It is often said that the backbone of British and Irish cuisine is the richness of its stews and casseroles. There are so many traditional recipes that it would be almost impossible to list them all. However, there are some hearty stews and casseroles that are essential to British Isles cuisine.
There is little difference between a casserole and a stew. A purist would say that a casserole goes in the oven and heats the dish on all sides, while a stew goes on the stove and heats from below. Another difference is that a pot used for cooking is called a casserole. It has also become known as a cooking method. However, the two are relatively interchangeable as the end result is very similar. Whatever you call them, one thing is for sure; These dishes are favorites for the cold winter months.