Welcome back. We knew you would be coming. Everyone gets hungry, so it’s time to put on that apron, head to the kitchen, and make a dish just like your favorite anime characters would. This week we are taking a look at the superhit that is Show By Rock!! It had a successful first season, the second mini-season came, and now we have a full-length episode official second season here for fall 2016. Things could not be possibly better!
We are tweaking the format of this series starting with this week to focus on a single recipe in order to give more in-depth assistance as well as food to ensure that you will be able to make these foods with no problems. Let’s dig right on into this delicious dish!
Cream Stew from Show By Rock!!
Cream Stew is a standard Japanese dish much like curry or sushi in that it is eaten often when in season. The girls of Show By Rock!! know what’s up when they order it and dig right in. From the image below, you can get a feel for what a standard cream stew looks like. Cream stew, much like its name, has a while base that is spiced, not spicy, and often loaded with vegetables.
In the case of this anime, you can see what appears to be chicken, potatoes, broccoli, and heart shaped carrots. These are very common ingredients that appear often in it. With this dish, which is rich, creamy, and perfect for those cool days, cream stew can be considered a perfect all in one dish. Potatoes will give you carbs, the chicken gives you your protein, and the veggies are there for everything else. The roux, however, will most certainly give you your fat. Pumpkin is a great addition to this as is squash and of course an onion! Read on down below to learn how to make this delicious dish. No Roux? No worries! We will show you how!
That is it? We can do this!
What you will need:( Note: Serves 4+ people. )
This recipe was made in mind with those of us who like to eat meat. Never fear though because vegetarians can easily enjoy this dish! Just omit the chicken. Do not try to make this with tofu as you will be boiling everything and the tofu will just disintegrate. Beans could be an alternative as well as long as you do not mind them creamy.
How to Cook It:
1Let’s start with the roux. If you have instant roux, set it aside and skip down to step number 5. Everyone else, let’s make this roux!
2In a pan on medium-low heat, melt the butter. Sift your flour into the pan and then turn the heat down to low stirring constantly.
3Once the butter-flour mixture has become thick, it will start to shrink and thicken. Continue to stir as this can burn easily.
4Once it has shrunk considerably, add in the first 3/4ths of the milk and begin to stir the milk in add in the rest of the milk along with the nutmeg, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Once thick and creamy, set aside for later.
5For the stew itself, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and then roll it in some flour mixed with the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
6Heat up a frying pan and begin to cook the chicken. Flip the chicken every minute or so, so that it does not burn.
7Add in your veggies as well along the perimeter of the frying pan. Sautee the veggies.
8Add in your cooking wine or sake and turn up the heat a little. Once the alcohol has cooked off, it takes a few minutes, flood the pan or pot with water.
9Do not fully submerge the food but rather to about 3/4th depth and bring the pan or pot up to a boil.
9Once everything boils, turn back down the heat to medium-low and simmer. Skim any scum that may rise to the top. Add in the thyme and bay leaves.
10After about 10-15 minutes, or the vegetables look translucent, take out the bay leaves, cut the heat, and melt in your roux bit by bit.
11Once all of the roux has been added and fully melted into and mixed, you are done!
12If it is too watery, then feel free to add in some flour bit by bit to thicken it up. Do not add too much at once or you will get flour pockets which are not cool.
13Pat yourself on the back and dig in!
(Double Note: The jury is out on bay leaves. Some say it is safe and some do not; that eating the actual leaf is toxic. To be on the safe side, please do not eat it. Remove it and THEN enjoy your cream stew! )