aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Fiendishly good? Fiendishly something, anyway

I made a Cajun Pumpkin Stew of my own devising this evening. It was okay. Too much pepper (that's fixable); also needed a little something to pull it all together. But overall, not a bad beginning. I'll have to make it again to improve it.

My list of ingredients included butter, olive oil, garlic, leeks, celery, bell pepper, salt, parsnips, rutabaga, black peppercorns (way too much -- probably need to go for freshly ground pepper, anyway), red pepper flake (not enough), Welsh ESB (probably need more), lump crabmeat, andouille sausage, mushrooms (possibly irrelevant), chicken stock (probably irrelevant -- beer or water would do as well), fresh parsley (a real winner), cream, crispy bacon bits.

Also, I cooked the stew inside a pumpkin shell seasoned with allspice, which retarded the whole cooking a bit. Probably should have just chunked some fresh pumpkin and thrown it in the stew -- perhaps replacing some of the rutabaga, if space in the pot is an issue. May have to try to find another spice or two -- bay leaves, for sure, don't know what else.

Anyway, I'm going to make it again, and if I get it juussst right, I'll be posting the final recipe here for the applause of the galleries.
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