Stews are one of the most popular dishes not just in Nigeria, but all around the world, and there is a good reason for that: these versatile, nutritious and filling culinary masterpieces are a great way to use all of your favourite ingredients in one stunning dish. However, to rookie cooks making a stew might seem like an intimidating task, but after you check out our 7 easy stew recipes, you’ll know there is nothing to be anxious about.
1. Irish beef stew
This stew is considered classic for a reason: when you try to imagine stew, a hearty beef stew is probably the first thing that jumps to mind, and this Irish beef stew is the best way to experience classic British cuisine. To prepare this stew you’ll need beef, carrots, celery stalks, onions, as well as beef broth, beer, flour, water, garlic, salt, and pepper. The key to a delicious Irish beef stew is to cook it exactly for how long it says in the recipe, which is an hour and a half.
2. Braised vegetables stew
If you’re keeping to a diet or simply want to serve an unusual side to your main meat dish, try this stew that is made of braised vegetables. Now is the perfect time to try this recipe! Take a cabbage, some radishes, turnips, onions, garlic, a couple of apples, a pear, chicken broth, oil, salt and pepper. Roast the veggies in an oven first, and braise in chicken stock afterwards. We know the combination of vegetables and fruits may seem odd, but just wait until you have a taste of this stew!
3. Chicken and mushroom stew
Chicken is one of the most popular meats in Nigeria: in addition to being tasty and healthy, it’s also remarkably affordable, which is why this stew recipe is a 100% winner! To make it you’ll need chicken breasts, your favourite mushrooms, bacon (optional), chicken stock, white wine, frozen peas, plain flour, garlic, salt, pepper, and butter. Combine the ingredients and simmer on the stove until the chicken is cooked to perfection. Serve with some pasta or couscous.
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4. Bean and sausage stew
If you’re looking for a break from traditional beef and chicken stew recipes, but still want to enjoy the filling sensation a stew gives you, try this bean and sausage stew. The ingredients you’ll need are: sausages, bacon, canned tomatoes with juice, canned beans, onion, tomato paste, garlic, vegetable oil, and salt. Like most stews, this one cooks together in one pot. Add the ingredients to a saucepan, bring to boil, and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, steering the mixture occasionally. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta.
5. Italian beef stew
We’ve already covered Irish beef stew, but this one is totally different. Although it’s still based on beef, the rest of ingredients will make you feel like you’re sitting in a small family-owned Italian restaurant. Here is what you’ll need: stew, tomato paste, baby carrots, frozen peas, red potatoes, beef broth, red wine, vegetable oil, water, salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients, cook at low heat for no more than 1-1/2 hours – everything depends on how tender the beef is. There you have it – a true Italian classic!
6. Mexican-style stew
Originally this stew is served in special biscuit bowls, but if you want an easy and hearty family dinner recipe, you won’t need the bowls. Take ground beef, a bell pepper, an onion, canned tomatoes, canned beans, chilli powder, salt and pepper. Put the ingredients into a soup pot, bring to a boil, and simmer under cover for 30 minutes. In the end you’ll have a delicious stew in a stunning broth that tastes best served over rice.
7. Creamy seafood stew
Every fan of seafood will fall in love with this recipe! This low-fat but delicious stew takes just half an hour to make and requires the following ingredients: frozen seafood mix, onion, vegetable oil, white wine, chicken stock, cream, and flour. First cook the onion, then throw in the rest of the ingredients along with defrosted seafood mix. Simmer for a couple of minutes, add the cream, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Serve the seafood stew on its own, accompanied by white bread with garlic butter.