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French Farmhouse Fricassee Recipe

French Farmhouse Fricassee Recipe

Fricassees are usually made with meat, but this stick-to-your-ribs recipe uses tempeh, seitan, or tofu along with slow-cooked early-autumn vegetables, shallots, and white wine to make a fragrant stew that warms the senses and the soul.

No fine mincing required: the veggies are chunky, and the recipe practically makes itself whether you use a slow-cooker or not. Imagine your kitchen filling with the appetizing fragrance of a French farmhouse!


2 tablespoons olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
1/2 cup dry white wine
12 ounces tempeh, seitan, or extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
8 ounces baby carrots, halved lengthwise
8 ounces small red potatoes, halved
8 ounces green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon or parsley leaves

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook for 1 minute to reduce slightly. Transfer the shallot mixture to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, or a large heavy-bottomed soup pot.

2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the seitan, tempeh, or tofu and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 10 minutes, then add to the slow cooker along with the carrots, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, and stock; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine, cover, and cook on Low for 8 hours if using slow cooker. If using stovetop, heat to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

3. Just before serving, stir in the tarragon or parsley.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted y permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2004).

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4:30PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Will make with everything but the tofu - not a fan here. Thank you.

4:26PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013


3:18AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thank you :)

2:05PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Sounds so good!

10:15AM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

I'm retiring to France where it's difficult to find "standard" vegetarian ingredients (like tofu!). It would be great if anyone could recommend a cookbook written in English by a French resident!! Not asking much, am I?

10:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2010

I made this on Sunday and it was super delicious! I used 1 package of White Wave seitan and seved it over quinoa. Will definitely be adding this to my regular rotation. Warm and hearty on a cold winter day. Thanks for posting!!

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