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FAMILY RECIPE: MENESTRA / VEGGIE STEW (vegan option)

PHOTOS by Dolores & Itoitz

 

GRANDMA: Dolores.
Who taught you how to cook? Carmen, my mother.
GRANDDAUGHTER: Itoitz.
What is your favourite homemade food? Callos – Nafarroa style stew (beef tripe, chistorra, ham, tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil).
LOCATION (Google maps): Tudela, Navarra – Spain

 


  • INGREDIENTS 

Asparagus
Artichokes
Green beans
Green peas

*Notes by Itoitz: We always use fresh vegetables from our garden but we can enjoy this healthy and tasty dish whenever we want to using frozen vegetables
Olive oil
Wheat Flour
2 Eggs
Ham
*Notes by Itoitz: We can do it completely vegetarian / vegan adding some nuts instead of the ham cubes.

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  • RECIPE STEP BY STEP

1. Cook all the vegetables (Asparagus, Artichokes, Green beans and Green peas) separately.
2. Keep the boiled water for the end.
3. Cook 2 eggs.
4. Add 1 flour teaspoon to a pan already warm with olive oil.
5. Saute the ham cubes in the pan during aprox. 3 minutes.
6. Pour olive oil in a big anti-adherent pot.
7. Add the boiled artichokes (cut in two pieces), the green peas , the green beans and some olive oil from the pan into the pot and some ham cubes too.
8. Add asparagus (not their head that we put at the end).

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9. Add the rest of the ham cubes, asparagus’ heads and the boiled water we kept at the beginning.
10. Finish cutting the boiled eggs to decorate our vegetable salad.

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*Notes by Itoitz: We can decorate menestra in many ways, traditionally at home we make this figure with the asparagus. You can always be creative!

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YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY…

The name menestra (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) comes from the Italian minestrone which means soup. The generic name of this dish is ¨menestra de verduras¨. It  is a typical Spanish stew made with various vegetables, usually seasonal vegetables from the garden. It is famous in the North of Spain, specifically in Navarra.

 


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Date

May 20, 2016

Category
recipes, Spain
Tags
Celebrating food, Celebrating home cooking, family and culture, Navarra, savoury recipes, Spain, tapas, traditional cuisine, vegan option