Brunswick Stew


This classic Southern stew has as many variations as people making it, but historically it features fresh game and smoked meat along with some vegetables. This veggie-loaded version gets great smoky flavor from a smoked turkey drumstick.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
12 cups


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, halved lengthwise if large, thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 1 dried bay leaf

  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen

  • 2 cups frozen lima beans

  • 2 cups sliced okra, fresh or frozen

  • 1 smoked turkey drumstick (about 1 pound)

  • cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 to 3 tablespoons light brown sugar


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, broth and bay leaf; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in potatoes, corn, lima beans, okra and turkey. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. Stir in Worcestershire, vinegar, brown sugar to taste and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer for 10 minutes more. Transfer the turkey to a clean cutting board. Simmer the stew until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes more.

  3. Dice the turkey meat (discard the skin, bones and cartilage). Return it to the stew. Serve hot.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
6g Fat
44g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 12g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Vitamin A 3219IU 64%
Vitamin C 24mg 27%
Folate 51mcg 13%
Sodium 670mg 29%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 949mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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