This Girl Scout Stew Recipe is one of the best! Fill your belly with this comfort soup recipe. Be sure to check out these Easy Soup Recipes for even more yummy dishes and soups.
Growing up, my Mom cooked the same way I do now. She would look in her Pantry until she found some things that she thought would go well together and feed us growing kids. Then, we (like my kids) would pester her:
What are we having, but what is it called, what is it’s NAME!!!
until she finally made something up. LOL! Supposedly, this stuff is called Girl Scout Stew because it can be cooked over a fire, but I don’t ever remember eating this over a fire during Girl Scout camping! So, you know my theory!
NOTE: This recipe calls for 2 muffins of Frozen Seasoning Blend!
What is the difference between a soup and a stew?
Soups and stews are comfort foods that provide warmth during the colder months. Some believe these dishes to be virtually identical. However, there are indeed notable differences between them.
Generally speaking, a traditional soup will have a broth or clear liquid base which has been seasoned, while stews are typically made from meats and vegetables cooked in liquid until tender.
The consistency of a soup is usually thin, with small pieces of ingredients like meat, beans, or vegetables suspended within it.
The consistency of stew can vary from thin to thick depending on the amount of liquid used – however it often contains large chunks of ingredients that have been simmered for an extended period.
Both dishes can incorporate the same methods of preparation and the same types of ingredients – giving them similar flavor profiles – but resourceful cooks must follow different steps to achieve each type of dish.
What are good soup toppings?
Soup toppings can provide an interesting twist to a classic dish. Sprinkling herbs, spices, seeds, or nuts on top of a bowl of warm soup can add delightful flavor, as well as provide additional nutritional benefits.
Chopped fresh vegetables are one way to give your soup a crunchy texture and flavor combination; experiment with different peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes for various flavors.
Freshly squeezed citrus juice is another great topping for adding acidity and brightness to soups like minestrone or lentil; the sharpness can help balance out the richness of broths.
Lastly, croutons and crackers add wonderful texture and crunch – get creative with different flavors and styles, such as jalapeno cheddar croutons or sesame thyme crackers!
How do you store leftover stew?
Proper storage of leftovers is an important component of food safety. Stews can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Freezing is also an option; portion the stew into single-serving airtight containers and freeze it.
When reheating stew, ensure that it is heated thoroughly by heating it until it boils, then simmered for at least two minutes before serving.
By following these simple steps, you can take advantage of your leftover stew with no worries about food safety.
What is the most popular stew ingredient?
One of the most popular ingredients used in stews is beef. This is primarily due to its versatility.
Its naturally rich flavor also provides stews with an unparalleled depth and complexity that has made it a perennial favorite.
Other popular stew ingredients, such as vegetable and herb combinations like those found in Italian minestrone or chicken stock and smoked paprika, add variety to traditional beef-based recipes without sacrificing the homey comfort that defines all types of stew.
- 2 cans beef broth
- 1 small can of Tomato Paste
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced Tomatoes
- 2 muffins of Frozen Seasoning Blend
- 2 pounds beef
- 2 cups rice
- 1/4 stick butter
Brown hamburger, drain, and add beef broth and tomato sauce.
Season to taste – I typically add seasoning blend, a couple beef cubes, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper
Prepare rice according to directions, adding 1/4 stick of butter to water as well as salt
Mix sauce with rice and serve.