Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What Rhymes With Slumgullion?

Warning - the following recipe is most likely not low in fat or calories. It's lower in fat than the traditional slumgullion (that's Irish Gaelic for "watery meat stew"), but I think it packs a wallop of flavor that the old "dump and eat" casserole provides. Since it's been chillier here this week, I needed something with some staying power. I remembered having slumgullion, which is a tomato-based casserole, when I was a kid. But I'm tired of tomatoes, so I decided to create a savory version.

Gourmet Veggie Slumgullion
1 12-oz. package of Smart Ground veggie crumbles
1 8-oz. package Monterey Jack shredded cheese (or your favorite vegan cheese)
1 small red pepper, chopped fine
1 head broccoli, chopped small
1/2 to 2/3 cup merlot
1 cup vegetable broth
1 sprig fresh tarragon
12 oz. egg noodles (or eggless if you're going vegan)
2 slices bread, buttered on both sides and cut into cubes
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In skillet fry pepper and broccoli in a little oil for about 3 minutes. Add wine and cook two more minutes, until veggies are soft but not limp. Add broth, cheese, veggie crumbles, salt and pepper to taste, and tarragon and simmer a few more minutes.

Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a separate pot. Cook egg noodles per package directions. Drain and set aside.

In a 2-quart casserole dish, layer noodles, then mixture, etc. End with noodles. On top, place buttered bread cubes. Bake 30 minute until the bread crumbs are browned on top.

This makes a thicker stew than the typical slumgullion, so no need for serving over anything.


Poetic Shutterbug said...

Ooh, that sounds scrumptious. And, anything which contains merlot is a treat for me.

Lori said...

Glad you like it, PS! It really is savory, which for vegetarians is the goal. In my opinion, replacing meat requires a mixture of textures and flavors.

Georganna Hancock M.S. said...

Wow! Where did you grow up? In my little SW corner of Ohio, slumgullion was basically Cincinnati Three-Way Chili with macaroni. No cheese!

Three-Way? Tomatoes, kidney beans mashed a bit with liquid, sauteed ground beef and onions, secret spices and herbs, all cooked down thick and used as a soup, spaghetti sauce, or for chili dogs. Yum!

Now, did you kids get the epizootic or the creeping crud?

P.S. Bum mullion rhymes with slumgullion.

Lori said...

We got more than the epizootic - we got the phantods on top of it! ;)

Lori said...

And that would be western PA, GH. :)