Stews and chowders these heartwarming hearty soups deserve categories all on their own. But how did they become more than just soup?
This time of the year there is one thing we all know for sure. We are not short on heartwarming hearty meals in a bowl. From chili’s to soups, from stews to chowders there is something for every day of the week.
But! What makes them so different from each other is what make them all special and unique in their own way.
Soup: a liquid dish, typically made by boiling meat, fish, or vegetables, etc., in stock or water.
It is rumored that the first soup ever made was back in 6000 BC and it was hippopotamus soup.
Soups are usually runnier and consist of a thinner broth than its cousin’s stew and chowder.
Stew: a dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan.
The worlds oldest evidence of stew was found in Japan.
Stew is usually backed with veggies and protein with a broth that is thick like gravy, very similar to the chowder.
Chowder: a rich soup typically containing fish, clams, or corn with potatoes and onions.
In 1890, the magazine American Notes and Queries stated that chowder was of French origin. It was custom among French settlers in Canada to stew clams and fish that was laid in with bacon, sea biscuits, and other ingredients in a bucket called a “chaudière”, and it thus came to be invented. The Native Americans then adopted it as “chawder”, which the Yankees later named chowder.
Just like it’s cousin stew, chowders base is more of a thick gravy consistency however the difference it chowders are usually veggie-loaded or seafood loaded. Beef and chicken are rarely used in chowders.
Instant Pot Lamb Stew Provençal
"The flavors of the southern France region of Provence sing in this hearty lamb stew with root vegetables… Instant Pot Lamb Stew Provençal is fragrant with fresh rosemary and Herbes de Provence, and ready in an hour with your pressure cooker!"
New England Vegan "Clam" Chowder (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)
"A healthy plant-based twist on the creamy New England classic! This New England Vegan “Clam” Chowder recipe is gluten-free and top 8 allergy-free, with none of the dairy or clams! An easy & quick meatless meal the family will love that’s still hearty and satisfying!"
Smoked Salmon Chowder
"This rich, satisfying Smoked Salmon Chowder is a creamy, indulgent bowl of tender chunks of potato, bites of savory smoked salmon, and bursts of briny capers. Serve it with some crusty bread (or better yet, in a bread bowl!) for a perfectly delicious meal that your whole family will enjoy!"