According to one story, Brunswick stew was named for Brunswick County, Virginia. Apparently, in 1828, Dr. Creed Haskins of the Virginia state legislature asked for a special squirrel stew from "Uncle Jimmy" Matthews to feed people attending a political rally. Brunswick, Georgia residents claim their stew is the original. It's just as likely the stew -- or at least a very similar version -- was created much earlier. With the original ingredients of game (usually squirrel) and corn, and long simmering over an open fire, it's typical of early native dishes.
These days, Brunswick stew most commonly made with chicken or a combination of several meats, which might include rabbit, beef, and pork. Onions, corn, and tomatoes are usually included, and many recipes call for lima beans, peas, and/or okra.
Brunswick Stew Recipes:
Brunswick Stew With Chicken and Tomatoes
Georgia Style Brunswick Stew
Brunswick Stew With Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lima Beans
Brunswick Stew With Chicken and Ham
Crockpot Brunswick Stew
Brunswick-Style Chicken and Biscuit Casserole
Brunswick Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings
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