can tell that the seasons are starting to shift sometimes
just by the food we crave at different times of the year!
Warm stews, chilis and the like are all comfort food
that give us warmth as the leaves begin to turn and the wind
begins to take on a slight chill. The nice thing about stews
is that they are only limited by your creativity and the ingredients
you have on hand.
The greatest thing about stews is that they
are very simple to make. Most stews are made in the same manner
by following these basic steps:
- Brown the meat or poultry.
- Remove the meat from pan & sauté
aromatics such as onions, shallots, and/or garlic.
- Add hearty vegetables such as carrots,
potatoes, celery along with seasonings.
- Add stock (beef, chicken or vegetable)
along with tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes (if you are
doing a tomato based stew).
- Cover and simmer until tender.
The fun part comes in by adding different
combinations of spices, wine, dried fruit, herbs, varying
the vegetables (perhaps try leeks instead of onions or adding
fennel for a different flavor) and/or adding rice to change
the consistency. The combinations are endless and the results
are absolutely delicious. This month wed like to share
some of our favorite stews, both new and old, that we hope
youll find as warm and comforting as we have.
Tenderloin Country Stew
de Pollo (Chicken Stew)
& Tequila Stew
Stew with Fennel
Stew with Apricots
Bean & Pork Stew