Saturday, September 4, 2010

Garden to Table Challenge - Week Three

I've started a new "diet" or sorts - just temporarily, to try to clear up a few health issues. Anyway, it's a diet that includes not eating any dairy, wheat or refined carbs, or sugar. It's not the most fun I've ever had on a diet, I promise.

But, it's forced me to be creative in trying to concoct meals I actually want to eat, while also using up goods from the garden and working in the last of the elk in the freezer.

My recipe this week includes leeks, carrots, parsley, and kale from the garden, as well as some homemade elk breakfast sausage. This is the first year I've grown leeks, and the first year I've ever cooked with them, so I'm adding them to just about everything I possibly can. Because I planted seventy of them, not really thinking about the fact that I didn't even know how to use them.

Sausage Barley Soup

1 lb bulk sausage (if you don't happen to have elk sausage on hand, any will do. I can see this being pretty tasty with some Italian sausage too.)
4 cups beef stock
2 medium-sized leeks, sliced thin, greens discarded
2/3 cup coarsely grated carrots
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup rolled barley

Cook the sausage till brown throughout. Add leeks and carrots, cook 2-3 minutes till softened a bit. Add stock, parsley, and barley. Simmer 15 minutes, then add the chopped kale. Continue cooking another 10-15 minutes, until barley is soft.

Love soups that are super easy and fast like this. And it's really, really good reheated.

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Stevie from said...

I'll definitely try this recipe as I can get elk sausage and my bucther. Thanks!

Wendy said...

wow - i'm still stuck on the elk breakfast sausage. You made that too?!

Do you have any pepperoni left from that first batch you made? That stuff was beautiful.

Julie said...

Wendy - LOL :-) and Thanks! When you have 350+ pounds of meat to use up in a year, you start looking for every possible way to use it. The sausage was easy - once we'd ground the meat, we added in some fat, then added lots of spices and mixed like crazy. The result is bulk breakfast sausage, I think we made about 30 pounds of it. We did another 20 of Italian sausage but it turned out super spicy and the girls don't care for it.
Nope, no pepperoni left - we all loved it so much we just ate it as snack sticks. If he gets another elk this year, I'll have to make about five times as much of that.