Weekly Food: Mock Duck Stew and Snobby Joes

We are eating Sara’s favorite meal this week — mock duck stew! For those of you who don’t live in an area abounding with mock duck (aka Minneapolis), basically it’s some flavored wheat gluten, so you could probably make this with seitan.

Recipe 1: Mock Duck Stew

Mock Duck Stew
(serve over egg noodles)

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
6 shallots sliced thinly (in rings)
salt
4 garlic cloves minced
3 med yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
4 carrots sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
2 10oz cans mock duck, chopped into 1-inch pieces, liquid reserved
1/2 – 3/4 C red cooking wine
3 C vegetable broth

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
2. Add onions and shallots and saute until they turn translucent & then begin to caramelize a little (add wine as needed to deglaze the pan)
3. Sprinkle on some salt and add the garlic. Saute 1-2 minutes more
4. Add potatoes and carrots and saute for 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with a little more salt.
5. Add mock duck and its liquid, remainder of the wine, vegetable broth, and a little more salt (feel free to add a little more broth or water if it doesn’t quite cover the vegetables).
6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes and carrots are tender (about 20-30 minutes).
7. Cook some egg noodles while the stew is simmering, and then serve stew over noodles.

A note about salt: My friend Kate who is a fantastic chef taught me to salt at every level to enhance the flavor. Basically, I add a little salt every time I add an ingredient (or group of ingredients). I don’t tend to measure the salt, but it works.

Recipe 2: Snobby Joes

The other thing we’re eating this week are some snobby joes which I found the recipe for in Veganomicon, but you can find it over at the ppk. These don’t hold a candle to mock duck stew, but they’re pretty good. Imagine your childhood sloppy joes, but substitute lentils for meat — it’s a different mouth feel, but a similar taste. Three notes: (1.) Use half the amount of chili powder. (2.) Doubling the recipe results in a LOT of food. Only do this if you’re planning to share. (3.) I left out the tomato paste & didn’t miss it.

Time: 1.5 hours

Soundtrack: Sara’s painting playlist

p.s. Hey, according to the New York Times, keeping your camera in the kitchen is all the rage now. I have a trendy neurosis!

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