There’s more to the world of stew than just beef, potatoes, onions, and gravy. You can toss just about anything in a pot, add some broth, crank up the heat, let it simmer until it’s soft, and baby, you’ve got a stew goin’.
Case in point: the following five recipes, which prove you can make a stew for every taste:
Classic Beef Stew
This may be just your basic beef and potato stew, but it doesn’t have just your basic flavor. The addition of Emeril Lagasse’s Essence seasoning blend takes it up a notch. Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy the special seasoning blend — the ingredients are just common spices, and are included along with the recipe. BAM!
Not a fan of beef? No problem. This scrumptious sausage stew can be made in the crockpot, making it simple to prepare a lot of so you can have leftovers all week long. Use hot Italian sausage if you want to add a little kick, and stretch the recipe even further by serving the stew over hot cooked rice.
Get a little further away from the traditional stew with this chicken stew recipe. No beef or potatoes here — chicken, beans, tomatoes, and spices bring the flavor. While this recipe recommends you use bone-in chicken, you could easily substitute boneless skinless chicken breasts if you don’t feel like dealing with the bones.
Spicy Tofu Stew
Lots of people think they don’t like tofu — but that’s often because they’ve never had it prepared correctly. This low-cal spicy tofu stew, featuring extra-firm tofu, chili sauce, and bell peppers, might just change their minds. If you’re worried the cooked tofu in this recipe will be a little on the squishy side, you can always bake or pan fry it and add it to the stew near the end of cooking time.
Stew with no meat? What is this sorcery?
This sorcery is curried red lentil and Swiss chard stew with chickpeas. If you’re the type who thinks a meal just isn’t a meal without meat, try this stew. Devoted carnivores, beware: this delectable vegetarian dish might just tear your culinary worldview asunder.