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Healthy Brunswick Stew


I don’t know about you guys, but food memories are the ones my brain holds on to for the longest. I can’t remember names, places, or dates to save my life. When I think back on a vacation I went on years ago, chances are that the only thing I remember about it is the food we ate. Food sticks with me!

I remember going to Mrs. Wilke’s Boarding House on a family trip to Savannah when I was in elementary school. The restaurant only serves its food one way: family style. If you have a party less than 10, then you get seated at a large table with strangers. I remember it being a very bizarre but amazing way to have a meal. There was fried chicken, greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and any other Southern dish you could imagine. But the one thing I remember the taste of most of all was this incredible stew they served as a side dish.

I’ve been meaning to make this stew for YEARS! When I looked it up a few days ago to make for Sunday dinner today, I was a bit dismayed at the ingredient list. It involves 1 1/2 cups of ketchup (which, if you used store-bought ketchup, would amount to 96 grams of sugar and 3,840 milligrams of sodium in the recipe) and 1/2 cup of pork or bacon drippings. My oh my oh my. Or as they would say in Savannah… great time of day. As you can imagine, I had to make many tweaks to this recipe to make it something I felt comfortable eating and feeding to my husband. For one I made homemade ketchup, which is an easy and natural alternative to the stuff in the store. I left out the bacon fat, added in some veggies, and got this delicious dish that takes me right back to that giant table at Savannah.


Brunswick Stew

by Lauren

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: soup/stew entree Southern



  • 1 1/2 c. ketchup (homemade is best!)
  • 1/2 c. your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 c. vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 lbs. cooked, diced chicken (optional)
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked, diced potatoes
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 T. worcestire sauce
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 14 oz. can of creamed corn
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a pot on medium-low heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.

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The ingredients seem weird but I cannot explain the deliciousness it makes when combined. It’s rich and complex and humble and totally amazing.

Make it! Soon.

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  • Emily February 11, 2013, 10:59 am

    Yum! I definitely need to try this soon. I’ve gone on a strict– “you’re going to law school and need to save as much money as you possibly can” — budget. So meal planning is a must. I may get you to help me with some tips girly.
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