One of my favorite meals that my mother made for me as a child was this great "chop suey" dish. I think that I was drawn to the sweet and umami filled flavors that this dish radiates.
The original recipe calls for 1.25 lbs of various meats - mainly pork chicken and veal, lard, white flour and sugar. No wonder I loved it with all those refined products! To this day my mouth still waters thinking about this dish the way my momma made it.
This revamped recipe has the same taste as the original with a fraction of the fat and no cholesterol if you chose to go meat free with it. If you cannot stand mushrooms but instead want meat, see the meat option in the notes. I add in optional veggies for more vitamins and to round it out with colors, but you can omit those and keep it as simple as you wish. This is a true choose your adventure!
1 package of white or portabella mushrooms, diced into large pieces
vegetable broth or water for lining pan
Whole wheat flour (coconut flour if paleo)
Coconut sugar or maple syrup
1 medium stalk of celery
5 small onions, or 1 large Vidalia onion
2-3 Cups of cubed cabbage (white) (OPTIONAL)
1 Cup of diced yellow and red peppers (OPTIONAL)
1 Cup of broccoli florets or other hearty vegetable (OPTIONAL)
1 can of water chestnuts, sliced or diced
1 large can or 2 regular cans of bean sprouts, drained
Coconut aminos (or soy sauce/GF tamari sauce)
The original recipe called for the meat to be coated in flour and then fried in lard until browned, then simmered in water until cooked through. If you are choosing the meat option, use 1.25 lbs of your preferred diced meat (chicken, pork, veal or a mixture of the three) and replace lard with ghee.
If you are following the vegetable version, line a large pot that has been heated over medium high heat with vegetable broth or water. Add in the diced mushrooms, and any long-cooking veggies (broccoli) you would like, cook until they are glistening and tender. At this point I add in 1 Tbs of whole wheat or coconut flour and simmer for a moment to thicken.
MEAT OR VEGGIE VERSION CONTINUES THE SAME:
Then add enough water to cover the mixture with an inch or two over the top and add in the celery and onions simmering until onions (and peppers if using) are translucent and soft. From this point forward it is really personal preference.
Add in by 1 Tbs at a time, whole wheat flour or coconut flour until you hit a consistency that you like and then add in by 1 Tbs at a time coconut sugar/maple syrup and coconut aminos until it has the sweetness that you enjoy.
Now add in the drained water chestnuts and bean sprouts, adding additional water and flour if needed to keep consistency.
I serve this over either brown or white rice or riced cauliflower if Paleo, or you can omit and serve with a spoon as a stew.
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