Thursday, December 9, 2010

Food Time - Stew Mission

Ever since the holidays started, well... ever since it started getting cold out, I've been on a mission to make hearty soul comforting meals.

I've noticed that most of my big meal making happens on Sundays.

A few weeks ago after I purchased a new Martha Stewart Cobalt Blue Cast Iron Casserole Pot and ever since then, I've been on a stew mission.

My first stew exploration was an Old Fashion Beef Stew... I used a recipe from SoGood TV (click on the link to check out the video)

It was pretty simple to make this dish, and I made just enough so I could have left overs the next night.

The first night, I served the beef stew over white rice, I added a few sliced tomatoes on the side and topped it off with some fresh baked bread from a local Colombian bakery.

Beef Stew =

End Results =

The second night, I served the beef stew over white rice again but this time as a side dish I made platanos asados con queso or baked ripe plantains with cheese (I didn't use a recipe to make the platanos asados con queso, I've seen a few people make it and decided to give it a try). It's pretty simple... just take a ripe platano, peel it, butter it up, bake it for 20 minutes or so, take it out of the oven, slice it down the middle, add some mozzarella cheese and put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes.

It's warm, sweet, cheesy and delicious.

Platanos Asados con Queso =

I'm still on my stew kick, so the other night I made chicken stew. I served the chicken stew over white rice, and the sides were fried plantain and a avocado.

Chicken Stew over white rice and fried plantain =

I put together a little slide show of all the ingredients I used in making the two stews.

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I can't wait to try out more hearty stews, casseroles, and chili's in the next few weeks.

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