Brunswick Bean Stew for Daring Cooks

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on April 14, 2010


Daring challenges are always surprising.  Some take days upon days.  Some take hours.  Some are mostly about a new technique and flavour.  This is one of the latter ones.  It’s simple (especially if you make it the way I did), delicious, and the most pure form of comfort food.  This was also my transfer meal.  I had my laptop open in the kitchen as I made this, dashing over every once in awhile to see what the darling Barbara of Vino Luci was doing or telling me how to do something with the new site.  I absolutely love the site, and I hope you do too!  Let me know if there are any quirks and I’ll do my best to fix them!

The 2010 April Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make Brunswick Stew. Wolf chose recipes for her challenge from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, and from the Callaway, Virginia Ruritan Club.

Brunswick stew is new to me, but I am very glad I was introduced to it.  It’s comfort food.  Chili-esque without the heat, and different flavours.  Essentially, a fantastic stew.  Mom asked me to write down the recipe stat and dad simply loved it.  It was good.  Even easier than pie!

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Brunswick Bean Stew
Adapted from the April 2010 Daring Cooks Challenge.  Adaptation by Lauren of Celiac Teen.
~4 strips bacon
2 potatoes (peeled if thick-skinned, leave skin on if the skin is thin), diced
1 onion, diced
1 very ripe tomato, diced
3/4 cup frozen lima beans
1 cup frozen corn
2 cans mixed beans
broth (chicken or vegetable – whatever you have on hand)
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp butter
tomato juice

1. Fry bacon in your stock pot.  Once cooked, remove from pan and place on paper towel.  Once cooled, crumble the bacon.

2. Place potatoes, onion, tomato, lima beans, corn, mixed beans, crumbled bacon, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and enough stock to barely cover the vegetables into the warm stockpot over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer.

3. Salt and pepper as needed and add the butter into the simmering pot.  Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender and liquid has reduced.  Add tomato juice (and stock) as needed to achieve the correct consistency.  Cover, if wanted.  Simmer for as long as you wish (I did about 1 1/2 hours), stirring every so often.

4. Remove bay leaf, serve and enjoy!

Stew and Bread
Doesn’t it just look so luscious and comfy?  Because it is.  It really is.
Bread for Stew
I also made some bread.  It’s not a perfect one, but it’s pretty good.  Just a little more fiddling for me to do (honestly one of my favourite parts).
Stew with Bread
A crusty piece of bread is the perfect accompaniment.  It’s warm and scoops up the stew in one clean swoop.  It also doesn’t look half bad in the thick and core-warming bowl of stew.

Yes, this is really quite tasty and comforting.  I skipped the multiple meats and went for a hearty bean stew.  Perfect for a chilly day.  I just hope that there are no more this month!  It’s nearly summer (a girl can dream, right ;D).  Anyways, besides the stew, I am loving the new version of my site.  Thanks again Barbara! PS: You can subscribe to the new updated feed!

Yesterday, I was also featured on Gluten-Free Frenzy, so go check that out!  Fun fact: Next week it’s not only my 17th birthday, but Celiac Teen turns two =D.  And yes, that is a print button.  Slowly, I’m making all of my recipes printable.  It’s another thing that’s in transition!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Silke April 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

Your stew looks so delicious. I want to dive right in with a spoon!

Audax Artifex April 14, 2010 at 1:54 am

I’m so glad that you made such a fabulous version of Brunswick stew with beans and your photos make it look so homely and a score on comfort food. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Your new site looks wonderful!!!!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

Lauren, I should have just made a bean stew too – I made it with chicken and ham (leftover from Easter) but wasn’t really happy with it – actually I was grumpy to be making a stew in beautiful spring weather to start with!! Yours looks like it was supposed to – thick and comforting!

Angelica April 14, 2010 at 5:19 am

lovely brunswick stew and i love the intensity of the color! The bread you made is also a stunner, great job on the challenge!

jo April 14, 2010 at 5:49 am

Love your bean version of this challenge. Great job and love the pictures.

Winnie April 14, 2010 at 6:16 am

Nice stew! Yours looks almost like a chili it’s so thick! Mine came out a bit more like a really chunky soup, but we enjoyed it a lot. Btw, I am just loving the way the pictures look on your new site, aren’t you! And yay for the print button too…

Katie April 14, 2010 at 6:32 am

I grew up in the south, and looked forward to ordering Brunswick stew anytime I went to a barbecue restaurant. Just the other day I cooked a huge pot of lima beans and was thinking that I should make Brunswick stew. This looks like the perfect recipe for me to try!

wic April 14, 2010 at 6:51 am

I love the stew. love the Bread and the Site. But most of all I love that you had so much fun with it all.
Great work on the challenge.

Divina April 14, 2010 at 7:16 am

Love the bread and the stew. Congrats on your move. I’m thinking of moving too and Barb is the person to call, as they say.

Anula April 14, 2010 at 7:27 am

Great looking stew! So nice and wholesome! :)
Cheers. Anula.

Shellyfish April 14, 2010 at 7:28 am

What a lovey idea- a bean version! I went with seitan & such, which I know wouldn’t work for you, but beans are great because they work for everyone!

Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

Love your chili-like version. great new site on WP my dear.

Wolf April 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Great job! It looks very yummy! Even that bread looks delicious! I’m glad you were able to create a version you could eat!

Rochelle (Acquired Taste) April 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Love the new site! It looks gorgeous!!

Glad to hear that the stew came out well for you even without the meats :)

Robert April 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Congratulations on the birthday but especially the two year anniversary. You are really showing your dedication to good food through your longevity.

Juliana April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Lauren, nice bean stew…looks very hearty and comforting.

Linda April 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Whohoo! Love the new layout of the site. Suhweet!

Your DC challenge is looking mighty tasty too!

elra April 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Wow, that sounds pretty delicious Lauren.

Valérie April 18, 2010 at 10:38 am

Hi Lauren, love the new site! I’d forgotten to suscribe to your new feed, but it’s done now! Great looking stew, love the pics!

gfe--gluten free easily April 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I love Brunswick stew and I greatly approve of your version! I might even make it for my support group meeting on Tuesday. Will use the crockpot and probably double it.

Congrats again on your new very lovely blog AND your 2-year anniversary! And, happy, happy birthday, dear Lauren! :-)


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