Regional Specialty: Brunswick Stew

Although residents of Brunswick, Georgia, and Brunswick County, Virginia, both claim to this recipe as their own, we can probably all agree that it is the quintessential recipe for lean times. It's a one-pot meal designed to make use of whatever ingredients find their way into the kitchen...

Historically speaking, Brunswick stew is basically a hunter's stew made with the odds and ends of whatever was brought home the day before, a dish that has been made for centuries with various regional flairs and additions. In the south, the meat was often rabbit, squirrel, or venison - though you're more likely to see chicken, pork, or beef these days!

While this is definitely a "kitchen-sink" type recipe and is adapted to whatever is on hand, a true Brunswick stew usually makes sure to include tomatoes and lima beans. Okra is also sometimes used, which helps to thicken the stew.

Simmered slowly all day long, the result is a thick, nutritious stew that will feed a crowd. Depending on the region, the stew then is served with biscuits, cornbread, or hush puppies.

Here are a few recipes from around the web!

Virginia Brunswick Stew from Chow.com
Brunswick Stew from Epicurious
Brunswick Stew from Taste of Home

Have you had Brunswick stew? What's your favorite version?

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(Image: Romulo Yanes via Epicurious)