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.
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.
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.
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.
2 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat
I made this and it was wonderful everyone devoured it!!!!