Ok, so, how is a body supposed to acclimate to winter temps when it’s been so mild up until now?? I man, it was a whopping 75 degrees on Christmas Eve day here for cryin’ out loud.
And we should be!
So I’ve been on a bit of a soup ‘n stew kick lately, as that’s the go-to choice when the cold actually hurts, and my fingertips are too cold to type!
I swear, I’d rather be sweating!!
I now see why “old people” flock to warmer climates. I know where I’ll be headed. 😉
So anyways, it was another day of freezing temps, and we really NEEDED something hot to keep us from turning into popsicles! So out came the BIG stock pot.
I hadn’t made cabbage rolls in forever, and I thought it would be fun to serve them deconstructed in a nice, rich, hearty stew form! I almost thawed some hamburger, but the Johnsonville Italian sausage was right on top, and my fingers were burning from holding frozen-solid packages of meat!
I’m SO GLAD that I went with sausage! I don’t know that the stew would’ve been nearly as good if I had used a package of lame ol’ hamburger!
I sauteed the sausage in a frying pan, but was amazed at how there was NO GREASE left in the pan after frying! So next time, I’m going to just do the whole thing in ONE pot. So go right ahead and do it that way, you’ll be very surprised, too!
(*Note that I used Johnsonville’s Mild Italian sausage, though,
as other brands may contain a lot of fat).
This “stoup” absolutely rocked! I added all of the traditional ingredients classic stuffed cabbage rolls have in them, plus a little bit more! 😉
But, I thought the whole stew for lunch thing was “missing something”. It looked lonely, and kind of…well…naked.
So, since I LOVE to dunk, I thought that some cheesy-bread “dunkers” were definitely in need. 😉
And who would I be if I didn’t sneak in some cheese somewhere?? 😉
So I loaded up some Texas bread slices and popped them under the broiler!
*I actually cut the bread into 3 pieces that were perfect “sticks” for dunking! Only two would fit in the bowl, though….so I dunked the third one into the pot….for sustenance….while taking all these photos. Ya know. 😉
I didn’t think that my hubby was going to like this, so I had plans of making him a big ol’ pot of ham ‘n bean soup!
Boy was I wrong!!
That pot of beans would be made at a later date….he LOVED this!!
Miracles never cease! 😉
So if winter is chilling you and your family to the bone, too, this is a very welcoming stew that everyone will be sure to enjoy!! Even the kiddos won’t notice the veggies when you make the cheesy dunkers to go along with! Who doesn’t like warm melty cheese sticks to dip into their soup? 😉
I hope you all enjoy!! And stay warm!!