So, this week, French Fridays with Dorie sent us down the path of "Garbure" making.
My first reaction was "what the what?"
Going into this, I had no clue what a "garbure" was, but Wikipedia told me that it is a thick French soup or stew with ham and cabbage or other vegetables.
Okay then, garbure it is.
Until I started reading the ingredient list and realized that this is really a "cleaning out the vegetable bin" soup.
Leeks, shallots, garlic? Check, check, check.
Celery & carrots? You betcha - they were all hiding out in the bin.
A couple of turnips and some potatoes? It's in there...
A partial head of cabbage? Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner.
A can of beans in the pantry! Not totally following the directions, but it worked!
Ham hock in the freezer? Surprisingly, yes. (For some reason, I had it in my head that this recipe was going to need ham hocks, so I had stashed a few in the freezer. Yes, I am crazy like that...)
Now, lest anyone think that I followed the directions (I can't have anyone thinking that), there was some trickery cookery going on. After reading the P's & Q's, I decided that I didn't want to end up with mushy vegetables. So, instead of cooking the vegetables forever and ever in the stock, I cooked the ham hock separately in a pot of water to form a stock/ broth and then sautéed the vegetables(except for the cabbage) in my soup pot. Once they had been sautéed, I added the stock/ broth to the pot with the vegetables and simmered the sausage (I used a smoked Cajun sausage, because that was what in my freezer), cabbage and beans until cooked through.
Eighty seven vegetables and one empty refrigerator bin later, soup was on and I came to the realization that I had just made a very large quantity of sausage and cabbage soup. Not an ideal situation in my world, but one does what one must do, right?
At the end of the day, the soup went over better with the male soup eaters than the female soup eaters (I have a feeling that the spicy sausage contributed to that outcome) and the amount of leftovers sitting in the refrigerator is far less than I thought it would be. That's a win, right???
Peace out. XOXO
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. A link to every one's posted Garbure results can be found here.