Cozy up with 3 hearty stew recipes as winter weather sets in – WBUR News

November 13, 2022
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Let’s begin with a little terminology: A stew is not a soup. A stew is not a casserole. And yet a stew can be a bit like a soup and a casserole. Let me explain; Both soups and stews rely on vegetables, meat, poultry or fish, and they are generally cooked in some sort of stock or liquid. But stews tend to be thicker, using larger chunks of meat, vegetable or poultry and less stock. The thicker it becomes, the more stew-like it is. And, unlike a casserole, stews are generally made in soup pots.
Whatever you call them, these three stews offer comfort as the weather shifts in much of the country. As the temperature drops, we find ourselves craving heartier, warming food. Stews are the perfect answer. And like soup, they almost always benefit from being made a day ahead of time and letting the flavors settle and emerge overnight.
These stews borrow from three distinctly different parts of the world. To begin, there’s an Indian-inspired vegetarian stew that focuses on cauliflower, coconut milk and spices. The stew is topped with spicy, crunchy roasted chickpeas. Next, a Mexican-inspired chicken and chili stew served with quick pickled red onions and warm tortillas. And finally, a hearty French dish of short ribs braised in red wine with carrots, leeks and rosemary.
This is a thoroughly satisfying vegetarian stew that can be served over white or brown rice. The stew comes together in less than 30 minutes and the crunchy spiced chickpea topping adds another 10 minutes. It’s one of the few stews that is best served within a few hours of preparation.
Serves 2 to 4.
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These chickpea make a great snack as well as a delicious, crunchy topping for the cauliflower stew.
Makes 1 cup.
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Short ribs have so much flavor to give, but you need to coax it out with slow, steady cooking and really good aromatics. Here, short ribs are gently browned and then cooked with carrots, onion, garlic, leeks and rosemary, all slowly simmered in red wine. I like to serve this short rib stew with mashed potatoes or mashed celery root, rice or egg noodles. There’s a lot of delicious juice at the end that you’ll want to sop up, so a warm crusty bread would also be in order.
This stew really benefits from sitting overnight. Short ribs can be quite fatty and if you refrigerate the stew for at least 3 to 4 hours, or preferably overnight, the fat will rise to the surface and be easy to spoon off. Then you simply reheat the stew on the stovetop just before serving.
Serves 2 to 4.
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The flavors in this stew are so complex it tastes like it’s been simmering all day. But the fact is, this stew can be put together in less than an hour. Chicken thighs and/or breasts are browned and mixed with sautéed onion, garlic, cumin, and ancho chilis. A jar of salsa (mild or hot) is poured on top and the whole dish comes together with very little effort. The toppings are just as interesting as the stew: warm corn or flour tortillas, pickled red onions (heat vinegar, salt, sugar and water and pour on top of thin onion slices and 30 minutes later, you’ve got pickles), radish slices, sour cream or crema, and lime wedges. The stew is ideal for a weeknight or can be a celebratory weekend meal as well. The stew can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time.
Serves 2 to 4.
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The chicken and chili stew:
Pickled red onion:
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This segment aired on November 8, 2022.
Kathy Gunst Twitter Resident Chef, Here & Now
Kathy Gunst is a James Beard Award-winning journalist and the author of 15 cookbooks.
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