It’s often said that the backbone of both British and Irish food is the wealth of its stews. There are so many traditional recipes that it would be almost impossible to mention all of them. However, there are some hearty stews that are essential to British Isle cuisine. These dishes are favorites for cold winter months.
01. Welsh Cawl
A classic stew from the tiny country of Wales is this Welsh cawl. It stands out from the rest because it is both a stew and a soup—two dishes in one. The Welsh will first drink the broth followed by the meat and vegetables in a separate bowl.
02. English Beef Stew and Dumplings
The English also knows a thing or two about stews. Their famous offering of English beef stew and dumplings involves lots of beef, vegetables, and rib-sticking dumplings. The dumplings must be made with suet to be authentic but there are substitutions you can use.
03. Mum’s Oxtail Stew
For many, mum’s oxtail stew was a thing of childhood. It fell out of fashion—or rather the eating of the tail did—for many years. However, it is back and now recognized for the fabulous, tasty meat it is.
04. Turkey Cajun Stew
When you have leftover turkey to use up, make this turkey Cajun stew. It’s a lot like gumbo, complete with shrimp, andouille sausage, okra, and bacon. The Cajun seasoning, garlic, and onion give it a nice spice, too. Serve it with steamed rice and you have a delicious dinner everyone will enjoy.
05. Traditional Irish Stew
A traditional Irish stew is Ireland’s national dish and a favorite on St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, the classic stew was made with mutton, but that is becoming increasingly hard to find. Most cooks substitute lamb, which tastes just as good but is also more tender.
06. British Beef, Leek, and Mushroom Stew
British beef, leek, and mushroom stew is the perfect warming winter dish. Chunks of beef are teamed with nutritious leeks while carrots, mushrooms, and onions add texture and taste. It’s so healthy as well as delicious.
07. Moroccan Spiced Goats Stew
When you want to switch from the usual beef, chicken, or lamb dish, you can’t do better than cooking some healthy, lean goats’ meat. Add to that a hefty dose of warming spices, and you have a perfect winter’s dish with this Moroccan spiced goats stew recipe.
Speaking of stew, it might take an hour or more for the beef to break all the way down, but that doesn’t mean you should simmer your carrots and potatoes for that long. So you might be careful when cooking a stew that contains vegetables. Count the right time when you put in the pieces of vegetables.