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Updated on December 22, 2013

My Favorite Stew

A typical dish for the dark season, in autumn and winter, when outside the temperatures are going down, when it is colder, is a stew, or an one-pot-meal. In this region of Europe, especially more in eastern parts of Europe, "stews" are typical rural meals. I remember from childhood, my mother loved to prepare one-pot-dishes, or stews. It was easy, and such dishes were prepared very quickly.

In general there are two kinds of stews/one-pot-meals:

* those ones, where the sliced ingredients remain intact (not smashed); I always called them "soups with whole pieces";

* or the stews, based on "smashed" potatoes, where you can mix with different vegetables, even slices of meat; mostly they are served with some prepared piece of meat.

My favorite stew: smashed potatoes, mixed with carrots, and served with big slices of roasted smoked bacon.

Preparing Potato Carrot Stew

Main ingredients:

* potatoes, young carrots, 2 onions, 1 leek, (smoked) bacon

* pepper, salt, thyme, laurel, nutmeg, butter

How to prepare the "stew":

* in one casserole you melt the butter

* add the shredded onions, the sliced leek, and little pieces baked smoked bacon

(You can choose also pieces of saussage or pieces of another kind of meat, instead of bacon)

* in another casserole you cook the sliced potatoes and carrots

* add water to just above the ingredients, with 1 sprig of thyme and few laurel leaves

* when cooked: drain the water; then put without water for a minute back on the oven

and shake up the cooked ingredients

(You can choose and add your own favorite vegetables, instead of carrots)

* add some salt, pepper and nutmeg, and smash the potatoes with carrots,

so you will become a puree

* add the puree to the first casserole, and mix all very well

How to serve the Potato-Carrot Stew?

It's personal; everybody has his own taste.

You can change ingredients, also quantities, or added herbs...

So to change my stew, I also love "sprouts", instead of carrots, or savoy cabbage, or other cabbages (cauliflower, broccoli,...).

When my "main course", the potato-carrot stew is ready, I serve it mostly with some meat: a roasted sausage or bacon, a cutlet, or some kind of another roast.

When we sometimes go out to eat in a restaurant, I even choose the restaurant, where they serve excellent delicious stews.

Different variants of Stews

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Just a basic potato-carrot stewPotato-carrot stew with BratwurstPotao-carrot stew with roasted baconPotato-carrot stew served with a hamburgerPotato-carrot stew with slices of roasted porc meatSimple potato-carrot stew with a BratwurstPotato-carrot stew served with slices of cooked Polish sausageDifferent way of serving potato-carrot stew
Just a basic potato-carrot stew
Just a basic potato-carrot stew
Potato-carrot stew with Bratwurst
Potato-carrot stew with Bratwurst
Potao-carrot stew with roasted bacon
Potao-carrot stew with roasted bacon
Potato-carrot stew served with a hamburger
Potato-carrot stew served with a hamburger
Potato-carrot stew with slices of roasted porc meat
Potato-carrot stew with slices of roasted porc meat
Simple potato-carrot stew with a Bratwurst
Simple potato-carrot stew with a Bratwurst
Potato-carrot stew served with slices of cooked Polish sausage
Potato-carrot stew served with slices of cooked Polish sausage
Different way of serving potato-carrot stew
Different way of serving potato-carrot stew

Poll about Stews

Do you prepare sometimes a Stew?

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Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals - 125 Home Recipes from the Chef-Owner of New York City's Ouest and 'Cesca

The Stew Duel Debate

What do you think? Can you present a "stew dish" on a restaurant menu card?

YES it is...

YES it is...

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    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      thanks for your comment; every autumn/winter, I order my favorite stew in my favorite restaurant in my favorite city Hasselt...:)

    • Delia 4 years ago

      Yes, why not! I have ordered stew many times in restaurants

    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      thx so much for adding your comment

    • Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Absolutely! I would definitely order a stew at a restaurant!

    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      oh yes...very "yummy" ...with a crust...like the French "pomme gratin"...thx for your participation...

    • floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      Yes, but it needs to be presented "just so". I also like it Shepherd's Pie style: Twice baked with a nice crust. Yum!

    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      You can put EVERY dish on a menu card...

    NO - not at all

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          Delia 4 years ago

          Great recipe! I'm getting ready to make stew today...maybe I'll try this if I have all the ingredients

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          Fruitfulvine2 4 years ago

          @poldepc lm: You're welcome.

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @Fruitfulvine2: it is indeed very simple, if a man make prepare it :):):) And indeed: yummy delicious Thx so much for your nice comment, for all participations on several lenses...

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          Fruitfulvine2 4 years ago

          This is a very simple dish and looks like it would be delicious.

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @soaringsis: enjoy this yummy dish...:) ...thx for your comment

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          soaringsis 4 years ago

          I love potatoes and carrots, I must try these recipes Thanks for sharing..

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @VeseliDan: thanks so much for your visits, squidlikes, votings, participations and blessings...

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          VeseliDan 4 years ago

          That sounds delicious! *blessed*

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @BuckHawkcenter: of course...this stew without meat is perfectly possible; thx for your lovely comment

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          BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

          Your potato carrot stew looks delicious. I am always on the watch for new vegetarian recipes and the make it with out bacon looks good.

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @sunlightseer: "bon appetit"...Thx for your nice comment

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          sunlightseer 4 years ago

          They sound yummy! I'm going to save this for colder weather. Thanks

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @Sylvestermouse: all stews are delicious...thx for your nice comment

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          Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

          Nice lens. Like the new Autumn Theme you used on this lens. Will have to do a lens now. This recipe sounds good as they are some of my favorite vegetables.

          Anyway, Thank you for stopping by and giving my Shepard;s pie a "thumbs up". I appreciate it. Stop back by anytime.

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

          I have never eaten potato stew. Beef stew, yes. Potato soup, yet. But never potato stew. Sounds delicious!

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @Dusty2 LM: thanking you for your comment

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @kristalulabelle: thans for your great comment

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          Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

          Yum! Great recipe and a great lens!

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @anonymous: :):):) could try to send you a portion :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Too hungry to comment! :)

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @Wendy Leanne: there are indeed so many kinds of making stews...and also similar stews all over the world...I just love to eat them in periods of fall and winter...

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          Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

          My mom makes a similar stew. She uses a can of stewed tomatoes with added water as the broth and it's absolutely delicious. The stewed tomatoes give the potatoes and onions are great flavor.

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @flycatcherrr: I think, the "stew-recipes" are common over the whole globe?... :) ...thx for your visit and lovely comments...I appreciate your participations

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          flycatcherrr 4 years ago

          We like stew very much here on the east coast of Canada, too. I think it has something to do with the strong celtic heritage in this region. Also, the long cold winters!

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @floppypoppygift1: there are so many different ways to prepare "stews" or "one-pot-dishes"...because I'm not a real good cook, I always find the easiest way for some dish I like... :):):)

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          floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

          I usually make my stews in a crock pot and they turn out to be more like a thick soup. I always use Pot Roast for it. Yum!