Monday, January 28, 2008

Recipe: Anna's Bigos Recipe

This recipe first appeared on Anna van Schurman's (Mrs. BA's best pal) other blog.
  • 2 lbs sauerkraut
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1/2 lb veal
  • 1/2 lb pork
  • 1/2 lb ham
  • 1 kielbasa - don't know which kind, but next time we're doing it with "hunter's kielbasa"
  • small head of cabbage
  • 3 onions
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • butter
  • dry mushrooms
  • 2 c boiling water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 T caraway seed
  • 1 beer, I used Sam Light since it was the only lager in the fridge (and I wasn't using the Skullsplitter)
  • 3 tomatoes
Bring the sauerkraut (with juice) to a boil. Meanwhile, fry bacon. Throw the bacon in the pot with the sauerkraut once it is browned. In the bacon fat, brown the meats. Add to the pot. Slice the cabbage and add it to the stew. Chop the onions and brown in the butter. Slice the mushrooms and cook with the onions. Throw the cooked onions and mushrooms in the pot. Put a handful of dry mushrooms in the boiling water. Once they are reconstituted, chop the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms and their (strained) liquid to the pot. If the liquid level seems low, add a beer. Add bay leaves and caraway. Chop and add three tomatoes (you can used canned).

Bring it to a boil and simmer for a couple of hours. The stew is purportedly better after a day or so. Boil it every day. I made the stew on Sunday and the dude boiled it on Monday. We didn't get to it on Tuesday, but heated it up (to boiling) well in advance of the party on Wednesday. Everyone raved.

Anna's Notes: The original recipe called for 1/2 c red wine instead of beer. It also suggested a chopped apple to sweeten it (it's a little tart from the sauerkraut). It called for 1/2 lb game (rabbit, venison) which is a little difficult to procure at the last minute. (But my father had both moose and venison in the freezer, if I'd only known!) And it said you could throw in any other cooked meats you might have. Which is why I decided I could play fast and loose with the recipe.


Kim Ayres said...

Not suitable for vegetarians then...

Lana Gramlich said...

I wonder how well this will work with freshly dispatched squirrel (straight from my bird feeders. Mwa ha ha...) We fried up some alligator for dinner the other night. Southerners eat the craziest things. *L*

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try it. I throw sauerkraut into the crockpot with half a can of beer and some pork ribs. I'll have to embellish that recipe.

My African-American co-workers substitute neck bones for ribs. Mmmmmm Soul Food.