As the mercury drops and our cocooning instincts kick in, comfort food that requires minimal effort is high on our list of priorities. A satisfying bowl of home-made stew ticks all the boxes on a cold winter’s night, whether you’re planning to simply curl up on the couch and catch up on your favourite series, or dish up a wholesome meal to share with friends and family.
What could be easier than combining flavourful seasonal ingredients, turning the heat down low and slow, and letting the magic happen while you get on with more important things? Take your pick: the selection of recipes below includes traditional meaty classics, Oriental styles and vegetarian staples.
1. Oxtail stew by Madiba’s former chef
A traditional favourite from Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen by chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya, who used to cook for Tata Madiba. Get the recipe.
2. Mexican vegetable stew
Vibrant spices lend a fragrant punch to a satisfying dish that is perfect for meat-free Mondays. Get the recipe.
3. Braised pork belly and kimchi stew
A rich, exotic take on a classic home-style stew, with the addition of thick-cut pork belly and kimchi for a kick. Get the recipe.
4. Spanish chicken stew
Refreshing coconut and smoky chorizo are the stars of this moreish chicken stew. Get the recipe.
5. Beef Bourguignon
Prepare this variation of Julia Child’s traditional winner a day in advance to allow the delicious, earthy flavours to develop. Get the recipe.
6. Tuscan veggie stew
A classic Italian stew packed with vegetables must be one of the tastiest ways to keep the cold at bay. Get the recipe.
7. Korean stew with tofu and vegetables
A wholesome Korean staple with chunky tofu and refreshing zucchini for a fuss-free weeknight supper. Get the recipe.
8. Wild mushroom and beef stew
A rich and comforting stew combining fragrant mushrooms and tender meat, with layers of rewarding flavours. Get the recipe.