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Kentucky Burgoo


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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds boneless beef shank trimmed of fat
  • 2 pound boneless lamb shoulder trimmed of fat
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 medium onions quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 medium fresh hot red pepper quartered
  • Water to cover
  • 1 whole chicken or hen - (3 to 4 lbs) cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots
  • 1 cup medium-diced green bell peppers
  • 1 pound Idaho potatoes peeled, medium diced
  • 2 cups chopped peeled, seeded tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans strings removed, and cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 8 fresh cornbread muffins hot
  • 8 fresh biscuits hot


Servings 6


Step 1

In a large, heavy pot, over medium heat, add the oil. Season the beef and lamb with salt and pepper. When the oil is hot, sear the meat, in batches, for a couple of minutes on all sides. Add the quartered onions, garlic cloves, and pepper. Cover with water (about 3 to 4 quarts). Bring to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 3 hours.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. During the last 1 1/2 hours of cooking add the chicken. Remove the meat, chicken and vegetables from the pan, set aside and cool. Discard the vegetables.

Add the remaining vegetables and brown sugar to the pot of hot liquid. Continue to cook for 1 hour. After the meat has cooled, cube the beef and lamb into 1-inch pieces. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and discard. Dice the chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add the cubed meat and chicken to the vegetables, continue to cook for 30 minutes. Reseason if necessary.

Ladle the stew into serving bowls. Serve with hot cornbread or biscuits. Garnish with parsley.

This recipe yields about 6 to 8 servings.

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