30 Top to Toe Warming Winter Stews and Casseroles

  • 01 of 07

    30 Top to Toe Warming Winter Stews and Casseroles

    Stew Collage
    Elaine Lemm

    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...MORE 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.

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  • 02 of 07

    Traditional Stew and Casserole Recipes form Britain and Ireland

    Irish Stew
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    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.

    Irish Stew Recipe

    Dublin Coddle Recipe

    Welsh Cawl Recipe

    Beef Stew and Dumpling Recipe

    Lancashire Hotpot Recipe

    Venison Stew Recipe from Valentine Warner

    Next ... Top...MORE Lamb and Beef Recipes for Long Slow Cooking

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  • 03 of 07

    8 Top Beef, Lamb and Mutton Stews Recipes, Perfect for Slow Cooking

    Luscious Lamb Shank Recipe. Annabelle Breakey/Digital Vision/Getty Image

    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.

    My Mum's Oxtail Stew Recipe

    Beef, Leeks and Mushroom Casserole

    Beef in Red Wine Recipe

    Slowed Cooked Brisket...MORE Recipe

    Slow Cooked Shoulder of Lamb Recipe

    Shoulder of Lamb with Mushrooms and Beans

    Braised Lamb Shanks

    Braised Mutton with Creamed Leeks

    Next Page for Pork Casseroles

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  • 04 of 07

    Long, Slow Pork Casserole Recipes

    Pork and Cider Casserole. gordana jovanovic / Getty Images

    The pig of course also has wonderful cuts for long slow-cooking. Here are a few of my particular favourites.

    Cider and Pork Casserole Recipe

    Braised Pork and Rhubarb Casserole

    Spiced Braised Shoulder of Pork Recipe

    Quick and Easy Chicken Casserole Recipes Next

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  • 05 of 07

    Quick, Easy and Delicious Chicken Casserole Recipes

    Spicy Lentil Chicken Recipe
    Spicy Lentil Chicken Recipe. Photo © Elaine Lemm

    Poultry is the meat of choice for quick cooking, casseroles can me made in the fraction of a time using beef, lamb or pork.

    Spicy Chicken and Lentils

    Cauliflower and Chicken Curry

     Chicken Balti

    Quick Chicken Casserole

    Next Often Forgotten Rabbit and Goat Stew

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  • 06 of 07

    Goats and Rabbit Stew Recipes

    Spiced Goat Stew
    Spiced Goat Stew. Photo © Elaine Lemm

    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.

    Moroccan Spiced Goats Stew Recipe

    Rabbit with Bacon and Turnips Recipe

    Not British but So Good  ...

    Brive Style Braised Rabbit Recipe

    Spanish Rabbit...MORE in Tomato Sauce

    Spanish Rabbit in Tomato Sauce


    Next Up, Meat Free Hearty, Warming Stew and Casserole Recipes

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  • 07 of 07

    Meat Free Hearty, Warming Stew and Casserole Recipes

    White Bean Casserole. GettyImages-155159068

    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.

    White Beans and Tomato Casserole

    Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

    Vegetarian Chickpea Curry