French Fridays with Dorie: Garbure from the supermarket

Garbure from Around my French Table on eatlivetravelwrite.comGarbure, huh? Yes, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (garbure, p 86) is a hearty old stew with a ham hock, cabbage and a whole host of other veggies including white beans, turnips, carrots and potatoes. There’s also a duck leg and some garlic sausage. Pure comfort food and perfect for this ridiculous winter.  I know, I complain a lot about the winter every year but this year it’s completely unreal. Yesterday it was -27˚C with wind chill. Just not ok…

I have to say, I found this a little epic. I made it on a holiday Monday, after we’d entertained the night before and to be truthful, making a giant pot of meaty stew/ soup wasn’t exactly what I felt like doing that day 😉 But you know, the things you do for Dorie, right? I did follow the recipe pretty much to a “T” (shocker, right?) and I even made the whole recipe, because minifying this would have been foolish.

It’s a pretty simple recipe, but takes 2-3 hours before it’s ready.  It will make your house smell amazing, guaranteed.  I cut my veggies pretty big and though the potatoes and carrots held their shape, the leeks and onions went to mush. Perhaps they were meant to – in fact, by the second and third day, these cooked down veggies made the broth lovely and thick and even more flavourful so I guess that makes sense – but on the day I made this, I was kind of disappointed in the mushy texture of many of the veggies. I also thought that it could have used more beans. But apart from those two small criticisms,  we really enjoyed this.  It made a LOT (serves 10) and we gave a large portion to our neighbour who pronounced it “excellent” and enjoyed the leftovers for many days after. It’s been the perfect meal for this silly winter!

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21 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie: Garbure from the supermarket”

  1. Yes, it’ s -7F here this morning (before wind chill – I don’t even want to think about how cold it is with wind chill). Enough already…

    Lovely presentation 🙂

  2. It certainly did make enough to feed an army! In fact, I originally pulled out my dutch oven, and then realized that I would need to trade it out for my even bigger stock pot, and even that one was filled up to within an inch of the rim. My freezer is happily stocked.

  3. Love your photo, Mardi…just gorgeous, and your Garbure looks wonderfully delicious! This one was a winner in my house, too! It did make enough to feed a small army…we enjoyed it for several days! Man it is cold by you…we took a retreat to Florida, but will be heading back home this week…to snow and cold weather! Well, it was good while it lasted!

  4. What a lovely soup, esp for a chilly, rainy day like the one we’re having.
    (We desperately needed the rain – not much of a winter this year here in Calif).

    Mushy veggies are not very pleasant, but leftovers are so delicious.
    I’m wondering if they’re do well as a spread to put onto crisp toast for
    lunch with some creamy cheese? Mmm, yum.
    I must be hungry!
    Have a great w/end, Mardi!

  5. Looks amazing, Mardi! This was so perfect for the weather. It’s way colder where you are then here, and it was very cold here. Will winter be over soon? Please?

  6. I have to think you and Mr. Neil threw a great party. So kudos for even getting this garbure made the day after. I actually halved the soup and doubled the beans because I’m a legume fan also. So I didn’t share, have still been enjoying it for days and probably will be eating it all week-end. I sympathize with your winter-blues. Enough.

  7. I’m late commenting on this one – but there’s not much I would add.

    Paired this with a Grey Monk Pinot Noir from British Columbia…

  8. I tried to follow the recipe to a ‘T’ but my duck wasn’t good and I couldn’t find garlic sausage. Still good. Still full of flavor, veggies, and meat.

  9. I noticed you mentioned in the P&Q’s that the veggies cooked fast. I took mine out after 1 hour.
    completely cooked. I added them at the end and all worked well. I am sorry I did not use a
    ham hock, I agree that they are so tasty. I love them in choucroute.

  10. It looks beautiful. I might have to make it, even though I’ll be the only one eating it. The weather in most places in Canada and the US has been abominable this year. I know, Vancouverites shouldn’t complain too much, even though we’re in for snow tonight.

  11. I am with you on this being the perfect recipe to go with this weather. We need comfort food and lots of it, and this one delivered on both counts. Your coloring is really lovely- this ended up not the most “photogenic” dish but between your delicious results and choice of that beautiful gold crock….your garbure looks utterly amazing.

  12. I usually enjoy winter, but I am very ready for this one to be over. I know I shouldn’t complain though – your winter is much worse up there! I agree with you about the soup. I was initially disappointed that the vegetables turned to mush, but they did give the soup a very rich, thick, and flavorful broth.

  13. It’s gray and about 55 degrees fahrenheit here and for us, that’s soup weather. Am planning on giving this a try today but probably shorter cooking time on the veggies. By the way, on another subject altogether – I made oxtail for the first time this weekend via a Danny Meyer recipe – talk about epic!

  14. Don’t even get me started about the cold. I mean: my toes are literally freezer burned, swollen and red. We need to move to Vancouver 😉

    I hate the word “garbure”, lol, but I love the look of this soup so I will probably make it someday soon (’cause it’s still minus a million out there!), but maybe I’ll just call it winter stew 😉

  15. Love your photo Mardi. I agree this seemd like a big tax at the beginning but it was good, especially after a day or two. I will make it again but leave out the turnips. Nice soup dish by the way.

  16. I’ll bet your neighbor was very pleased! 😉

    I think the mushy veg is intentional and lovely in this stew 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed it and I love your photo! I always struggle with soup photos and you really did a great job!


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