Star stews

Dress up comfort food for autumn entertaining
LINDA LAU ANUSASANANAN

Italian Peppered Beef Stew (Peposo)

Moroccan Lamb Tagine

Creamy Polenta

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Gremolata

Fluffy Couscous

Preserved Lemons

Harissa

When it's time to throw a party, seemingly humble stews are often overlooked. But take a second glance, because these dishes have many virtues. They can be made ahead, and they take well to either buffet or plated service. With our simple browning technique which lends color and deep, succulent flavor to the meat ― they're easy to cook.

Best of all, though, you can add garnishes to transform any stew from comfort food to a stylish party dish.

Our two very special stews ― a peppery Italian beef stew and a savory Moroccan lamb tagine ― stand on their own, but they're true stars when embellished with fresh gremolata or homemade harissa. Add a green salad, and you have a party dinner that's perfect for warming up fall's chilly nights.