Stew

Hot to Make Easy and delicious Oyster Stew
Hot to Make Easy and delicious Oyster Stew
Stew

Next to soup, stew is a comfort dish in the cold of winter and rainy days. Best served steaming hot in a bowl, the stew is a long, slow simmered dish that nourishes both soul and stomach. Mothers and grandmothers make it as a main dish for lunch or dinner, their stews sometimes never needing a written recipe for it’s filed away in their culinary memories and produced out of ingredients on hand. A pot of stew simmering away and enveloping the kitchen with its savory, meaty vapors makes the home a delicious place to come home to.

A stew is “a dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan,” as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. Cooks since the ancient times have been making various kinds of stew. In “A History of Stew” in the Food Reference website, various recipes had been published in old cookbooks—from the Roman Apicius’ cookery book to the French chef Taillevent and Herodotus. The making of cooking pots eased the making of stews.

To the French, the stew is called ragout derived from the word ragoûter, which means "to revive the taste,” as described by its Wikipedia entry. Stews vary according to the meat used and its accompanying ingredients. Examples listed by the Food Reference website include the paprika-inflected Hungarian goulash, the coq au vin, beef stroganoff, and Boeuf Bourguignonne, the stew that chef and author Julia Child popularized in her book and show.

The elements of stew involve the meat, vegetables and cooking liquid. Some of the meat cuts used in stewing includes round steak, chuck, chuck roast, bottom round roast, top round, pot roast and those labelled “stew meat.” You can buy the meats already pre-cut into cubes or you can do the slicing yourself.

Stewing is also suitable for the least tender cuts of meat that become tender and juicy with the slow moist heat method. Usually, stew recipes call for dredging the meat in flour and browning it in a skillet before it’s cooked in the pot with the vegetables, spices, and the cooking liquid of choice—water, wine, stock or broth.

Aside from beef, chicken and fish may also be used in making stews. Stew recipes on the site include beef stew with peas, catfish stew, chicken peanut butter stew, classic lamb stew, pork stew with squash and Mexican chicken stew.

Stew

Beef Stew with Peas Recipe

Beef Stew with Peas Recipe

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Catfish Stew

Catfish Stew

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Chicken Peanut Butter Stew

Chicken Peanut Butter Stew

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Classic Lamb Stew

Classic Lamb Stew

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Crock Pot Beef Stew

Crock Pot Beef Stew

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Crock Pot Wine-Braised Veal Stew

Crock Pot Wine-Braised Veal Stew

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Cup o Java Beef Stew

Cup o Java Beef Stew

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Duck with Turnips and Peas Stewed Recipe

Duck with Turnips and Peas Stewed Recipe

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Gourmand lobster and crustacean stew by Jean Bardet

Gourmand lobster and crustacean stew

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Hot to Make Easy and delicious Oyster Stew by Jean Bardet

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Hunter Stew by Jean Bardet

Hunter Stew

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Irish Beef and Beer Stew by Jean Bardet

Irish Beef and Beer Stew

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Mexican Chicken Stew by Jean Bardet

Mexican Chicken Stew

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Mike Mulligans Crock Pot Stew by Jean Bardet

Mike Mulligans Crock Pot Stew

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Pork Stew with Squash by Jean Bardet

Pork Stew with Squash

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