International Stew Ideas

My friend Sean posted something similar to this on Facebook and I thought it was a simple, smart, idea-generator for creating inventive stews and other International dishes. Once you’ve got the basic savory ingredients for a stew (onion + meat/protein + broth), you can play with the following combinations.

Note: Vegetarian and vegan meat substitutions can include cubes of tofu, slices of seitan, tempeh cubes, cooked beans, or split peas.

BOLIVIA—corn oil, animal fats, cooked quinoa, chunks of acorn or butternut squash, potatoes, bell pepper, onions, oregano, cumin, chili pepper flakes, beans, corn, beef, pork, chicken

BRAZIL—corn oil, animal fats, black beans, onions, chopped tomatoes, kale, oregano, parsley, bay leaves, sliced sausages, beef, pork, lamb, boar

CHINA—sesame oil, shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger, shallots, green onions, water chestnuts, green beans, tamari, toasted sesame oil, chili pepper flakes, Five Spice powder, sliced carrots (Chinese rice wine in broth), rice, pork, poultry, beef

FRANCE—extra virgin olive oil, butter, red wine, herbs d’provence, saffron, parsley, thyme, marjoram, bay, sage, tarragon, nutmeg, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, poultry, fish, beef, lamb, rabbit

GHANA—peanut oil, peanut butter, red/green chilies, thyme, garlic, onions, ginger, peppers, curry, basil, nutmeg, sumbala, tetrapleura tetraptera (prekese) and bay leaf, cubed sweet potatoes, tomato paste, beef, pork, goat, lamb, chicken, smoked turkey, tripe, fried fish

HAWAI’I—coconut oil, pork fat, sesame butter (tahini), tamari, wasabi, soy sauce, chili sauce, fresh ginger, Five Spice powder, garlic, chopped kale, yams, onions, rice, poultry, pork, fish, seafood

HUNGARY—animal fats, paprikas (smoked, hot, bittersweet, sweet), black pepper, onions, chicken, pork, beef, game animals, finished with sour cream

INDIA—butter or ghee, ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, fresh peppers, onions, rice, poultry, fish, seafood, beef, buffalo, goat, pork, lamb, finished with yogurt

IRAN—extra virgin olive oil, raisins, walnuts, cardamom, allspice, saffron, lime zest, pomegranate molasses, onions, rice, lamb, chicken

IRELAND—Kerrygold butter, animal fats, Guinness, carrots, potatoes, savoy cabbage, onions, tomato sauce, caraway, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, powdered mustard, lamb, beef, pork, fish, seafood

ITALY—extra virgin olive, red bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cannellini beans, basil, red wine, lemon juice, rice, pasta, beef, pork, rabbit, many cured meats, poultry, fish, seafood

JAPAN—sesame oil, miso paste, dried bonito flakes, mirin, tamari, wasabi, chili oil, chopped wakame and other seaweeds, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, enoki mushrooms, rice, udon noodles, chicken, beef, pork, fish, seafood

INDONESIA—coconut oil, coconut milk, cumin, coriander, onions, ginger, green beans, carrots, lime juice, rice, beef, goat, chicken, fish, seafood

JEWISH NY—butter, onions, celery, carrots, parsnip, parsley, dill, kosher beef, lamb, goat, poultry, fish

MEXICO—corn oil, animal fats, anise, coriander, cumin, thyme, allspice, oregano, clove, chili peppers, raisins, ground almonds, Mexican chocolate, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, rice, corn meal, poultry, beef, fish, seafood

MOROCCO—extra virgin olive oil, onions, Moroccan dry-cured olives, harissa, cumin, saffron, ras al hanout (roasted cumin, ginger, peppercorn, chili peppers, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, coriander, paprika, fenugreek, turmeric, saffron, dried rose petals), rice, beef, goat, lamb, chicken, seafood

NEPAL—butter, cumin, bay leaves, turmeric, coriander, onions, tomato, cilantro, rice, buffalo, goat, chicken

PALESTINE—extra virgin olive oil, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, eggplant, zucchini, onions, rice, chicken, lamb, seafood

REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA—extra virgin olive oil, onions, kalamata olives, walnuts, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, cayenne, tarragon, clove, cilantro, rice, chicken, turkey, pork

SOUTHEAST ASIA—coconut oil, coconut milk, fish sauce, shrimp paste, (miso paste is a decent sub for fish sauce/shrimp paste), lime juice, rice vinegar, Thai basil, cilantro, galangal, lemongrass, shallots, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind, garlic, five-spice powder, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, chili peppers, scallions, rice, rice noodles, chicken, fish, seafood

SPAIN—extra virgin olive oil, cubed potatoes, saffron, bay leaves, parsley, capers, eggplant, zucchini, onions, rice, beef, chicken, fish, seafood