01 of 07
30 Top to Toe Warming Winter Stews and Casseroles
If is often said that the backbone of both British and Irish food is the wealth of wonderful stews and casseroles. There are so many traditional recipes it would be almost impossible to list them all. There are, however, some stalwarts and no list of British or Irish stews is complete with out them.
It is not all tradition though, lovely as they are, there are now many 'foreign' recipes which have made their way into our food. It may be arrogant to say they belong to these shores, but... they are most certainly loved here.
What is the Difference Between a Stew and a Casserole?
There is little difference though a purist will say a casserole is placed in the oven and a stew on the stove top/hob. The two. however, are totally interchangeable as there is little difference in the cooking methods. . Another point of difference is a casserole is the name of the pot used for cooking and slowly has become known as the cooking method as well.
Next up ... England, Ireland and Wales' Favourite Stews.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Traditional Stew and Casserole Recipes form Britain and Ireland
Ireland's national dish is an Irish stew - a recipe which traditionally was always made with mutton, but more often nowadays, is made with lamb - equally a Dublin Coddle comes high on the list. In Wales it is a Cawl. England has many local specialties, including the famous Hotpot and what could a stew ever be without some dumplings.
Next ... Top... Lamb and Beef Recipes for Long Slow CookingContinue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
8 Top Beef, Lamb and Mutton Stews Recipes, Perfect for Slow Cooking
Beef and lamb are two of the favourite meats for stews and casseroles, mainly because they render many of the cheaper cuts which are perfect for long slow cooking. In this list tails, shoulders, shanks are just if the few featured. And another great meat is mutton; young lamb is quicker and to cook, whereas mutton, is a terrific meat from an old sheep and works best, long, slow cooked.
Shoulder of Lamb with Mushrooms and Beans
Next Page for Pork CasserolesContinue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Long, Slow Pork Casserole Recipes
The pig of course also has wonderful cuts for long slow-cooking. Here are a few of my particular favourites.
Spiced Braised Shoulder of Pork Recipe
Quick and Easy Chicken Casserole Recipes NextContinue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Quick, Easy and Delicious Chicken Casserole Recipes
Poultry is the meat of choice for quick cooking, casseroles can me made in the fraction of a time using beef, lamb or pork.
Next Often Forgotten Rabbit and Goat StewContinue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Goats and Rabbit Stew Recipes
It is easy to forget some of the less popular - but equally if not more - delicious meats which make fabulous casseroles. One of may favourites is goat. Goat is a lovely, lean meat and cuts like the shoulder in this recipe, when slow-cooked, produce a wonderful rich, flavourful dish. Goat is available from many good butchers and can be ordered on-line.
Not British but So Good ...
Next Up, Meat Free Hearty, Warming Stew and Casserole RecipesContinue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Meat Free Hearty, Warming Stew and Casserole Recipes
Vegetables, grain and pulses make excellent casseroles and stews. You may to plan your cooking if your dried beans need soaking beforehand (check the recipe). This Tomato and White Bean Casserole is a hearty, filling, vegetable casserole, perfect for chilly days and you can use either soaked or canned beans.