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Filipino Vegetable Stew

over Jasmine Rice with Crispy Okra

Filipino Vegetable Stew  over Jasmine Rice with Crispy Okra

This recipe is based on pinakbet, a steamed vegetable dish from the Philippines. Many different vegetables can be used to make pinakbet, including tomato, okra, long beans, and bitter melon. In place of bitter melon, which is an acquired taste, we used mo qua squash, also called fuzzy gourd or winter melon. Its mild flavor is similar to zucchini and is perfect for soaking up the aromatic ginger and garlic.

Filipino Vegetable Stew  over Jasmine Rice with Crispy Okra  ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Jasmine Rice
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Ounces Long Beans
  • 1 Small Piece Ginger
  • 2 to 3 Ounces Okra
  • 2 Farm Eggs
  • 1 Banana Pepper
  • 1 Mo Qua Squash
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Lemon
Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:
In a small pot, combine the jasmine rice, 1½ cups of water, and a pinch of salt. Heat to boiling on high. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer about 20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
Prepare your ingredients:
2 Prepare your ingredients:
While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Cut the long beans into 2-inch lengths. Cut the okra in half lengthwise. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk to blend. Peel and cut the mo qua squash into quarters lengthwise. Cut away some of the seeded center, then large dice it. Peel and small dice the onion. Slice the banana pepper into rounds. Large dice the tomato.
Prepare the okra:
3 Prepare the okra:
Place the flour and panko into 2 separate shallow dishes.Place the okra in the flour and toss to coat.Dip each piece of okra in the egg, then coat in the panko, pressing if necessary to ensure the crumbs adhere.
Make the vegetable stew:
4 Make the vegetable stew:
In a large pan, heat some oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ginger, garlic, and onion. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened completely, stirring. Add the mo qua squash and banana pepper and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomato and long beans for about 1 minute. Add the vegetable broth and increase the heat to high. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
Cook the okra:
5 Cook the okra:
Wipe out the pan used for the vegetables. Heat a layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the okra to the hot oil and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and season with salt.
Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the rice and vegetable stew between 2 plates. Squeeze some lemon juice over the vegetables. Top each with half the crispy okra. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:
In a small pot, combine the jasmine rice, 1½ cups of water, and a pinch of salt. Heat to boiling on high. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer about 20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
2 Prepare your ingredients:
While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Cut the long beans into 2-inch lengths. Cut the okra in half lengthwise. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk to blend. Peel and cut the mo qua squash into quarters lengthwise. Cut away some of the seeded center, then large dice it. Peel and small dice the onion. Slice the banana pepper into rounds. Large dice the tomato.
Prepare your ingredients:
Prepare the okra:
3 Prepare the okra:
Place the flour and panko into 2 separate shallow dishes.Place the okra in the flour and toss to coat.Dip each piece of okra in the egg, then coat in the panko, pressing if necessary to ensure the crumbs adhere.
4 Make the vegetable stew:
In a large pan, heat some oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ginger, garlic, and onion. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened completely, stirring. Add the mo qua squash and banana pepper and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomato and long beans for about 1 minute. Add the vegetable broth and increase the heat to high. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
Make the vegetable stew:
Cook the okra:
5 Cook the okra:
Wipe out the pan used for the vegetables. Heat a layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the okra to the hot oil and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and season with salt.
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the rice and vegetable stew between 2 plates. Squeeze some lemon juice over the vegetables. Top each with half the crispy okra. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!
Plate your dish: