Culinary Creativity Strikes Again
I shared at the beginning of the year that I tend to hoard food in my pantry and the freezer. Back in January, I had several containers and packages of "mystery meals" that I was able to get through, as I was cooking often as RGD was staying with me after his heart surgery.
I actually got a good handle on the situation, knowing everything that was in the freezer, and able to see what was in there. But after he was able to fend for himself and went back home, I found myself eating out more often, even though I was buying more to restock a half-filled freezer.
Tonight, I decided to throw something in a pot. It is one of my favorite styles of cooking. Even though some might think this more of a winter meal, it suited me just fine. I have enough to put in a container to share, as well as have some leftovers for myself. I do not mind eating this more than once.
I started with a half package of chopped onions and a package of shredded cabbage I bought the other day, and sauteed it in a bit of olive oil. As it was cooking, I thought about cabbage rolls, though I did not have the ingredients for them, nor did I want to spend the time making them.
I rummaged through my cabinets for the jar of sauerkraut, and a can of diced tomatoes, and added them to the pot, as I would make my cabbage rolls. Black pepper, a tablespoon of raw turbinado sugar, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and two bay leaves were stirred into the pot.
I was missing the smoky scent of bacon I usually have, and I remembered a small Black Forest ham I had in the freezer. I put it in the pot and cooked it in the sauerkraut mixture until it was thawed and I could cut it into chunks, and continue cooking it in the pot.
It is not cabbage rolls. It is not a summer-style soup. But it sure is delicious! I am looking forward to having it in a day or two, when the flavors will be more concentrated. I think I will boil some potatoes tomorrow to serve on the side.
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