Brrrr! I don’t know about where you are but down here in Raleigh, NC it’s been freeezing! I went on a long run this morning as I’m training for the Wrightsville Beach Half-Marathon and it was a chilly 9 miles! One of my favorite winter dishes to eat ever since I was little is Brunswick Stew. DaGa and my mom used to make it all the time in the winter and it’s a healthy dish sure to warm you up! One great thing about it is it freezes well too, so you can make a double batch, let it cool, and fill up Ziploc freezer bags and freeze.
I was looking up the history of Brunswick Stew as it’s an essential Southern winter staple and apparently there’s a fight over where it originated… Brunswick, GA or Brunswick County, VA. Since I’m a Virginia girl I’ll say Brunswick Stew was invented in Virginia of course! Some of the main ingredients for most recipes are lima beans, tomatoes, corn, meat, and other vegetables. I wanted to try it with okra, but my Northerner husband threw a hissy fit. I will next time 😉
Southern Brunswick Stew:
- 2 cups frozen or fresh sweet corn
- 2 cups frozen or fresh lima beans
- 2 lbs. chicken breast or tenders
- 2 cans diced tomatoes ( I use organic/no salt added so I can control the amount of salt!)
- approximately 1 lb. potatoes
- 2 onions
- approximately 10 cups of water
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
First dice up your onions.
Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a LARGE pot on medium heat.
Add the onions and saute for about 3 minutes.
Add in the 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
Add in the chicken breasts or tenders. Boil until they are cooked all the way (mine look pink here, but they weren’t… I think it was the lighting)This will make your chicken stock. Remove the chicken and let cool slightly.
In the meantime dice the potatoes and add to the chicken stock and boil.
Shred the chicken with two forks or by hand and add back into the pot.
Add in the lima beans and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Finally add in the corn and let cook for about 20-30 minutes on low heat.
For best results save and eat the next day so the flavors can all marinate together, but if you’re like me it’s so good it’s too hard to wait! Here are two essentials that I must have with my Brunswick Stew.
Have a great weekend!