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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

A pan-Southern Classic for the Daring Cooks April 2010 Challenge - Brunswick Stew

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This month's Daring Cooks Challenge was a Brunswick Stew. Brunswick Stew is a classic dish from southeastern United States. Stew is a dish that I make quite often. Although I had never had a Brunswick stew before. Well, apparently we cannot call a stew a Brunswick Stew unless all the ingredients and seasonings are used according to the recipe. So, I guess mine was a vegan UnBrunswick Stew or just a Lovlie Stew. The original recipe uses chicken broth along with meat originally game. I used vegetable stock with pinto beans as meat substitute.
For more flavour I added a pinch of cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper.
If you want to add onions to the recipe, sautee them just before adding the tomato puree in the recipe below.

The Daring Kitchen

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.


Ingredients (4 to 5 servings)

3 medium potatoes (diced)
1 medium cauliflower head (cut into florets)
1 can plum peeled tomatoes (made into puree)
2 cups pinto beans (boiled)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or 2 if the tomatoes are more on the sour side)
1 vegetable stock cube
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder (or 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Salt to taste
Dash of cayenne pepper
Water to make the sauce

  • Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add in potatotes.
  • Cook on medium heat until half cooked, adding water occasionally if required to avoid burning.
  • Add in cauliflower florets. Cover and let cook until both potatoes and cauliflower are almost done.
  • Remove from pan, set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add in tomato puree, cumin, vegetable stock and ginger. Sautee for a few minutes until starting to reduce.
  • Add potatotes and cauliflower. Stir and mix well.
  • Add beans and peas.
  • Add about 1 - 2 cups of water or more (depending on the desired sauce consistency).
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until sauce starts to thicken and vegetables are cooked. Adjust heat and cook uncovered to reduce the sauce to desired consistency.
  • Add maple syrup, cayenne pepper and salt to taste.


  1. Awesome job with the challenge! I loved how versatile this challenge was, so I would absolutely still call yours Brunswick Stew, though I do like "Un-Brunswick Stew" :) And great idea to add cauliflower. Your stew looks so hearty and sounds so flavorful. I hope you enjoyed it!

  2. I LOVE the colour of your dish.

    Btw - I really like the banner of your blog :)

  3. What a beautiful photograph! And, thanks for sharing your recipe, it will be part of my meal plan for next week!

  4. I simply love the look of your stew! The cauliflower makes it look so light and tasty. I am no vegetarian myself, but I will definetly try this out!

  5. Cauliflower you are a girl after my own heart I wish I had thought of that and I still think you did a Brunswick stew just YOUR version of it. Bravo on doing a veggie version of this classic. Wonderful looking photograph also, cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  6. Wow, stew looks so comforting and delicious.

  7. Lovely un-brunswick stew you've got there! Extra props for attempting the vegetarian version. Looks delicious!

  8. it sounds and looks delicious.

  9. It is really awesome to see how other vegetarians changed up the recipe to make it work! The cauliflower looks really cool in there, and I bet it worked well flavor-wise, too. Whatever you ultimately choose to call it, your Brunswick inspired stew looks delicious!

  10. Lovely job my dear! I think our unBrunswicks are pretty darn good. Your photo is just beautiful.

  11. Non-Brunswick or not, it looks wonderful!

    I'd definately eat it! LOL.
    Great job!

  12. Your stew looks delicious.

  13. I don't think I've ever heard of Brunswick Stew, but yours looks really tasty, regardless!

  14. What a nice looking stew! This looks so delicious! Thanks for some tips here.

  15. Delicioso!!! great looking stew.

  16. I didn't know you were participating to the Daring Kitchen challenge!


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