{Comfort Food} Savory Stew for a Southern Snow Day

For the second time in two weeks, we have significant snowfall on our little farm in North Alabama. Needless to say, all four of our children are beyond thrilled!


We spent all day out playing in the 8-inches of snow as well as taking care of our little farm.
As you can see, there is rarely a dull moment to be found around here!


After a day out in the snow, there is nothing more satisfying than a bubbling pot of stew.  I don’t know why, but it seems that soups will always warm me up quicker than anything else!  We love lamb here, so Mulligan Stew fits a snowy occasion perfectly.  Overflowing with meat & veggies, this stew fills as well as warms you right up!

Savory Mulligan Stew



2 pounds cubed beef tips
2 pounds cubed lamb
2-1/2 tsp salt, divided
11/2 tsp ground black pepper, divided
1/2 all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 medium yellow onions, cut into i-inch pieces
1 (8 oz) pkg of baby bella mushrooms
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup red wine
6 cups beef broth
3 cans (14 oz) of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
6 medium carrots, sliced into 1-inch pieces
4 ribs celery cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 Tbsp sugar
4 cups cubed potatoes
3 Tbsp fresh thyme
Garnish: Fresh thyme
1.  In a large bowl combine beef, lamb, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, add flour and toss gently to coat.
2. In a large Dutch oven, heat 4 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Cook meat for 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently until browned.  Remove meat and set aside.
3.To the pot add remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil, onion, mushrooms, and garlic; cook for about five minutes, stirring often.  Add wine and cook for two more minutes.  
Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, carrot, celery, sugar, remaining salt and pepper, and reserved meat.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, uncovered, stirring occasionally.  Add potatoes and cook until they are fork tender.  Add thyme, stirring until well mixed.
Garnish with fresh thyme if desired.
I went beyond the thyme garnish and added a tablespoon of Creme Fraiche.  With the texture of sour cream, it has a buttery taste that really added to my stew.   Don’t be afraid to try something new!

How has your week started out?  Is it snowing?  Raining?  What’s your favorite thing to eat on a snowy day?

5 thoughts on “{Comfort Food} Savory Stew for a Southern Snow Day

  1. Your soup looks yummy! I'm on a soup kick so I will be trying it out. Eight inches of snow in Alabama? Wow. Just wow. Glad that the kids are having fun. Hope that the rest of you can stay home and just enjoy.


  2. Oh, we are getting your snow from yesterday and the midwest's snow in one giant storm. We have about eight inches now and we'll probably get a few more before it all winds down. This is why I'm on a soup kick and a cookie kick. ;>


  3. This sounds so wonderful, I love stew and lamb and beef..never thought to put them together. I can't wait to try this…I'm Janice from Mz. Witherspoon's @ spoonwither.blogspot.com..I'm your newest follower, I hope that you will come visit soon and join me as well…your recipes are divine and can't wait to try them..I love to cook and crochet..thank you for sharing them. Hope to see you soon with love Janice


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