Back to the stew...
Brunswick Stew is a Southern invention. I imagine an old cook with leftover pulled pork and cooked chicken making the servants meal and realizing she was onto something great. Some of the ingredients sound odd, but they are all traditional for the stew. It's a masterpiece. You must try it.
Here is my version!
Here's what you need:
1 quart of chicken stock (I prefer Kitchen Basics, if you can find it)
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of ketchup
3 chicken breasts (you need whole chicken breasts, and you can even use bone in for more flavor)
IF you already have a cup or so of shredded pulled pork, throw that in. You won't regret it.
1 large red onion, or 3/4 cup of diced onion
1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce (no that is not a typo)
1 bag of frozen sweet corn
1 can of lima beans
1 cup of diced potato
2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/8 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp dried sage
1/4 cup of butter
Texas Pete, or your favorite hot sauce
Here's how you make it:
Throw everything in a pot. :)
Just kidding. But, close! No need to sauté or brown the chicken or anything. I even started with frozen chicken. Pour the stock and tomatoes into your pot or slow cooker. Add the meat, onions, ketchup, Worcestershire, spices, and butter to the mix. I added a nice sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper before stirring. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for an hour. Check your chicken for doneness and if you are able to, shred it. Add it back to the pot, throw in the potato, corn, and limas (peas or green beans work too if you don't cheer for the lima team). Like my chicken, my veggies were frozen too! Cook for another 15 minutes or so until bubbly and delicious.
When you are ready to serve, easy peasy. Grab some fresh lemon, squeeze it over, and dash on a couple drops of ol' Texas Pete. He loves the stuff.
This recipe is delicious, diet friendly, a great way to get veggies into your kiddos, awesome for getting over a cold or the flu, and totally freezable. It has complex flavors that makes it different and unexpected. And if you grew up on Brunswick Stew.... you're home. Fill your belly with it. It's a good thing. :)
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