Last Tuesday I cooked my first whole chicken, and it provided dinner for Andrew and me on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We saved the bones, and on Saturday I used them to make chicken stock. With the stock and about half of a breast that was left, we decided to make Brunswick stew for dinner that night. I turned to the internet to find a basic recipe and quickly discovered that there are hundreds of variations with very little consistency. So we improvised.
This recipe is great for Less Meat Monday or Stewsday!
Double Bean Brunswick Stew
1 qt chicken stock/broth
3 oz chicken, cooked and shredded
1 15-oz can black beans
1 15-oz can white beans
frozen carrots (1 bag)
frozen corn (1 bag)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
4 oz tomato paste
3-4 c fresh spinach
1 pat of butter
Worcestershire sauce (generous splash)
White wine vinegar (splash)
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
The complicated steps: Put everything except spinach in a large pot; stir and heat. A few minutes before serving, add spinach and stir.
As is the case with most stews, the longer you let it simmer, the better it will taste. We used frozen and canned veggies because we were short on time, but you can certainly use fresh produce if you have more time to let it cook! You can also add more water if it’s too thick for your taste buds. Andrew really doesn’t like Lima beans–something I consider a staple in Brunswick stew–so we used other varieties. You can leave out the chicken entirely if you’d like, or you can add more! It’s a very adaptable recipe.
All in all this was a very good, easy, quick stew. I love soups and stews because they are a great way to squeeze in veggies and swap beans for meat without really noticing the difference. Speaking of foods with lots of fiber, if you’re looking for a more filling, tasty alternative to those popular detox cleanses, this may be your ticket. It, uh, keeps things moving the way they are supposed to. 😉
I am trying to be less wasteful when it comes to food, so I am very pleased with the fact that we are using every bit of that chicken! In addition to the three nights we ate the meat, the stew fed us Saturday, Monday, and there’s enough remaining for one more meal. Heck, yes!
Happy Stewsday to all!
-Have you ever made Brunswick stew? What do you consider to be the key ingredients?