I should note right up front in this blog that I LOVE winter storage crops and the food that comes from it. Many people say they don’t and then indicate that they prefer the tomatoes and strawberries of summer. ( To be honest…I like it all!)
I’ve noticed that many people haven’t really spent much time “meeting” winter crops. By winter crops, I mean those yummy hunks of goodness that are harvested late in the year and store well over winter.
Some examples here in western Michigan are:
- Ida Red apples
- Sweet potatoes
Parsnips make potato dishes much more flavorful and interesting. Try some cabbage and chestnuts in your next stew.
If you are lucky enough to still have a farmers market open near you…pay it a visit. You’ll be rewarded with extra nutrition, “stay-with-you” hearty food, and a dimensional flavor that many summer crops don’t give.
Here is one of my favorite winter recipes. It is easy and tasty:
3, 2, 1 Potatoes!
- 3 large baking potatoes, peeled (or not, lots of good nutrition in that peel, wash well though)
- 2 medium Parsnips, peeled (Rutabaga works too)
Chunk them up into 1 1/2 chunks or so and toss them in a pot of hot water. Turn the heat on and bring to a boil. After 10 minutes of boiling, add:
- 1 large clove of garlic. (just peel and toss in)
Boil for another 15 minutes. Drain. If you used a colander to drain (I just use the lid of the pan to keep everything still in the pot and drain over a colander to catch the run-aways and put them back in). While the pan is still hot, add:
- 1/4 cup of cream (milk will do in a pinch, just up the butter a bit)
- 2 TBSP butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 dashes of black pepper.
Mash the potatoes. I use my hand-held electric mixer to mash faster to keep every thing hot and result in a fluffy dish. Ta-Da!
A mix of just about any winter crop using the same 1 strong flavor (onions, garlic…), 2 medium flavor (rutabaga, parnsip, carrots), and 3 mild flavor (pretty much potatoes but I have used cabbage and chestnuts here and it went well) results in a great winter dish. Flavors will vary of course…YAY for variety!!
I’d love to hear about your winter favorite winter crop recipe. Email me at ICan@bygonebasics.com.
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