The weather is perfect for stew and this recipe from Shannon really fulfilled its hearty promise.
Squash, Pepper, Chard, and Corn Stew
1 medium onion, diced
3 – 5 garlic cloves, chopped
¾ pound banana squash, peeled and cut into pieces about ½ inch wide
2 – 3 T olive oil
1 t. Greek oregano
1 green pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 T. flour
2 T. chile powder
½ t. cumin
1 c. dry white wine
2 c. broth of choice
3 – 4 c. tomatoes, diced
½ bunch chard, blanched and cut into ribbons with the tougher stems cut away
1 ½ c. frozen corn
¾ c. sour cream or yogurt to taste
Chopped cilantro and green onions for garnish
Very lightly sauté the onion, garlic and squash in oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed soup pot, then add oregano, red and green peppers, flour, chile powder and cumin. Stir together and cook for a minute or two longer.
Add wine, broth, and tomatoes, then cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add chard and corn, then cook for a further 15-20 minutes.
Taste for seasoning. If stew is too liquid, pour off liquid into a small saucepan and boil down until reduced and richly flavored.
Just before serving, stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and green onions.

I didn’t bother blanching the chard. I didn’t use chili powder so I increased the oregano and cumin some and added about 1 teaspoon of Chipotle Tabasco and some crushed red pepper flakes. And I used water and the liquid from canned tomatoes instead of any broth.
This photo of is the stew cooking in the pot. It looked prettier served in a bowl with the yogurt dollop and chopped cilantro on top.
Simple quinoa was perfect underneath to increase the protein.


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