Nothing says comfort food like a hearty bowl full of stew. Follow our steps and you will be well on your way to mastering these one-bowl wonders.
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.
View Recipe: Italian Beef Stew
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.
Build a flavor foundation by browning meat and aromatic ingredients. This step leaves tasty browned bits in the bottom of
the pan that add complexity to the stew.
View Recipe: Guinness Lamb Stew
Recipe Tip: Cut meat and veggies into roughly equal-sized pieces so they'll cook evenly.
Add a flavorful (usually acidic) liquid like wine to the pan, scraping the bits off the bottom as you bring the mixture to
a boil. Cook briefly to concentrate the flavor.
View Recipe: Chicken Verde Stew with Hominy
Recipe Tip: Anaheim chiles are mild; try poblanos or jalepeños if you want to turn up the heat on this Latin-inspired stew.