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Madeiran Tomato & Onion Stew

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Maderian


This really easy Maderian Tomato & Onion Stew is perfect for a really cheap and filling supper.


  • Splash Light Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, thinly sliced
  • Large Pinch Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove, sliced
  • 1 x 400g Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Madeira (optional)
  • 1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Crusty Bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil over a medium low heat in a medium saucepan until it is shimmering. Add the onions and a large pinch of golden caster sugar, and cook for 8-10 minutes or so, until the onions are soft and starting to go golden. Don’t worry if you’re getting brown bits on the bottom of the pan; they’re an important part of what will go on to flavour your stew.
  2. When the onions look like they’re about the start burning, add the sliced garlic and cook that until it only just starts to brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes, and scrape all the flavours off of the bottom of the pan into the stew. Swill a splash of water around in the empty can so you don’t waste any of the tomato, and season the stew well with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn the temperature up until it is bubbling, then put it back down to low. Allow the stew to simmer for 20 minutes. 
  5. Poach the egg in a pan full of boiling water (with the vinegar stirred into the water) for 3 minutes (you can find my tips on poaching eggs here).
  6. While the egg is poaching, add the Madeira to the stew, and season it to taste with salt, pepper, and depending on your brand of tomatoes a little bit more sugar if you think it needs a bit more sweetness. Serve straight away in a warm bowl, and enjoy!