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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 10:39:29 (permalink)
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If it doesn't have squirrel in it can it be "real" Brunswick Stew?  Not in my old neighborhood.


Of course it can be called real brunswick stew.  Mainly because where ever it is you're from isn't the only place that serves it...and isn't the only place to lay claim to inventing it.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:03:02 (permalink)
That is why I put in the disclaimer. "Not in my old neighborhood" 
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:20:11 (permalink)
We primarily made it with squirrel, because whoever taught my dad how to make it insisted that was the "right" way. But we also occasionally used rabbit. I honestly never knew until this thread that it was made (and apparently quite commonly) with meat other than small game.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:22:53 (permalink)
Has anyone ever made Bigos? Much the same ingredient controversy exists in Poland.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:26:39 (permalink)
A nice fresh stew.

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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 19:11:18 (permalink)
Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.
 
All this chit chat has me hungry. 
I'm going to try this recipe after the Super Bowl.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 19:30:35 (permalink)
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Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.


It would appear you misread your source because it says, "...  camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, went hunting for squirrels for stew. As the historical marker in the county reads, 'Matthews simmered them with butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew.' Later, chicken (and sometimes rabbit) replaced squirrel, and vegetables were added ... ."
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 21:21:13 (permalink)
While the dispute goes on as to where Brunswick stew originated, it seems pretty definite that , wherever it was, it more than likely contained squirrel.
http://www.justmecookin.c...nswickstewhistory.html
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 00:10:15 (permalink)
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While the dispute goes on as to where Brunswick stew originated, it seems pretty definite that , wherever it was, it more than likely contained squirrel.
http://www.justmecookin.c...nswickstewhistory.html

Did they use squirrel in the German version?
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 07:34:31 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim

Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.


It would appear you misread your source because it says, "...  camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, went hunting for squirrels for stew. As the historical marker in the county reads, 'Matthews simmered them with butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew.' Later, chicken (and sometimes rabbit) replaced squirrel, and vegetables were added ... ."


Even though one could not ascertain it from the posts here, 99.99% of all Brunswick Stews do not contain tree rodent/roadkill. 
 
(Just because there are some folk out there who put squirrel in everything from their spaghetti sauce to omelettes does not make it a 'traditional ingredient').
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 08:47:25 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim

Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.


It would appear you misread your source because it says, "...  camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, went hunting for squirrels for stew. As the historical marker in the county reads, 'Matthews simmered them with butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew.' Later, chicken (and sometimes rabbit) replaced squirrel, and vegetables were added ... ."


Even though one could not ascertain it from the posts here, 99.99% of all Brunswick Stews do not contain tree rodent/roadkill. 

(Just because there are some folk out there who put squirrel in everything from their spaghetti sauce to omelettes does not make it a 'traditional ingredient').
Reminds me of a dinner at my mother-in-law's house....she had prepared two squirrel pot pies for dinner. My sister-in-law said that there was no way she was eating a squirrel. Without missing a beat my MIL said..."that's OK Sally, one of them is chicken only". Sally shoveled in a couple of big servings and still raves to this day how great Mom's "chicken pot pie" was.

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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 08:53:26 (permalink)
I agree that 99% of today's recipes contain no squirrel, but Brunswick stew as well as Burgoo or the Bigos of Poland are all considered a type of hunter's stew and go back to a long time ago, I'll bet the vast majority contained squirrel traditionally.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 09:25:59 (permalink)

Here is a pot of bigos I made a while back.  Sorry, no squirrel.  Just kielbasa, ham and sausage,
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:03:17 (permalink)
That looks wonderful! Do you use cabbage AND kraut?
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:20:57 (permalink)
I use cabbage and a jar of Polish sauerkraut.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:38:06 (permalink)
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Here is a pot of bigos I made a while back.  Sorry, no squirrel.  Just kielbasa, ham and sausage,

Sounds like sauerkraut soup we make up here in the northern mid-west.  Onions, garlic,  kraut, bacon, smoked sausage, smoked paprika.  Served with a hearty rye bread.  Family favorite and winter time comfort food.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:42:01 (permalink)
Gotta love the Bigos! Grandson and wife spent 2 years teaching in Krakow and brought back the love. It's now on the rota for a few times a year. Did you ever try your hand at Zurek?
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 11:11:05 (permalink)
Never heard of it, but I googled it and it sounds good.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 12:22:49 (permalink)
*sigh* Is this one of those things about which people are going to draw lines in the sand, and never the twain shall meet? It's starting to shape up like beans vs. no beans or ketchup vs. no ketchup.
 
It's stew, for heaven's sake, not rocket science or brain surgery. There is no "wrong" way to make it, only what you like. Unless someone is making you eat something you hate or are allergic to, what does it matter what meat they use to make it?
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 13:00:35 (permalink)
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*sigh* Is this one of those things about which people are going to draw lines in the sand, and never the twain shall meet? It's starting to shape up like beans vs. no beans or ketchup vs. no ketchup.

It's stew, for heaven's sake, not rocket science or brain surgery. There is no "wrong" way to make it, only what you like. Unless someone is making you eat something you hate or are allergic to, what does it matter what meat they use to make it?


I don't think this has come close to the "beans vs. no beans" thing. If squirrel was readily available in the grocery stores, perhaps we'd see more of it in all kinds of recipes. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass if folks use.....well, er, a rat's ass in their Brunswick stew. So, no need for a "sigh"; life goes on and it's all good. btw, those that use ketchup on hot dogs do need serious help. 😉😜😝

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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 13:54:16 (permalink)
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I don't think this has come close to the "beans vs. no beans" thing. If squirrel was readily available in the grocery stores, perhaps we'd see more of it in all kinds of recipes. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass if folks use.....well, er, a rat's ass in their Brunswick stew. So, no need for a "sigh"; life goes on and it's all good. btw, those that use ketchup on hot dogs do need serious help. 😉😜😝

I actually did sigh, right out loud, so that's what I wrote. There are a couple of people who seem to be personally affronted by there being squirrel or not in Brunswick Stew. Me, I was fascinated to learn that it could be made using meat other than small wild game, since I'd never heard of it until this thread. Since I now know it can be (and apparently quite well), I've put it on my list of things to make again because I've not had them in years.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 15:00:40 (permalink)
Drive on down and pick up a few of the squirrels that are driving me nuts, so to speak.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 16:23:56 (permalink)
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 16:30:33 (permalink)
HEY CHEWY
 
Your next stew needs to be BURGOO! the staple of Western KY BBQ joints.  Love me some mutton
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 19:20:04 (permalink)
Every church event sells This stuff.Working on my recipe.
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/03/28 12:21:20 (permalink)
"Brunswick Stew" was actually a Jeopardy question (answer) last night. I thought I'd throw that in, since I know nothing else about the stew...
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/03/28 12:43:39 (permalink)
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Thanks to Roadfood, I ran the category!
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Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/03/28 12:56:21 (permalink)
Look out, Arthur Chu!!
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