Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Warming Autumn Stews-For Canines and their Companions A Tasty Tuesday Hop Post

Fall is upon us


and the weather is getting cooler which means its time to start cooking up some warming soups and stews.  For the hounds I made some Chicken and Rice stew in the slow cooker using a recipe from my favorite magazine, BarkI love making stews as kibble toppers for the dogs its cheaper then quality canned food and you can use really nutritious ingredients.  I particularly like making them in the slow cooker since the effort involved is nill.  

Can I  have some Chicken Stew please!

 Chicken and Rice Slow Cooker Stew (for Canines)

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 4 sweet potatoes chopped (unpeeled)
  • 7 carrots diced 
  • 1 bag frozen green beans, Cascadian Farms
  • 2 cups brown rice

In the slow cooker layer the rice, 5 cups of water, sweet potatoes, carrots, beans and chicken.   Cook according to the slow cooker setting of your choice, I cooked mine on high for 5 hours.  

Short Rib and Red Wine Stew for Canine Companions (Humans)

Ugly picture, but it tastes delicious over mashed potatoes

  • 4 1lbs of bone in beef short ribs
  • 3 tbsp veg oil
  • 3 chopped yellow onions
  • 2 chopped Parsnips
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped 
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bottle of red wine (I used Zinfandel)
  • 8 sprigs thyme, or 2 tsp dried
  •  4 sprigs oregano, or 1 tsp dried
  • 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 4 cups beef stock, low salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Season short ribs with salt and pepper.  Heat the oil in large oven proof pot or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Brown the ribs in 2 batches about 8 minutes per batch, make sure to brown them on all sides.   Transfer ribs for a plate and pour off all but 3 tbsp of fat from the pot.  Add the veggies and cook until brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the flour and tomato paste and cook 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is a deep red.   Stir in the wine, and add the short ribs.  Add the herbs and garlic to the pot.  Stir in the stock, bring to a boil, cover and place in the oven.  Cook 2 to 2 and a 1/2 hours.  Remove as much as the fat as possible form the top of the stew.   (You can make this a day ahead which makes it easier to skim off some of the fat the next day).  Serve with mashed potatoes.


  1. oh how yummy!
    i can only imagine how good your kitchen smells right now!
    i am going to make these recipes this weekend!
    P and Z are adorable!
    have a super day!

  2. Woof! Woof! Happy Tasty Tuesday! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  3. Wonder if we could come over
    Benny & Lily

  4. Oh man, that looks SOOOOO much tastier than my kibble! I don't think I have lived until I get to taste that stew.
    -Love, Sid.

  5. Both recipes look delicious, but I'd have to switch them! I won't eat meat on a bone and Petunia can't eat poultry.

  6. I am dwooling all ovew the pootew seeing this

    you woofies suwe have the pawfect Mom !!!
    What a tasty way to eat

    and I love that puggy costoome..soopew cute
    smoochie kisses