Tuesday, October 7, 2008

VeganMoFo: Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Green Zebra Tomato Stew with Polenta


This colorful stew features the green zebra tomatoes I mentioned yesterday that just wouldn't ripen. Cute little suckers, but contrary too. So in they went with black beans, poblanos, sweet potatoes, and red bell pepper for a stew served over polenta slices. The orange juice and vegetable broth create a flavorful sauce. Then we seasoned it with Happy Dogs hot sauce, and wow, did the flavors pop! The Happy Dogs added a zip of vinegar and heat, and accentuated the sweet flavor of the broth.


Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Green Zebra Tomato Stew with Polenta

Adapted from Epicurious

2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to pan fry polenta slices
2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups orange juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 poblanos, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped green zebra tomatoes (seeds and veins discarded)
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 tube prepared polenta, sliced into 1/2-inch wide circles
hot sauce to season

Saute onion in olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until soft, around 8 minutes. Add ginger, cumin, chili powder and saute about 2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes, orange juice, and garlic. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 10 minutes. Add beans, poblanos, bell pepper, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for about 10 more minutes, or until the broth thickens and vegetables are tender. Add cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm while you prepare the polenta.

Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute polenta slices for about 3 minutes on each side. Serve the stew atop polenta slices, seasoned with hot sauce.

24 comments:

  1. I can spot the tomatoes!
    The stew is beautiful and to serve it with polenta is a great idea!

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  2. I knew you would make something fantastic with those tomatoes! Another super professional, restaurant quality dish!

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  3. stew, stew, i love stew.....
    i can't seem to get enough lately....

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  4. That polenta looks amazing! And what a clever way to use those tomatoes. I bet it was delicious!

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  5. Yum! That looks so great! What an awesome way to use those tomatoes.

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  6. Looks like a delicious fall meal! The sauce sounds really good! I haven't heard of Happy Dogs hot sauce, I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  7. Not only is that stew gorgeous, but it is loaded down with some of my favorite ingredients. Yummy! I love that you served it over polenta - a nice alternative to something heavier like corn bread.

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  8. I love black beans and sweet potatoes together!:) Beautiful presentation!

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  9. Excellent! I'm glad you found a tasty way to tame those stubborn tomatoes!

    Great looking stew!

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  10. I saw the pic and thought it was a restaurant review! Amazing dish, amazing presentation.

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  11. Wow this looks so beautiful! Like a five star resturant dish. Great Job!

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  12. Thank you all for the encouraging comments! You guys rock for keeping up with VeganMoFo posting AND commenting!

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  13. Oh wow! What a great use for green zebras. I had some last year and just ended up frying them because they had that green tomato taste.

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  14. Contrary tomatoes make GREAT stew.....as evidenced by your wicked presentation. Wow! Beautiful.

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  15. oh my gosh, Lisa - what a gorgeous dish! and could the combination of yummies be any more awesome?! i think not! mmmmmmmmmmm! way to put those green zebras to use - and your presentation is perfect! i love it all!

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  16. You are so talented! What a beautiful photo (and meal)!

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  17. Thanks so much y'all! You're too kind.

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  18. This really looks good. I have never used the polenta tube. I have also not fourn zebra tomatoes in my neck of the woods. Yum!

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  19. Thanks for posting this! I've been looking for recipes to use polenta with! I can't wait to try it!

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  20. This looks amazing, Lisa! :) I featured your photo and a link to this post on my Animal Rights blog at Change.org. That OK?

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  21. Stephanie, thank you! I'm going to check out your blog!

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