This creamy ham and potato stew is very easy to make and the best thing about it is that you can add other ingredients and it still turns out great. Delicious with full-bodied flavor.
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Stew on a Cold Day
The wind is blowing, and it is 35 degrees F. outside. This is a perfect day to make stew or soup. Today stew won. It can be made quickly and warms up the insides after coming in from the cold. Since I can’t seem to make a small amount, there is enough to feed a crowd. The visitors can enjoy some stew too.
Use What is in Your Pantry
While I say red onion in this recipe, it is what I happened to have on hand today. You can certainly use a yellow or white onion. Additionally, if I had celery on hand, I would have cut that up and cooked it with the onions. Today, I didn’t so, no worries…just made it without. Same goes for the potatoes. Family friends gave me a bunch from their garden – all kinds. I used them all. Cooking as opposed to baking is very forgiving. Often, I swap out one ingredient for another. This is how new recipes are made and new family favorites are found.
Using Roux as Thickener
Roux is pronounced (rue or roo). It is a combination of butter, flour and usually milk. This simple combination of ingredients does wonders in adding flavor and thickening soups and stews without having lumps. This roux mixture is also the basis of gravies as it thickens without lumps. If you have never made roux before, give it a try.