How do you make Brunswick Stew ?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Dipsy Doodle Doo, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Here, it's not a side dish, it's the main course.
    Basic ingredients are
    ~1 chicken
    ~1 lb of well-seasoned sausage
    (brown sausage, drain, and set aside)
    Boil chicken with salt, celery and onion.
    Drain and reserve stock. Pick meat from boiled chicken and set aside.
    Taste stock for seasoning and adjust.
    Add to boiling stock:
    an onion (chopped)
    about half a bunch of celery (chopped)
    Garlic (to taste, we like lots of garlic)
    2 28 oz cans of tomatoes (crushed, if they aren't already.)
    That is the base.
    To that add the veggies.
    2 cups whole kernel corn(frozen)
    2 cups garden peas(frozen)
    2 cups diced carrots
    2 cups diced potatoes(we like carrots more than potatoes, so I adjust.
    Then let all that simmer for as long as you can stand.
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Where I come from Brunswick stew is made with the meat boiled from a hog head. No chicken. No sausage.

    I got my recipe from an older woman from Brunswick, Ga.
  3. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Whole chicken, or drumsticks, I cook them in the crock pot overnight with garlic salt, celery salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Reserve stock.

    Debone the chicken.

    Add half the stock, a large can of tomato sauce, "creole" seasoning, chicken, potatoes (cubed), simmer for an hour.

    Add corn, simmer for additional 20 minutes.

    And that's it! My husband won't eat most kinds of veggies, so we limit it to corn, potatoes, and a tomato-y flavor from the sauce.

    In my older than the hills cookbook, it states that New Brunswick Stew was originally made from rabbit.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2008
  4. Dogginfox

    Dogginfox Songster

    MissPrissy- Would you be willing to share that recipe with us? I like to BBQ a few whole pigs a year and would love to finally have a use for the head!!!
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Okay, I talked to several of my elderly Aunts who routinely make the stew. I questioned the use of chicken and all of them told me if they don't have several hogs heads then and only then do they add other meat and not just chicken but specifically a hen or two.

    The recipe I got from a lady from Brunswick , Ga did not have chicken in hers. I have never used chicken but obviously I have eated it with chicken in it.

    Where I live in Va is very different than where I am from in Ga. In the grocery stores it is rare to find a capon or a hen specifically labled as such and separate from the other chicken products. When I asked why a hen and not just chicken I was told the hen had a richness to it that plain chicken lacks.

    This was cooked for a large crowd of 50 - 75 family members at a time at least 4 times a year.

    So, the recipe is -

    5 - 7 hogs heads. Cleaned (no eyes, brain etc)
    1 - 2 hens - if needed

    In a xtra large stock pot add the hog heads and cover with water. Allow to slow cook for as long as 12 - 24 hours until the meat has begun to fall away.. Allow the meat and heads to cool. Pick every scrap of meat from the heads. This will be the most tender meat as it lays right against bone. Finely shred the meat. If youneed to add a hen or two slow cook the same way. Pick all the meat from the bones and chop or shred it finely and mix with the pork. You want this so fine it is almost mush but not quite! You still want to be able to see the grain of some of the tiny slivers of meat.

    There isn't a specific measurement for broth but you want it a little less thick than a hearty stew but you don't want it thin like soup. You want the consistancy of 'hash' which is what this really is as it is eaten over a bed of rice.

    So in a pot add back the meat(s) and enough of the broth(s) to to make a somewhat thick mix.

    You want to add

    2 - 4 large Vidalia onions, finely chopped
    6-8 cloves of garlic, minced

    Saute until the onions are clear. You may need to fine chop again or run throu a food mill before adding to the meat. You really don't want to be able to see the pieces of onion or garlic.

    2 quarts of tomatoes finely chopped (remove the seeds)

    Add , the onions, garlic and tomatoes to the meat and stock.

    Allow to simmer and continue to thicken.

    8 - 10 large potatoes finely diced

    You want the potatoes to begin to cook away. There will only be slivers of potato.

    Add vegetables (Since it is winter you will want frozen veggies)
    sweet white cut from the cob
    sometimes there is okra, sometimes not
    sometimes butterbeans, sometimes not

    If it is not rich enough from the tomatoes you will need to add tomato paste or ketchup. We most often use ketchup.

    Salt and pepper. You have to taste it before you season it. The meat will need salt when cooking. The addition of potatoes will require salt. Tast it and add it as it is needed.

    Let this cook down until it is thick. If you like a kick to it add tabasco to taste.

    Serve it over a bed of rice.

    You will eat yourself crazy.

    I was surfing looking for a photo of what the stew I am accustomed to eating looks like and found this one.


    This is NOT my photo but it looks like the stew we make.
  6. bamagirl68

    bamagirl68 Songster

    Sep 3, 2007
    central alabama
    I am making this one today. I haven't made it myself but was served this (at a wedding!) and it was delicious! Let me know how it turns out!

    Crock Pot Brunswick Stew

    1 lb ground beef
    2 small Castleberry BBQ pork
    2 cans Swanson's white chicken
    2 cans stewed tomatoes
    2 cans cream corn
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1 bottle hot ketchup
    pepper sauce to taste

    Brown meat and drain. Cook onion in micrewave 2 minutes until tender.
    Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on high 4 hours or low for 6
    hours. Use a large crock pot. Makes 3 quarts stew. Freezes well.
    Sounds easy enough for anyone to make!

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