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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019


Recipe Summary

35 mins
1 hr 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/2 cups
306 calories; protein 23.2g; carbohydrates 43.5g; dietary fiber 6.2g; sugars 11.7g; fat 5.9g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 46.7mg; vitamin a iu 3219.3IU; vitamin c 24.3mg; folate 51.1mcg; calcium 78.4mg; iron 2.7mg; magnesium 53mg; potassium 949.4mg; sodium 670.4mg; added sugar 3g.

2 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat