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Stew | The Food Society

Stew

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A stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables (such as carrots, potatoes, beans, peppers and tomatoes, etc.), meats such as beef, pork, poultry, sausages. Fish and seafood are also used. While water can be used as the stew-cooking liquid, wine, stock, and beer are also common. Seasoning, herbs and spices may also be added. Stews are typically cooked at a relatively low temperature (simmered, not boiled) on a stove top, allowing flavors to mingle and differing from casseroles which are cooked in the oven.

Stewing is suitable for the tougher cuts of meat that become tender and juicy with the slow moist heat method. This makes it popular in low-cost cooking. Cuts having a certain amount of marbling and gelatinous connective tissue give moist, juicy stews, while lean meat may easily become dry.

Stews may be thickened by reduction or with flour, either by coating pieces of meat with flour before searing, or by using a roux or beurre manié, a dough consisting of equal parts of butter and flour. Thickeners like cornstarch or arrowroot may also be used.

Stews are similar to soups but generally have less liquid, are much thicker and require longer cooking over low heat. While soups are almost always served in a bowl, stews may be thick enough to be served on a plate with the gravy as a sauce over the solid ingredients.

Recipesort icon Description Cuisine Course Type of recipe Dietary requirements Skill level
Apple Pork Steaks May be doubled or halved. Cider vinegar may be used in place of the red wine vinegar. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread.
Beef and Bean Hotpot A quick and easy satisfying dish.
Beef Stew Great comfort food!
Chicken and Spring Vegetables An easy one-pot meal. Easily doubled.
Chicken Provencal A simple approach to a French classic. Serve with white or brown basmati rice or mashed potatoes.
Irish Stew Deeply satisfying traditional comfort food.
Lamb Tagine A satisfying Middle Eastern dish. Easily halved. Serve with couscous.
Meatball Surprise A true surprise! Easily doubled.
Portuguese Seafood Stew A relaxed meal. Meat, chicken or sausage may be used as part of or instead of seafood.
Ragout of Lamb Wonderful comfort food!
Slow-cooked Pork and Beans Great winter warmer! Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.
Spiced Lemon Chicken A low-fat chicken dish.
Spicy Lamb Tagine A taste of Morocco!
Sweet and Sour Aubergines A quick and easy vegetarian meal. Serve with couscous
Vegetarian Tagine A vegetarian version of a classic Moroccan dish. Serve with couscous.
Winter Hotpot Comfort food for a cold night!
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