18 Head-to-Toe Warming Winter Stews and Casseroles

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It is often said that the backbone of both British and Irish food is the wealth of its stews and casseroles. There are so many traditional recipes that it would be almost impossible to mention them all. However, there are some stews and casseroles which, without, no list of British or Irish stews is complete. You only have to look at these 18 Head-to-Toe Warming Winter Stews and Casseroles to see why, as there is something for everyone.

What is the Difference Between a Stew and a Casserole?

There...MORE is little difference, though a purist will say a casserole goes in the oven and a stew goes on the stove top - the oven heating the dish all around, while the stove top heats the dish from just the bottom.

Another point of difference is a casserole is the name of the pot used for cooking and slowly has become known as the cooking method as well. The two, however, are relatively interchangeable as the end result is very similar.

Below we provide a list of our 18 favorite stews and casseroles that no household is complete without during the winter months. 

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    Traditional Irish stew

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    Top of any list of delicious stews and casseroles must be the Irish national dish of Irish stew. Traditionally the classic stew was made with mutton, but as this is becoming increasingly hard to find, lamb is used which tastes as good but more tender.

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    The ultimate comfort food must be a classic Dublin Coddle. In this hearty stew, you will find salty bacon, sausages, and heaps of potatoes. If you are ever lucky enough to visit Dublin, Coddle is on sale in many bars and pubs. Not visiting? Then make your own at home, it's easy!

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    Traditional Welsh Cawl
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    A real classic stew coming from the tiny country of Wales is Welsh Cawl. What makes this one stand out from the rest is it is both a stew and a soup - two dishes in one. The Welsh will first drink the broth followed by the meat and vegetables in a separate bowl.

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    Beef stew and suet dumplings

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    The English also know a thing or two about stews and their famous offering involves lots of beef, vegetables, and rib-sticking dumplings. The dumplings must be made with suet to be authentic but there are substitutions you can use. 

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    British Corned Beef Hash
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    The ultimate in comfort food has to be the Corned Beef Hash. This stew is so, so quick and easy to make. Buy the best beef you can; it is worth it. 

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    Lancashire Hot Pot
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    If there were a contender for the title of Britain's favorite casserole it so could be the Lancashire Hotpot. So popular is this dish filled with onions, beef, and crispy potatoes, it is known quite simply as "Hotpot." 

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    Oxtail Stew
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    Oxtail stew was, for many, a thing of childhoods as for many years this stew fell out of fashion, or rather the eating of tail did. However, it is back now, recognized for the fabulous, tasty meat it is. 

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    Beef and Leek Stew
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    Beef is the main meat of this warming winter dish and here it is teamed with chunks of nutritious leeks and for an added texture and taste mushrooms, carrots, and onions. So healthy as well as delicious. 

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    Brisket and Noodles
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    For far too long a beef brisket was an underrated cut of beef more often reserved for the barbecue or smokehouse. Well, not in Britain. The brisket is a perfect meat for long-slow cooking, and it is a relatively cheap cut too, so perfect for those family suppers.

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    Shoulder of Lamb Casserole
    Elaine Lemm

    Lamb can so often be expensive, but if you look for a shoulder, you may be surprised at how cheap they are. A shoulder of lamb, however, must be slow-cooked for a long time to allow the meat to tenderize. You will not be disappointed.

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    Pork and Cider Casserole
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    This super warming, tasty casserole brings together two lovely British ingredients, pork and cider, a match made in heaven for sure. And, if these two don't already make this a super dish, a hefty dose of French tarragon finishes it beautifully. 

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    Cauliflower and Chicken Curry
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    Cauliflower is enjoying a massive rise in popularity in recent years, and here it shines together with chicken thigh meat. Curry is a quick form of a casserole, and here it is fast-cooked and easy to make, so it makes a great mid-week supper.

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    Chicken Balti
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    Another fast-cooked dish teeming with deliciousness is a Balti Curry. Balti denotes foods with a Pakistani or the Kashmiri origin, and in Britain, the city of Birmingham is considered home to this style of spicy casserole.  

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    Quick Chicken Casserole

    Here is a recipe you will return to time and time again as this is one of the quickest and tastiest chicken casserole recipes. From this basic casserole, you can play with the ingredients to create whatever you want. What is not to like?

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    Spiced Goat Stew
    Elaine Lemm

    Fancy ringing the changes from the usual beef, chicken, or lamb? Then you can't do better than cooking some healthy and lean goats' meat. Add to this a hefty dose of warming spices, and you have a perfect winter's dish.

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    White Bean Casserole

    As you will see with this vegetarian recipe, beans, herbs, and fresh vegetables make a super, hearty, filling winter dish which happens to be deliciously healthy too. 

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    Chickpea and Coconut Curry
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    Another meat-free recipe which packs a punch oozing in goodness, texture, and flavor is this chickpea and coconut curry recipe. Oh, and it is super easy to make too. This one also freezes well, so why not make a big batch?

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    Cauliflower Curry

    The best food is made with the freshest of ingredients and when cooked quickly, retains all the goodness, which is why this cauliflower and chickpea curry is so, so good. Doesn't hurt that it is easy to make.