By: Photo: John Autry
Stew making is comfort-food alchemy: Bites of meat—usually taken from tough, sinewy muscles—cook low and slow with hearty veggies, bubbling away until flavors meld and the meat loosens and gains buttery texture. The technique is straightforward, but the cook needs to avoid simple mistakes that often come from speeding the process—boiling rather than simmering, or skimping on the first steps that build deep flavor. Read on for foolproof tips and healthy stew recipes.
Recipe Tip: Tough cuts of meat that lend themselves to stews tend to be fatty, so you need to trim them well for healthy results.