El Bullitt ( Portugese Vegetable Hot-pot)
A lovely dish very similar to a vegetarian New England boiled dinner adapted from The Food of Spain & Portugal as published in our local paper.
- 2 lbs carrots, cleaned, peeled, and cut into short lengths
- 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks if mature, whole if young and new
- 2 lbs small turnips, peeled and cubed
- 1 small cabbage, sliced in eighths through the center or 1 large head of broccoli, divided into florets
- 1 cup fresh green beans, topped and tailed (frozen is fine if you can't find fresh)
- water to cover the vegetable (stock may be substituted)
- salt, to taste
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 drop lemon juice
Bring to a rolling boil enough salted water or stock in a large stockpot to cover the vegetables (stock is preferable).
Add the vegetables to the boiling liquid in the order given, bringing the broth back to a boil each time (should take about 20 minutes to get everything added).
Drain everything in a colander (reserving the cooking liquid) as soon as the vegetables are tender and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Crush the garlic in a mortar and pestle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
When it's pounded to a paste, start adding the oil in a thin stream.
Keep pounding with the pestle and trickling in the oil until the mixture is good and thick.
Add a drop of lemon juice to sharpen the flavor.
The broth and vegetables may either be served together in a bowl or separately.
If serving them together, pass the aioli around for people to stir in as much as they please.
If serving separately, use the aioli as a side dip for the vegetables.
Serve with slices of good bread.