A mix of fresh and cured beef and pork gives this classic Russian sweet and sour soup heft.
A wine-simmered dish of meat and vegetables is cooked in a dough-sealed pot is Alsatian through and through. It's an improvised meal of odds and ends that cooks for hours at low heat while you go about your business and emerges from the oven with enormous flavor.
You can get a bowl of green chili most anywhere in the American southwest, but New Mexicans are particularly proud of their chile verde, with its hunks of juicy pork shoulder and tart tomatillo-based sauce.
This rich, spicy stew of beef, pork, root vegetables, and greens became a staple in Philly, where West Indian hawkers advertised it with cries of "pepper pot, smoking hot!"
During cooking, okra exudes a thick liquid that gives this hearty Cajun stew a sumptuous, silky texture; a little filé powder, made from dried sassafras leaves, further thickens and enriches it. But the backbone of this gumbo, and the source of its smoky flavor, is the roux made by toasting flour in hot oil until it is a deep red-brown.
Bigos—a Polish stew of pork shoulder, bacon, kielbasa, and sauerkraut is perfect for every celebration.
Eaten hot or cold, vegetarian or with shreds of beef, enriched with a dollop of sour cream and wisps of dill, the beet-based soup is the quintessence of good Eastern European cooking.
Ciorbă (from the Turkish çorba) is the Romanian name for a soup that has been soured—in this case, with a generous shot of fresh lemon juice. Pork-and-rice meatballs bring savory flavor and substance to the paprika-spiced broth.
This recipe for a hearty soup made with cassava, beef, chicken, and pork is based on one in Secrets of Colombian Cooking by Patricia McCausland-Gallo (Hippocrene, 2004).
This recipe is based on one that appears in German Home Cooking by Dr. August Oetker. The addition of a little flour gives the soup a smooth texture, while celery root adds an earthy note.
This deep, purple dish is a classic German accompaniment to a hearty meat course.
In this gumbolike stew, tender hunks of dried beef, beef chuck, and a smoked sausage called calabreza are simmered with okra.
Bigos, or hunter's stew, is one of Poland's national dishes.
Young, tender chinese mustard greens add a pleasing bite to this light soup.
The subtle bitterness of the purslane gives way to the tang of the tomatillo broth.
This stew, though eaten throughout the year, is most popular in Sardinia in the winter, when wild fennel is at its peak.
We adapted the recipe for this traditional soup from Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman.
Maple syrup is big business in La Beauce; it flavors many dishes, including this one.
The recipe is from Ktown's popular B.C.D Tofu House.