This nutritious, richly flavored stew with rice, peas and vegetables is easy to make and so tasty, it will be a favorite of the whole family.
- 1 pound roll fresh sausage (found with the breakfast meats)
- ½ onion, chopped
- ½ pound dried green peas
- 1 cup dry brown rice
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 dried bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 fresh sage leaves, minced or ½ teaspoon dried sage
Heavy, deep pot with lid.
Remove plastic covering from sausage roll and discard. Add sausage to a heavy pot, breaking it up with a fork. Fry over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring with the fork or spatula until lightly browned. Add onions and cook until nicely browned, being careful not to burn them. Good stew needs good browning for rich flavor.
Add peas, rice, water, bay leaf, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, stirring, then lower heat to simmer. Cover and cook 45 minutes, or until peas are soft. Adjust water to desired consistency. Serves 4.