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Do you like 'a hearty stew'?

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kittylester Tue 04-Oct-22 12:49:49

I follow a few cooking sites and, this morning, a recipe for 'a hearty stew' appeared in my inbox.

My heart sank. Not sure whether it is a throw back to school dinners, my mum's cooking or what.

I do sausage casserole, braised steak, coq au vin etc etc but the thought of hearty stews really depress me.

Anyone else?

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:21:25


boeuf bourguignon every time, it's the sweet shallots.

Oh yes but it's a bit of a faff to make so only on rare occasions.
I used to make it occasionally in a very large French cast iron casserole dish in the oven but I've got to the stage where I could barely lift the pot without anything in it.

I've never made a hearty stew on the stove top, generally in the oven and more lately in the slow cooker.

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:23:02


Frozen Tesco Shallots Peeled 350G!!

Germanshepherdsmum Tue 04-Oct-22 15:24:57

I got some frozen shallots and found they were too soft to slice when thawed so never again.

Nannagarra Tue 04-Oct-22 15:35:49

Okay, who’s going to post their favourite recipe for Welsh cawl? Welsh lamb stew you say, MrsKen33?
I’m drooling here and I like to learn from GN.

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:36:41

They need to be cooked whole in a boeuf bourguignon, fried first though, so I wondered if they'd work?

kittylester Tue 04-Oct-22 15:39:19

I put halved banana shallots in. blush

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:40:14

Here's one:

Not parsnips, though, the flavour is too strong
I like them but not in any stews or casseroles

Riverwalk Tue 04-Oct-22 15:40:57

I use banana shallots but leave them whole so they don't fall to bits.

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:42:41

Here's the Hairy Bikers' recipe, that's probably how I'd make it.
I saw them making this on their Food Tour of Britain.

MrsKen33 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:46:11

Much the same here too, but a sprinkling of parsley. My mum used to make doughboys (?) suet dumplings to put on top.

Urmstongran Tue 04-Oct-22 15:52:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 15:53:35

Salmon and new potatoes for us too.

It's cooler but not hearty casserole weather yet!

Urmstongran Tue 04-Oct-22 16:05:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Nannagarra Tue 04-Oct-22 16:08:30

Thank you Callistemon21. Much appreciated.

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 16:08:48

We know .....

Nightsky2 Tue 04-Oct-22 16:15:52

I love stews. Was only thinking today that a stew would be nice for today so maybe tomorrow instead.?

Elusivebutterfly Tue 04-Oct-22 16:22:03

I hated school dinners but don't remember anything resembling a hearty stew.
My mother used to make delicious steak and kidney with dumplings and I enjoy a beef stew with lots of veg in nowadays, though I don't make it very often. I would call these hearty stews. As a child, it was always stew though the term casserole is more common now.

M0nica Tue 04-Oct-22 16:39:31

Elusivebutterfly hearty stews were so called because they used to be stewed in a saucepan on the hob on a low gas. Casseroles are done in the oven in a casserole dish.

Sago Tue 04-Oct-22 16:51:27

Love, my favourite is venison in red wine.
Just delicious.

GagaJo Tue 04-Oct-22 16:56:59


Love them, live on them in many various forms, including ones based entirely on vegetables.

Oh yes! My mum made amazing veg and dumpling stew.

Blondiescot Tue 04-Oct-22 16:59:59

Ooh, I love a good hearty stew, especially with dumplings (or doughballs as we call them). I probably make stews of various descriptions more often now that I can do them in a fraction of the time using my Ninja.

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 17:01:08


We know .....

That was addressed to Urmstongran

I wish you'd ask to have that post deleted * Urms*!!

eazybee Tue 04-Oct-22 17:03:38

I made one this weekend, but it's called beef chasseur. First made it in 1967.

kittylester Tue 04-Oct-22 17:11:48

That's not a hearty stew easybee. That's fantastic upmarket French food!

Callistemon21 Tue 04-Oct-22 17:14:34

SIL makes an excellent goulash.