When the winter blues get you down, there’s nothing like a hearty stew to warm you up and help get you through to spring! Stews, in various forms, are eaten all around the world for their warming effects making them one of those cross-cultural similarities that bring people together no matter where they’re from. Here at NetCost Market, we’re going to give you three brilliant stew recipes that are essential to surviving winter so you can keep all your friends and family warm!
The wind battered island of Ireland can be a bleak and hospitable place in winter. With nothing but the endless Atlantic Ocean between it and the east coast of the US, it’s constantly bombarded with ice cold rain and strong gales (the English version of a hurricane) from November to March. Their answer to getting through this is the humble Irish Stew, a thick broth of vegetables, bacon, and slow cooked lamb!
You will need (serves 5): ¾ lb. thickly cut bacon – diced, 3 lbs. boneless lamb shoulder – diced into 2-inch pieces, ½ tsp. salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 2 cloves garlic – minced, 1 large onion – finely chopped, ½ cup water, 2 cups beef stock, 4 cups diced carrots, 2 potatoes – diced, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 2 bay leaves.
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The Russians know a thing or two about dealing with the cold, which is probably why they’ve developed the most hearty, meaty, and indulgently warming stew of them all – the Russian Solyanka. This stew is designed to keep you warm when temperatures get well below freezing, so it’s the perfect way to keep yourself nice and warm!
You will need (serves 6): ½ cup mixed mushrooms, 3 cups hot water, 4 lbs. stewing beef, 4 Polish kielbasas, ½ lb. smoked bacon – diced, 6 marinated mushrooms, 15 olives – pitted, 1 cup pickled gherkins – diced, 1 onion – chopped, 2 cloves garlic – diced, 1 carrot – diced, 6 baby potatoes – diced, 2 bay leaves, ½ tsp. black pepper, 1 tbsp. butter, 500g diced tomatoes, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 2 tbsp. chopped dill, 2 tbsp. chopped parsley, sour cream and lemon slices for serving.
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Hungarian Paprika Potato Stew
This traditional Hungarian stew is perfect for getting warm this winter without the need for eating meat! Using the warming properties of dried paprika, this stew easily stands up to those that contain meat!
You will need: 2 lbs. potatoes, 1 large onion, ½ bell pepper, 1 clove garlic, 1 small chili pepper, ½ can of tomatoes, 2 cups vegetable broth, 1 tbsp. sweet paprika, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 1 tsp. hot sauce, salt, pepper, pickles for serving.
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When winter gets you down, there’s nothing like a hot, homemade, hearty stew to get you through the worst of it! At NetCost Market, we have everything you need to make the perfect winter stew and at an unbeatable price! With a selection of specialty foods from both Europe and the US, we’ll have all your bases covered!