You Can Stew (Do) It: Making a Tasty Meal for You and Your Family

Posted on Mar 7 2017 - 6:18am by Admin

Beef stew in a bowlA soup can be a good appetizer or main course, but stews can definitely match what they have to offer. It’s one of the most important fares on the table. They’re also flexible, meaning you can have them any time of the day, any day of the year.

If you think that your stew is already good enough, think again. There are still some ways you can improve what you already have in your hands. Famed chefs and foodies recommend the following:

The Stock

Although quite different from soups, stews are almost always served with some soup or sauce. It’s important that you have a good base for it, which often comes in the form of a stock. You may use bouillons, but if you want a more personal approach, you can create quality stock from scratch by using chicken base ingredients or boiling the meat and bones.

The Ingredients

Among the things that make stews different from soups is the choice of ingredients. Stews are more elaborate and textured, and you need to use different ingredients to achieve these qualities. Other than the de facto ingredients, you may want to experiment with other elements, such as milk, shitake mushrooms, melted cheese, and gravy. These will highlight the existing flavors of the stew.

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The Method

The method dictates the quality of the output, so you must make sure that you choose the right methods when cooking stews. Boiling is necessary, but you may want to be careful with it, as too much boiling can compromise the integrity of your ingredients, especially the vegetables.

Keep these tips in mind for a more delicious stew that you can proudly take to your potluck dinners or parties. If you’re adventurous, you can always experiment. Don’t worry, though, as some of the best dishes out there are a result of “failures.”