Apples are in season! This is my favorite time at the farmers market because the fall stuff is just starting to come in, and the frost hasn’t killed off the summer produce yet (especially the spicy peppers), so there’s unlimited recipes just waiting to be created! I also found some great herbs from a new organic farmer at my market (in the last year 3 new organic farmers have joined my local farmers market, encouraging news for cavemen everywhere). Fragrant sage filled the air at the market this Sunday, so I picked up a bunch, along with some apples, and a ton of jalapeños and Serrano peppers and went home to create something.
Sage and apples go so well with pork, and I have a freezer full of wild boar from the Broken Arrow Ranch, so I defrosted some stew meat! I had an idea to make some sort of All-American stew (can’t get more American than apples, sage, and wild boar). Into a crock pot for 6 hours on high went the following organic ingredients:
1 pound wild boar stew meat
4 Fuji Apples
2 Granny Smith Apples
Fresh grated Ginger
Chard stems (for the natural saltiness, can substitute celery)
Some grass-fed beef bone broth
Some arrowroot dissolved in water (for thickening)
A mix of SPICY red and green jalapeños and Serrano Peppers (obviously optional for your particular taste)
I wasn’t sure these ingredients would all go together (like ginger and rosemary), but I didn’t have a plan or recipe I was working off of, and just played it by ear. I can tell you though that my apartment smelled amazing, and when it was done, it tasted amazing! But it was WAY too spicy for my friend Julie who popped by for a taste. Still, she thought it was delicious, and she wondered what cut of beef I used (she was shocked it was wild boar).
I’m not usually a fan of sweet dishes, unless they’re also really spicy, so this one was great. The apples and cinnamon gave it the sweet, and the ginger just gave it a touch of Asian influence in what was otherwise an All-American dish. And the peppers made sure my mouth was blissfully on fire! The wild boar was tender and wildly delicious! Even though Julie thought it was beef, it tasted just like pork to me, and went perfectly with the apples.
I served it all over cauliflower rice: