Monday, December 7, 2009

Brunswick Stew

I remember coming home from school and walking into a house, a home filled with the delicious aroma of my mother's tasty cookies baking or supper in the making. Such a comfort. She is still such a great cook. I have said it before and I will say it again. She can butter bread and it will taste better than mine. I believe it's the love she puts into everything she does.

Next to my Moma, nothing speaks love and comfort like a warm bowl of Brunswick Stew, in my humble opinion. With the cooler weather I enjoy preparing this stew and other family favorites for my loved ones.

Today I made a pot of Brunswick Stew. Now I don't know if you have ever prepared this delicious stew or if you have even ever tasted it at all. Maybe you don't even care. One thing is for sure though. Many people care about the origin of this stew. Seriously. They call it '"Stew wars."  Read more here

It doesn't make any diference to me where the original recipe came from.
But, I do remember the first time I ever tasted it. I was about twelve years old and most likely at my 12th family reunion at Stokesville Baptist Church. I watched as everyone excitedly scooped up a cup of Aunt Dale's Brunswick Stew. I decided that it must be something worth standing in line for. I only got a small spoonful that year. When the next family reunion rolled around, you better believe I got more than a spoonful. I confess, I even broke in line.

When I got married I really did not know how to cook. Believe me, it took lots of practice and a husband with patience and a stomach of steel before I got to be an average cook. Anyhow, when I married,  I wanted to learn to make Brunswick Stew and  I found a recipe in an old cook book and played around with it til I got it just right. I offered jars of it to friends and shut-ins, always reserving some especially for my Daddy who still claims it is the best he has ever had. (awww...thanks, Daddy)

Well, at the request of a high school classmate, I am posting my nearly-famous Brunswick Stew recipe here....on my blog. I am sure there are many other versions of the stew. Perhaps, you even have one you would like to share. If you do, leave the recipe in the comment box. I would love to try yours.

Gina's Brunswick Stew

Use any combination of these to equal about 4 cups of meat:
Cooked, shredded pork
Cooked, crumbled ground beef
Cooked, chopped chicken breast

2 c. Chicken broth
3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 small bottle Ketchup
1 cup chopped yellow Onion
1 large can diced Tomatoes
1 can Tid-bit Corn
1 can English Peas

Combine everything in crock pot and cook slowly. Salt and pepper to taste.

1 comment:

shea said...

You just set my heart a flutter. And then I gasped when you posted the actual recipe. See, my first table food was Brunswick Stew. My family has a secret recipe that only a few have the privilege of knowing. It involves a lot of "gallons of" this and "whole" that and a cast iron pot over an open fire. I want to try yours, but I would be written out of the will if I shared our recipe. Thanks for sharing and I hope you understand! :)