#MeatlessMondays – Mushroom Stew (Estofado de Champiñones)

Estofado de pollo (chicken stew) is one of the dishes Peruvian cooks make at home on a regular basis. This simple yet extremely tasty dish is healthy, satisfying, and easy to prepare, making it a favorite of people of all ages and backgrounds. Many countries have their own versions of a homey chicken stew, and we can’t say the idea is 100% Peruvian; but wherever it initially came from, this recipe is now a Peruvian staple, that’s for sure.

A few weeks ago I was browsing through The Everything Peruvian Cookbook, our shiny new book, and found the recipe for estofado de pollo. I thought it was time I made a vegetarian version of this dish, and this mushroom stew is what resulted of this experiment. I first wanted to use morel mushrooms as they are in season in New York, where I live, but since I couldn’t find them that day I just went with regular button mushrooms. Instead of white rice, the way Peruvians eat this, I used brown rice to get more fiber and nutrients into my dish. Call me un-Peruvian, but I really never cook white rice for myself anymore, as brown is not only much healthier, but for me it’s tastier too (I like its earthy flavor). I loved my vegetarian estofado. What do you think?

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  1. I made your stir fry mushroom with French fries once and loved it. However, I can’t seem to find the recipe again. Help!!

  2. Well, First of all, I wouldn’t worry that you version of this dish is 100% Peruvian as it originally hails from Spain.

    That being said, if the ingredients for your Mushroom Stew (Estofado) is any indication of your Chicken version…I think you have a pretty good handle on the recipe!

    My wife, born in Huancaspata Peru has been making her Estofado just like this for years. She, like her mother, and her mother’s mother…, add ingredients that seem to be traditional to her family…namely a good tablespoon of paprika…and they rarely add wine.

    This is like any other “stew” produced on the planet. Ya put in it what ya got! So, don’t worry about any food Nazis that want to nit pick your recipe…you’re doing fine!

  3. Beautiful! I love learning vegan versions of traditional foods. This one is easy to convert! Do you mind if I use this photo in my Peru gallery for my upcoming retreat?

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