Updated December 20, 2016.
Wonderful gluten free soup and stew recipes can be created with the simplest ingredients and from foods you might otherwise overlook, perhaps, even discard.
The truth is, it’s just knowing how.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the mouthwatering meals you can turn out in a relatively short period of time once you know the tips and techniques that really work.
Stock is the basis for so many delicious foods and is especially important in making scrumptious gluten free soup and satisfying stew recipes.
Consider them a blank canvas to building great meals.
Think of them as a jumping off point for good things to come.
Make your stocks by adding ingredients that evoke the most flavors; pack your stock with meaty bones and lots of vegetables.
Follow the techniques in my stock recipes to stretch precious food dollars, preserve nutrition and boost flavor.
Master the art of stocks and broths, and you will create award winning cuisine earning the esteem of those you nourish.
Cooking homemade gluten free soups don't have to be an all-day cooking affair; they can be quick weeknight meals and are a terrific way to use up the leftovers collecting in your refrigerator.
In about a half hour or less, you can enjoy family pleasing meals.
To a delicious stock, add chopped leftover meats and vegetables, and then warm the soup just enough to heat through the leftover ingredients.
If using fresh vegetables, sauté them in a little butter or oil until tender crisp to preserve their nutritive value and bright flavor before adding them to warmed stock.
While stocks might be the blank canvas for gluten free soup and stew recipes, seasonings are the paint on your palette. A dab here and a swath there . . .
. . . It takes an artistic bent and a certain amount of fearlessness to explore the fascinating and complex world of herbs and spices, so you achieve the right balance of seasonings to make an outstanding soup or stew.
While they are not stock or broth based, cream soups are an opportunity to push the boundaries of goodness and richness.
Use them instead of stock to counter slim amounts of leftover meat ingredients, or to serve as meatless meals. Cream soups complement vegetable ingredients, making them a gourmet treat.
Add powdered milk to increase calcium and protein, and to make soups and stews even creamier.
Or, use both stock and cream to create a base mixture to make a delicious hybrid of lusciousness and health building vitamins and minerals.
There’s a saying, “The tougher the meat, the better the taste.”
It’s not an old wives tale . . . it’s true!
These are the kind of meats to use in stews.
The making of a savory stew is similar to stock cooking techniques used to make the most of nutrition and flavor.
To significantly shorten cooking time, marinate the meat overnight in an acid based marinade. Drain and dry the meat before using.
Sear dredged meat for 10 to 15 minutes before adding to the stew pot. Throw in a few cracked bones and cover with leftover vegetable water.
Add some apple cider vinegar to dissolve the calcium in the bones and to shorten cooking time, and then add some salt to draw out the juices. Slow boil until the meat is fork tender, but not falling apart. Remove the bones.
Add leftover vegetables and heat through before correcting seasonings and finishing off the gravy.
If using fresh vegetables, sauté them in a small amount of butter or oil until they are tender crisp before adding them to the stew pot; or add leftover vegetables and heat through.
Correct seasonings and finish off the gravy. Simmer for 10 minutes more to blend flavors, and then add ¼ cup chopped, fresh parsley before serving.
Beef Stew American’s have a real love affair with old fashioned beef stew. It’s delicious! Once poor man’s food, beef stew became a mid-century comfort food favorite. Today, old fashioned beef stew is served with flare at high end gourmet restaurants.
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