Every region of the country has its big, burly stew, from gumbo to chili to cioppino. This is a classic **Kentucky Burgoo Recipe**, done with a menagerie of wild game: Pheasant, squirrel and venison.
Don’t worry if you don’t have squirrel, venison and pheasant on hand all at once. The only true rule in burgoo seems to be that you need at least three different meats, so let your imagination wander: Chicken is obvious, as is pork. But lamb, rabbit, hare, other game birds, duck, muskrat, whatever. It’ll all get hammered into submission in this stew regardless.
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 to 2 squirrels or rabbits, cut into serving pieces
- 2 to 3 pounds venison, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
- 3 to 5 pheasant legs/thighs (bone-in)
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 quart pheasant or chicken stock
- 1 quart beef or game stock
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 large potatoes
- 1 bag of frozen corn (about a pound)
- 1 bag of frozen lima beans (about 14 ounces) or canned black-eyed peas
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco or other hot sauce on the side
Pour the oil into a large Dutch oven or soup pot and set the heat to medium-high.
Working in batches, brown all the meats. Do not crowd the pan or the meat will
not brown well. Salt the meat as it cooks. As they brown, move the various
meats to a bowl.
Add the onions, carrots, celery and green pepper to the pot and turn the heat to high.
Cook the vegetables until they are well browned; you might need to add a little
more oil to the pot. When the vegetables have browned, add the garlic and cook
for 1 minute. Add back the meats, along with the chicken and beef broths and
the tomatoes. Stir to combine and add salt to taste. Bring to a simmer, cover,
reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 hours.
Fish out the meat pieces. Strip the pheasant and squirrel off the bone. Tear the
large pieces of venison into bite-sized pieces. The reason you did not do this
right at the start is because venison will stay moister when it cooks in larger pieces.
Return all the meat to the pot and return the stew to simmer.
Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks about the same size as the meat pieces.
Add them to the stew and simmer until they are tender. Add the Worcestershire
sauce, mix well and taste for salt. Add more Worcestershire sauce to taste if needed.
Finally, add the corn and lima beans. Mix well and cook for at least 10 minutes,
or longer if you’d like. Serve with cornbread and a bottle of hot sauce on the side.
This is one of the best Sunday stews you can make, not only because it’s great
on Sunday, but the leftovers will reheat beautifully all week long, for either a quick
supper or for lunches at work.
You can see this recipe here http://honest-food.net/2013/12/27/kentucky-burgoo-recipe/