Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Lunatic's Stroganoff
by SuSu & Csillag

The "Lunatic" was the name of a craft created in hard vacuum during a desperate moment early in the history of Wraith Squadron. They'd come out of hyperspace while escaping Folor base, and had fallen prey to a hyperspace mine set by Apwar Trigit, in the Xobome system. However, they were a resourceful bunch with nothing to lose and got out of that scrape with no casualties, even managing to reboot Piggy's vocoder and Phanan's cybernetics so they worked again.

They realized that they would be investigated for setting off the mine, and Cubber, Kell, Piggy, and Grinder set about creating this "distraction" to be disguised as a bit of floating debris. Made of a smuggling compartment with no life-support and using an astromech 'droid and a datapad as the steering mechanism, Piggy saBinring volunteered to pilot the "flying coffin" since his many layers of fat would insulate him from the cold of hard vacuum, thereby allowing the "debris" to float for longer than if a human were encased in it.

If all went awry, the "Lunatic" would indeed turn into a coffin for the brave Gamorrean. He distracted himself by thinking of what he'd like to eat when he got out ... a warm meal, though not a stew. They'd had plenty of those while training on Forlor base, and Piggy desired something more substantial.

As fate would have it, Trigit's ship the "Night Caller" -- a corvette runner -- pulled the decoy debris onboard, and they were completely surprised by the blaster-toting Gamorrean within. The Wraiths had managed their first capture for the New Republic, and the crew was so completely subdued that they didn't get a distress hail out to warn their command ship, the "Implacable" of their plight.

The dozen Wraiths suddenly had a ship full of prisoners to care for before they could be transferred to a New Republic capital ship, and feeding them became their responsibility. Piggy remembered his desire for a warm comforting, yet solid, dish. Looking through the galley stores, they found a few ingredients, but they were enough to make this wonderful meat dish, which really took only some effort at the beginning to cut and sear the meat. After throwing in the rest of the ingredients, it could simmer quietly for 2 hours on the stovetop or in a casserole in the oven. (The crew of the "Night Caller" actually didn't mind being captured -- the meal was better than anything they'd gotten under Trigit, even with the same ingredients!)

It was so popular that Runt and Kell claimed it as the official meal of Dinner Squadron, the name of the 4-ship wing that faked being the "Millennium Falcon," thereby distracting the "Implacable" for long enough to allow the Wraiths and the New Republic support vehicles to escape the original attack. But they call it by a shorter name: Lunastrog!

  • 3 lbs / 1¼ kg potroast, cubed to about 1-inch / 2½-cm size
  • 2 oz / 60 g packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
Heat a dutch oven over medium-high head, and sear the meat in small batches. When all of the meat has been seared, return the meat to the pot, then add onion soup mix and stir to distribute over the meat evenly. Reduce heat to low. Cover the pan and allow to cook slowly for two hours. The meat will release enough fat and moisture so that no additional liquid is necessary. Check periodically to stir, and to make sure the meat doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

After two hours, turn off the heat and stir in sour cream to make a sauce with all the pan drippings. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve over broad flat noodles or rice.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


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