:

I only make this stew once a year — around Samhain-time (a.k.a. Halloween). Traditionally, Samhain is the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead are the thinnest. So I make this stew and eat it while I think about my dead friends and family. Sounds morbid, I guess. But I feel like it's a fitting way for a foodie to honor their memories.

The tomato and chipotle pepper based stew is loaded with chunks of tender seitan, cubed potatoes, and fried plantains. The recipe comes from Memphis native and vegan soul chef Bryant Terry's first cookbook, Grub. Though the front half of Grub is mostly text about the importance of eating organically, the back half of the book contains seasonal and themed vegetarian (mostly vegan) dinner party menus. This stew is listed in one of the menus for fall.

Though I only make it once a year, I make a huge pot. So I've got a few bowls leftover. I'll be enjoying a bowl tomorrow for lunch with a hearty slice of whole wheat beer bread.

15 comments:

Devan Geselle. N said...

oh wow! I will have to try this recipe!!

jessy said...

i love that you save the smoky south american seitan stew for once a year, Bianca - it makes it all that more awesome! the stew looks amazing, and i had forgotten how darn good it sounds, too. i still need to check out grub. i love a cookbook that emphasizes organics, & themed dinner party menus sound really freak'n cool & fun. yay!

VeggieGirl said...

So comforting!

Mihl said...

How funny! This looks very similar to a pumpkin seitan stwe I made a couple of days ago (going to post about it soon). Sounds very delicious!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I love how hearty and rich this looks, what a delicious meal. Your tradition is beautiful, what a special way to honor your friends and family that have already passed on.

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

This looks delicious and hearty. I love using seitan in stews!

Gina said...

I love traditions like that, and this certainly sounds like a delicious one!

Mary said...

Those ingredients sound wonderful together. I'd have a hard time limiting myself to once a year!

Debra said...

This looks delish!

The Tofu Lush said...

I'm going to have to get myself a copy of "Grub" for this recipe alone! My mouth is literally watering at this moment!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Plantains, potatoes, and seitan, OH MY! I can't wait to try this!

dreaminitvegan said...

Interesting stew, I've never heard of it. How fitting it is to make this at this time of year.

Cyn said...

Oooh, I love a giant pot of stew. That looks super yummy.

Jody(Vegchic) said...

Hey Bianca!

This is one cookbook I don't have, but that sounds like an awesome mix of flavors.

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