Essential Types of Stew You Need to Know
For an easy, stick-to-your-ribs dinner any night of the week, check out the most popular types of stew that will please everyone at the dinner table.
What is considered a stew, anyways?
The main difference between soup and stew is the amount of liquid in the pot. While soup usually contains a mixture of vegetables, grains and/or meats cooked in liquid, a stew has just enough liquid to cover the ingredients. The rich flavor comes from being simmered for a long time with the right amount of broth and spices.
There’s nothing more comforting than the aroma of warm stew on the stove. Whether it’s hearty beef stew or spicy jambalaya, there are types of stew for just about everyone.
Hosting a winter dinner party? Try elegant and comforting beef Bourguignon—a classic French stew that was popularized in America by Julia Child. This burgundy beef stew calls for beef chuck, burgundy, beef stock and hearty stew veggies like carrots and pearl onions. The red wine marinade tenderizes the meat for a fall-apart bite with rich flavors like peppercorn and thyme.
Peanut stew is a staple in Africa and East Asia and has thankfully made its way West. This stew is made from peanuts, tomatoes and spices. African peanut sweet potato stew combines the salty peanut sauce with bright sweet potatoes for a sweet, rich stew perfect for family dinner—kids love this one!
A classic beef stew is a slow-cooked mixture of beef and vegetables like potatoes and carrots with beef broth. Simmering it over a long period of time results in the richest, most perfect gravy to warm your bones after a day out in the cold. Choose your family’s favorite from our list of homemade beef stew recipes.
Ham and bean stew is a trusted classic for a reason. With just 5 ingredients dumped into the slow cooker, it’s the easiest meal you’ll make all month. Combine cooked ham with baked beans, potatoes, chopped celery and water in a slow cooker for seven hours and voila! Dinner is served.
Forget cooking your beef stew in red wine; beef carbonnade gets its dark color and earthy flavor from Belgian ale. It’s made with plenty of onions for meaty flavor and is the perfect dipping sauce for crusty bread. This mushroom beef carbonnade keeps well in the freezer for a hearty meal at any time.
What are you doing this Monday? It’s time to make this classic stew traditionally made from Sunday dinner leftovers in Louisiana. To prep Louisiana red beans and rice, simmer red beans, spices, vegetables and pork bones for hours and then add your choice of meat like ham or sausage.