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Traditional Stews from Around the World

stew-titleKeep warm with these traditional stew recipes!

veggies-2We know that winter can get pretty chilly and that we will all be looking for ways to warm up sooner rather than later. What better way to warm up than with a warm, hearty stew! Here are five traditional stews from around the world to help keep you warm this winter!

Beef Bourguignon
 – Originally a peasant dish, this stew is typically made with beef braised in red wine, beef broth, potatoes, onions, carrots, and garlic. Named after the French region where it originated, Burgundy (Bourguignon in French), this dish was made popular in the early 20th century by famed chef Auguste Escoffier. ~Beef Bourguignon Recipe~

– This is a popular dish in southern Asia and the name refers to a soup that is made from dried and split lentils, peas, or beans. Dal is usually eaten with rice and flatbread and the combination is known veggies-1as Dal Bhat. Packed with protein, Dal will give you plenty of fuel as it warms you up!
~Dal Makhani Recipe~

Gumbo – Originating in Louisiana during the 18th century, this stew blends flavors and cooking practices from French, Spanish, German, West African, and Choctaw cuisines. It generally consists of a bold and thick fowl or shellfish stock, celery, bell peppers, onions, and either a meat or shellfish. Cajun and Creole style gumbos are the most common to the region and are traditionally served over rice. ~Creole Gumbo Recipe~

Tagine – This middle eastern dish is named after the earthenware bowl in which it is prepared. Also know as Maraq in some regions, Tagine has many forms but usually contains a sliced meat, poultry, stew-pots-and-bowlor fish with vegetables and spices, and is served with bread. Some regions even include dried fruits such as plums, dates, and apricots forming a truly unique flavor! ~Lamb Tagine Recipe~

Yukgaejang- A Korean comfort food staple, this spicy beef and vegetable soup is served over rice. Usually made in large batches and shared amongst family and friends, this dish usually contains shredded beef, celery, garlic, onions, and sprouts. It is well seasoned with hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, chili powder, and black pepper. This stew is sure to keep you warm on a long winter’s night! ~Yukgaejang Recipe~

There you have it! Five traditional stews from around the world, sure to help keep you warm this winter. Do you have a favorite stew that we left off our list? Let us know in the comments!

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