Rustic Harvest Stew

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This hearty stew will have you embracing the crisp fall weather.  Rich flavors of Italian sausage, potatoes, sweet corn, polenta and okra will have your tummy full and satisfied.  

Rustic Harvest Stew

Did you see okra up there and think “I don’t know about okra.” Well, let me tell you — this recipe was my first time cooking with okra, too.  My family LOVED this recipe.  Especially my youngest son, who couldn’t get enough of this stew.

Rustic Harvest Stew -- An Affair from the Heart

I will be honest, I really wanted to try it, but almost chickened out because of the okra.  I even googled “what is a good substitute for okra” – and I finally told myself to get out of my comfort zone and just make it the way that Debra intended for me to.  Who’s Debra, you might ask?  Well, she is the food blogger and mastermind souper-chef behind the food blog, Bowl Me Over.

Debra was my assignment for our fall edition of Freaky Friday.  It’s a group of food bloggers that I have organized to do a little blog swap once per season.  We get our secretly assigned blog, and we get to cook/bake from it and keep it a secret until all of our recipes are revealed at the same time, and that time is NOW.

Rustic Harvest Stew

I was super excited to get Debra’s blog.  She is not only an absolutely darling person, she makes some really amazing dishes.  Debra lives with her hubby in Fresno, California.  She and I are similar in our love for family, cooking, and our pets.  Debra does and online live feed once per week where she teaches your how to prepare a dish.  Please take the time to pop over to her blog, and follow along with her on social media.

Rustic Harvest Stew

Trying to decide on a recipe from Debra’s blog will most likely be your most difficult task.  I know it was mine.   I do my best to try ad stick to the season at hand, this being our fall round, I decided that I would pin a bunch of her salad recipes to try, but I would refrain from sharing one of them today.  But JUST LOOK at this Iceberg Wedge Salad with Homemade Bleu Cheese Dressing!

That baby is getting made FOR SURE.  Of course, her array of soups and stews is huge, with a blog name like “Bowl Me Over” how couldn’t it be, right?  My kids are anxious for me to try her Easy Homemade Ramen Bowls.  She has a large amount of breakfast recipes,  like these Overnight Oats, and has a whole section on Homemade Jams.  I have wanted to make her Ja Makin’ Me Crazy Mango Jam since she posted it in July.  (#bucketlist)  I guess what I am saying is to take some time to sit and browse all of the yumminess going on over there at Bowl Me Over!

In the end, I chose this Rustic Harvest Stew, because it just screams fall, don’t you think?

Rustic Harvest Stew

Our new recipe begins with browning some ground Italian sausage with some red pepper flakes.  Drain any excess grease off and toss in some potatoes, onions, okra and garlic.

Rustic Harvest Stew

Saute for about 5 minutes, then add in corn and polenta.  Mix well and season with salt and pepper.  Add in the chicken stock, and give it a good stir.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.  The stew will thicken as the potatoes cook through.

Rustic Harvest Stew

We served it up with some buttermilk biscuits and honey.  They complimented the hearty stew nicely.

Rustic Harvest Stew

I added a bit more red pepper to my stew than Debra did.  I like that bit of heat it gave the stew.  This actually reminded me a lot of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tocana.  One of our favorites!

Check out all of my past Freaky Friday recipes today!

Rustic Harvest Stew

Here is a list of all of this Freaky Friday Participants and what they made for our fall round!!  Please give them a visit, you might just find your new favorite recipe!!


An Affair from the Heart – Rustic Harvest Stew

Take Two Tapas – Pepperoni Pizza Packets

LeMoine Family Kitchen – Mixed Berry Muffins

Hostess at Heart – Spicy Sriracha Snack Mix

Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Easy Black Bean Soup

Bowl Me Over – Spicy Thai Noodle Soup with Shrimp

Seduction in the Kitchen – Marinated Olives with Red Wine Vinaigrette

The Foodie Affair – Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole with Cauliflower Crumbles

Full Belly Sisters – Easy Coconut Macaroons

Who Needs A Cape? – Loaded Slow Cooker Pierogies

Lisa’s dinnertime Dish – Italian Stuffed Pepper Cauliflower Rice Skillet

A Dish of Daily Life – Banana Crumb Cake with Pecans

The Devilish Dish – Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Mildly Meandering – Apple Cake Sundae

Life Currents – Pineapple Serrano Hummus

Plattertalk – Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Pic Nic – Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart

Honey & Birch – Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Appetizer

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Rustic Harvest Stew

This hearty stew will have you embracing the crisp fall weather.  Rich flavors of Italian sausage, potatoes, sweet corn, polenta and okra will have your tummy full and satisfied.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Cuisine: American/Italian
Keyword: Rustic Harvest Stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound okra thinly sliced
  • 4 cups gold potatoes skins left on, cubed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup polenta
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Brown sausage and red pepper flakes in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Drain excess grease.
  • Add in the okra, garlic, potatoes & onions. Sauté for about 4 minutes and add the corn and polenta. Mix well, seasoning with the salt, and pepper.
  • Add the chicken stock, give it a good stir, cover it and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 891mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

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  1. We’ve never cooked with okra either but this hearty and comforting stew looks like the perfect place to start. We are huge fans of Bowl Me Over and you certainly did Debra proud with your rendition of this dish, fantastic job once again!!!

  2. I am so excited you chose this recipe to enjoy! Okra get such a bad name, but in this soup the texture stay crunchy and it’s so delicious! Thank you for the kind word also, as always it’s a pleasure to participate in Freaky Friday – so much fun to scour the assigned blog to find just the right recipe and make something totally for fun! You’re the best host and organizer, that’s for sure! Thank you again!!!

    1. We loved this recipe! Thank you for being a part of our little group. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you!

  3. I’ve only used okra once and was lucky that someone with experience talked to me first. This stew looks delicious and I’d love a big ole bowl on this chilly rainy day!

  4. Gorgeous strew! I thought it looked simply delicious just looking at the pictures (the okra especially looks really pretty in there) but then I read through the ingredients and this stew appealed to me even more! Sausage, beef, and polenta too?! Perfect!

  5. Loving the flavors in this one! So hearty! I’ve never cooked with okra but I think its time to give it a try! And Michaela, thank you so much for organizing this fun swap! I love being a part of it!!

  6. I would have thought about leaving out the orka too, but that’s only because I’m not accustomed to the flavor. I know my husband will love this dish. He’s definitely an orka fan, plus all those other goodies! Can’t wait to try this one!

  7. Zuppa Toscana is one of our favorite soups so I KNOW we will love this Rustic Harvest Stew!!! October has me wanting to make soup several times a week, so this one is going on our menu for sure!!!!

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